Happy Friday from Denver! The weekend is here, what is everyone doing on the last weekend of August (before school starts in September?) Well, to my readers living in Denver (anyone? leave me a comment if you are in Denver), husband and I had a date night while we are in Denver and we ate at STK Denver. While I am no stranger to STK chain of restaurants (NY, LA, Vegas), I wanted something familiar yet different and we found ourselves at STK Denver on Market Street in Downtown Denver.
We were greeted with warm hospitality from Michael, the GM and he offered to take us on a little tasting adventure featuring some of the signature STK dishes, mixed in with a little Denver local flare. I’ll let my photos do the talking with a side of commentary and reviews.
Cucumber Stiletto – ketel one citroen vodka, st. germain, muddled cucumber, mint. This drink was light and refreshing while bold on the alcohol. I personally like cucumber and mint mixed together so this house classic libation is perfect for me to start the evening.
STK Mule – belvedere unfiltered vodka, yellow chartreuse, lime, ginger beer. This was husband’s drink of the evening. While he wasn’t much of a drinker as I am, he was pleasantly surprised by this and even declared that this drink was one of the best mixed drink he has had.
Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad – apples, cranberries, aged goat cheese, marcona almonds. This quite possibly one of my favorite salads. I mean, just take a look at all the fresh ingredients, what is there not to like? I love the crunchiness of marcona almonds contrast with the sweet and tart cranberries and apple. While husband didn’t cared much for the brussel sprouts in general, I happily took over his portion and almost cleaned plate.
Tuna Tartare – hass avocado, soy honey emulsion, taro chips. This dish is pretty much on par with most of the tuna tartares I have had in the past with the exception of its sauce. The sauce was so good, husband asked for all the ingredients and I of course, took mental note so that I can replicate when we get home. Don’t tell anyone but the only ingredients used in this sauce were: soy, honey, wasabi, chili oil. That’s it!! And it is all about finding the right balance and flavoring.
Short Rib Pappardelle – house-made pasta tossed in foie butter with a short rib ragu and marscapone horseradish topped with parmesan shavings. This has to be one of my favorite dishes of the evening. The house made pappardelle was perfectly made and cooked. Foie butter is the essence to keeping the pasta moist and chewy. The rich rib ragu topped with sharp marscapone horseradish mixed all together within the pasta makes this dish
finger fork licking good.
10oz Filet – topped with local porcini mushrooms and red wine sauce, served with grilled asparagus and mac-n-cheese as sides. This sexy piece of meat was seared to medium rare perfection. It wasn’t over nor under cooked and I really appreciate the chef putting the effort to time it just right. The local porcini mushroom is a meatier type of mushroom, which retains flavor and integrity well when it is cooked (meaning it won’t shrivel up like other mushrooms do) and I like the texture it adds to the steak. Of course, you cannot go wrong with the side of STK signature mac-n-cheese.
Sweet Potatoes Donuts – maple glaze, candied pecans, marscapone creme. I love sweet potatoes and I love donuts and this combination is a match made in dessert haven. I thought the texture of sweet potatoes would be too dense for donuts, this was just the right amount of density. The maple glazed pecan gives it a slight crunch and texture to the taste. I must be completely honest and say that I would rather have a scoop of good ol’ fashion vanilla ice cream with this instead of the marscapone creme. Perhaps my taste buds aren’t quite sophisticated, but nothings says comfort dessert than donuts and ice cream 🙂
Now about my date night fashion, the 90’s called and sheer top is back, but much elevated. There will be no neon, but instead embellished sheer tops are major this fall. Beaded, embroidered, textured with polka dots, the works! I layered my NA-KD lace top with a cami underneath and ruffle mini skirt and I wore the only “fancy” pair of shoes I brought with me on this trip, my Miu Miu lace up flats, it really goes with every outfit.
**My meal was compliments of STK Denver, all opinoins however was entirely my own**
~ xo Sheree
Top : : NA-KD c/o (similar Here and Here both under $40)
Cami : : B.P. sold out (option like This and This under $40)
Skirt : : old (option under $50 Here, Here and Here)
Flats : : Miu Miu (similar under $100 Here and Here)
Belt : : Gucci also in Silver