More often than not you will find me jetting off somewhere to explore and report back on the experience. And while I absolutely love that, I also like to explore my own ‘hood as well! I consider myself lucky to live in a place that is full of awesome sites to see, things to experience, and food to eat. Especially since I grew up in a place (ahem, Wyoming) that wasn’t really great for that. Which brings me to this post…my first restaurant review!
November marks my getting another year older. And it keeps happening year after year, unfortunately. Someone should get on changing that! This year for my birthday dinner, I decided I wanted to try a new restaurant vs. going to a classic favorite. I researched a few different options, and ultimately decided to check out Corinne Restaurant for the occasion.
Corinne is part of the new Le Meridien in downtown Denver, which I have familiarity with because I’m a loyal Starwood platinum guest. This Le Meridien in particular had caught my eye while still under construction due to the fact that they were building what would become the city’s highest open-air rooftop bar, 54Thirty. I was sad to learn the rooftop is closed for the season, and won’t be reopening until spring 2018. So while my dreams of having a birthday libation at 20 floors up were smashed, I forged ahead with my dinner plans at Corinne.
We began our gluttonous meal by sharing not one, but two appetizers. Don’t judge me, calories don’t count on your birthday!
First, we sampled the BLT deviled eggs. These babies had all the makings of a traditional deviled egg: a hard-boiled egg white topped with a creamy egg yolk filling. Where tradition was thrown out the window was with the addition of a peppercorn aioli in the filling, and crumbled bacon, chopped lettuce, and tomato on top. Not a combination I would typically think of, but they were delicious nonetheless!
Next we moved on to the buffalo cauliflower. Yes, you read that correctly. Cauliflower running around masquerading as buffalo sauce slathered wings. These little nuggets were particularly tasty. You still got all the flavor and crunch of a breaded buffalo wing, with slightly less guilt. Although, let’s be honest, they’re still fried and dunked in ranch (if you’re like me), so we’re not really fooling anyone in the health department.
The main event is what sold me on giving Corinne a try, and also what I was most looking forward to. I am a pork lover, through and through.
I like to ask people this question: if you could only eat one animal for the rest of your life, what would it be?
And my answer is pork 100%. So naturally I was excited to see they had a pork shank on the menu! The shank itself was slightly charred and caramelized in a slightly sweet ginger soy sauce, which just made it glisten. As if that weren’t good enough, it was nestled on top of a bed of creamy mashed potatoes. And then dotted along the plate were some brussels sprouts, which are making quite the comeback these days. All of these elements combined to make one absolutely delicious meal, and one absolutely satisfied birthday girl.
Beef was what’s for dinner on my boyfriend’s end of the table. He went with the bacon wrapped filet mignon. The steak was cooked perfectly, which is very important. But what really set the steak off was the disk of crusted blue cheese that rested on top. Combining a piece of the steak with a little bit of that blue cheese crust really did make for the perfect bite.
One of the best parts about celebratory birthday dinners? Free dessert. So naturally we had to take advantage of that, despite not having much room left. So we dove right in to the chocolate peanut butter pie a la mode. You honestly can’t go wrong with the chocolate peanut butter combination. Such a classic. This pie was particularly good as they added crushed up pretzels to the crust to give it a distinct texture that I rather enjoyed. We were so stuffed from our meal that we couldn’t finish it all, but enjoyed every bite we could fit in.
Overall, my boyfriend and I really enjoyed our dinner at Corinne. The location is beautiful, the ambiance is elegant, and the food was delicious. Would definitely recommend you give it a try if you live or visit Denver!
And now I would love to hear from you all on my question posed above: if you could only eat one animal for the rest of your life, what would it be??
Happy eating 🙂