Thursday, December 6, 2012

Twelve Restaurant in Denver

Over the weekend we went out with our good friends, Judy and Denny (Len on the left and Denny on the right).  We had not been to Twelve in a long time and it was a home run!
As the name implies, the menu changes each month (or 12 times a year).  Chef, Jeff Osaka, is inspired by local and seasonal products and he creates each monthly menu around that.
Len and I started with a seared foie gras accompanied with a red-beet-chocolate pain perdo (a french toast) and a horseradish creme on the side.  The foie gras was sublime and cooked to perfection.  It just melted in your mouth and the pain perdo really complimented the foie gras. And yes, the earthiness of the beet and chocolate were a wonderful combination.  Our waiter, Justin, brought us both a complimentary glass of Tokay to go with the foie.  Perfection.  Tokay is a sweet white wine from Hungary's Tokay region.  Ranked as one of the best in the world and very similar to a French sauterne.
For my entree, I had the duck confit with brussel sprouts and bacon that had been tossed with a black truffle vinaigrette with a poached egg on top.   Yumm.  Len had the hanger steak with yukon gold potato puree, crispy sweetbreads and a blue cheese slaw.  The hanger steak was perfectly cooked and the sweetbreads were delicious.  Our waiter brought a a bowl of additional sweetbreads to the table.   I make sweetbreads at home and they had the perfect crunch on the outside.   Judy had a healthy serving of the pork belly osso bucco which had a hint of Moroccan flavoring to it.  The meat just feel off the bone.  Denny said his monk fish was excellent.  It did look good but I unfortunately did not get a taste.
Len selected a great wine from Napa, a Robert Sinskey POV.  A full bodied red that is a combination of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet and Merlot. 
Not only was the food outstanding, our waiter, Justin, was very attentive and knowledgeable.
Having both a starter and an entree, none of us had room for dessert but Justin brought us each a shot glass of chocolate Pot de Creme on the house.  What a perfect way to end a perfect dinner.  We'll be back soon!

2233 Larimer Street

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