Wednesday, October 28, 2009


1109 ogden, Denver

Potager turned out to be the real celebration meal. (see Colt and Gray review below) I happen think every meal at Potager is a celebration. Though some may disagree, I love to see where my food comes from and what farms are being supported.

Every meal we have had at Potager was been a treat. We often take out of town guest here. We prefer to go in the summer when we can eat outside with the kids.There is a covered patio and an uncovered garden area allowing the setting to truly complement the food. Sitting inside with kids is more of a challenge since they don't take reservations and it's quite noisy most nights. But at 5:40 we got right in and sat in the bar area where the tables are a little bigger and the atmosphere a little quieter.

The food always matches the seasons at Potager. We started with pumpkin ravioli with brown butter, parm, and sage: quintessential fall. I had beet risotto with goat cheese, balsamic reduction and walnuts which was a little heavy but creamy and beautifully colored. I was better served by the wilted greens with garlic and lemon I had on a previous recent meal there. Served slightly warm with a wedge of lemon-they tasted bitter, and sweet and fresh- a great start to produce centered meal.

The kids meal was perfect for adventurous eaters. Hand cut noodles with apples, pears, currants, capers, cashews and marscapone cheese, all things my kids happen to love. My entree was the special- perfectly cooked and seasoned salmon over a hash of mushrooms, leeks and potatoes with a salad of sliced apples and greens on top. My husbands dish was almost too beautiful to eat. A warm lamb salad with a small pumpkin on the side stuffed with fried onion, cannelloni beans, grilled potatoes, feta cheese, candied pecans and arugula. On previous meals- mostly in the summer, the kids shared cold cucumber soup, crab cakes, peach and goat cheese pizza and anything involving pancakes.

We finally got the celebratory dessert and it was worth waiting for.The gingerbread cake was so rich it looked like chocolate yet tasted like fall, with the molasses and ginger flavors melting in my mouth. The first time I had it, there was a homemade caramel sauce and a poached pear. The second time it was paired with sauteed apples and sabayon. I would return to Potager just for that cake! We also had a delicious ganache and caramel tart with homemade hazelnut ice cream.

The service was fantastic, even involving complements as to how well the kids did. We felt welcomed and well taken care of. Just the kind of feeling and meal you expect when going out for a celebration. Or any other time, like a Tuesday night.

Kids Menu: N
Food: ****
Kid friendly: ***
Ambiance: ***

1 comment:

  1. ohhh that makes me hungry! you should be paid as a resturant reviewer! impressive! :)