Saturday, October 24, 2009

Soleil Mediterranean Grille & Wine Bar

Soleil Mediterranean Grille & Wine Bar
2817 E. 3rd Ave
Denver, CO 80206
(303) 316-9100
www.soleildenver.com


I was craving French bistro food last Thursday night but didn’t want the obvious choices and couldn't find anything else close by that was good with kids. So we decided instead to go to Soleil in Cherry Creek (I know, so not French food) They have a great Mediterranean type tapas menu and I thought it might hit the spot. It had been years since our last disappointing visit so we thought it deserved another try.

We arrived a little before six (prime dining hour with kids) and were the only ones seated on the patio. In fact we were the only ones in the whole restaurant. And the service was great. I wish I could say the same for the food.
It started off fine with a antipasto platter filled with mozzarella and feta cheese, caper berries, sundried tomatoes, roasted eggplant, artichoke hearts, and a few types of meat. The kids happily ate almost everything on it. We also ordered them red pepper hummus which did not go over as well. They enjoyed the veggies but the hummus was thick and not as creamy as they are used to.

My husband ordered paella with the intention of sharing it with the kids. They were excited about the crawdads since they had never tried one before. As he was pulling out the meat, he noticed it didn’t smell great. My daughter put it in her mouth and immediately spit it out. Unfortunately the rest of the paella also tasted like rotten crawdad. I ordered a mushroom pizza as there were very few options on the menu without meat that sounded appealing. It sounded full of flavor with basil pesto and white truffle oil and exotic mushrooms but was instead dull and boring. The apple salad I ordered had lots flavor with dried fruits, candied nuts, and shaved parm but I surprised it was really an apple salad and not apples with lettuce and nuts and fruits and parm.

We were compensated for the rotten paella (though we did still pay for it) with a delicious dessert. They called it tiramisu but it was a slice of creamy rich goodness covered in chocolate and caramel sauces. Perfect for well behaved dining companions.

By the time we left, the patio had filled up. The heat was turned on and it was a cozy place to share a meal. We won’t be sharing one there again anytime soon.

Children's Menu: N
Kid friendly: **
Food: **
Ambiance: ***

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