Sunday, October 25, 2009

Colt & Gray

Colt & Gray
1553 Platte St
Denver, CO 80202-6103
(303) 477-1447

We were so excited to try Colt & Gray. I was following the progress and fantasizing over the menu online for months before it opened. For a while the website said to check back soon for children's menu, which led to me to be very hopeful it would be a great place to bring kids. I guess I didn't read between the lines when it was no longer on the website.

Our first meal there was brunch without the kids- which is fortunate because if dinner was first we probably never would have returned to learn how great brunch can be. The french press coffee was hot and strong. It was hard to make choices from the menu as everything sounded delicious. I had Duck Confit Hash with scrambled eggs and Rosemary-Parmesan Bread Crumb. It was flavorful and perfectly balanced. My husband had Merguez Sausage, crispy Foie Gras fat fried potatoes, frisee & poached eggs. All the component worked together to make a delicious breakfast.

There were a few large parties with several kids happily eating pancakes and french toast. We couldn't wait to return with the kids for dinner.

We went on a Friday night to celebrate the fact that I have finally finished school. Our reservations were at 5:45 which was lucky since dinner took almost 2 hours.
We were seated immediately but did not place an order until 6:05. We ordered some bar snacks of Blue Cheese Dusted Gourgeres that came at the same time as the rest of the appetizers- twenty minutes later. The gourgeres (warm cheesy puffs of goodness)were a huge hit with the kids. My pumpkin soup with pepitas and creme fresh was delicious and smooth, but cold.

Dinner took another 20 minutes to come. I order barbecued duck that came with a side of ratatouille (my choice). The plate seemed incomplete and given the fact it only cost $3 less than my husbands fully composed meal, I felt cheated. Both components were fine but lacking excitement, though the ratatouille was more tomato than any other vegetable. One kid had a grill cheese sandwich and one had a slider burger. Both were tasty. My husband ordered pork chops. He usually is wary of ordering them out since he often finds them flavorless. there description was so tempting spaetzle, figs and chipotle, he thought he could not go wrong. Turned out, he was.

It took another 20 minutes for our plates to be cleared and the waitress to come back and even asked if we wanted dessert. The kids were spent by then and so where we. A disappointing meal has a way of just crushing your soul for the moment.

We left without dessert and without the feeling of celebration we came for. And without of the feeling that our kids were appreciated there. However, brunch was too good to forget so we might be back on a Sunday morning.

Children's menu: no
Food: ** 1/2
Kid friendly:**
Ambiance: ** 1/2

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