Denver >Duo Restaurant
Perfect for a Date. I went there for a date and the place was just perfect for it: we were able to talk easily, the waitress was excellent, attentive but not in our faces, they altered my dish to my liking. Would strongly recommend for a quiet evening.
Duo= OK food. Haven't been in for a while, it was ok. Honestly I don't see what the fuss is all about? My wife's gnocchi was burnt and under seasoned. I had the Mahi-Mahi, and boy it was bad! The pistou seemed to overpower me with garlic, the carrots and potatoes were kinda mushy, too much pepper. One dish under seasoned and one dish over seasoned, I guess if we would of combined them, the seasoning would of been there.
great place - the way they ought to be. Food's excellent, atmosphere's excellent. A little expensive, but sometimes you get what you pay for, and this place is better than most any place else for the price (or any other price) in the city, in my experience. Great seasonal menu done very well.
Fulfilled high expectations. From wine to apps to desserts -- delicious. I particularly liked the artisinal mushrooms on toast as an appetizer -- just savory and yummy. The fried chicken was very good -- texture and flavor. The item I liked least (cabbage stuffed with pilaf) was still OK. I came from the office with a tie on... and was the only one in the place with a tie. The rest of the clientele had a purposeful and studied casualness that might have been annoying if the staff hadn't made me feel welcome. Not that I thought that they liked me personally or anything; the fact was that these guys were consummate pros. I've been to the 'hot restaurant of the moment' before where the staff feel a license to pull attitude. Not here....
Good comfort food. Good cozy establishment in the highlands area of Denver. Somewhat limited but seasonal menu. Service very good. Had to wait for 15 minutes in the bar for table but since we had a reserveation the manager brought compliementary appetizers. Would go back.
Most Amazing Restaurant For the Midwest. The Duo is tucked away downtown. It is warm and inviting with a knowledgeable staff. The menu is seasonal offering a great reason to go at least 4 time a year to see what is being cooked up. Currently on the menu is the best Buttermilk Fried Chicken you could ever imagine. Paying $18 for a plate of fried chicken at an upscale restaurant sounds ridiculus, but trust me, you will realize why you did it with the very first tender and juicy bite. It is magnificent! Bobby, the mananger and Friday night bartender, is amazing. He is very knowledgeable of the menu and makes a fantastic cocktail. The rest of the staff is absolutely amazing too! It is a great place to go and have a delicious meal at a moderate price. You will not be disappointed!
Love this place. We've had dinner at Duo three times in the last 5 months. The prices for the wine list and quality ingredients are an incredible value - we used to go to Cafe Star for the value, but ever since Chef Rebecca left, the food has gone downhill. But I digress. The ingredients at Duo are fresh and simple. The asparagus salad consisted of fresh large stems that were the biggest we'd ever seen; the flavor combo of butter, lemon, pinenuts, tomatoes, bacon (and other stuff I'm missing, I'm sure) was pleasantly surprising. The lamb meatballs (perfectly textured and soft) w/pureed eggplant and a spicy tomato sauce was also amazing, but simple at the same time. The Shortribs Gnocchi is our current fave; lots of tender short rib meat w/soft homemade gnocchi! Last season, we had the quail and duck dishes - both were executed very well, but it didn't leave us panting like the current menu. The caesar salad is incredible - so different w/whole grilled red onion slices, polenta croutons and white anchovies, but very familiar at the same time. They use whole romaine leaves, which is nice. There are some dishes, however, that don't quite live up to the others. The deviled eggs were on both last and this season's menu - they're just deviled eggs with a few drops of caviar and a sliver of prosciutto. Didn't seem anything special to us. The crabcake is perfectly round and fully breaded (so you can't see the meat through the breading), then dropped in a deep fryer, which is kind of sacrilege to my Philly-born husband. A crabcake should be lightly breaded so that the meat shows through, and it should be pan fried. The dessert/pastry chef is truly the most talented of her kind in Denver. The brown butter cake with marscapone cheese we had last night was truly amazing. I'm so glad we ordered it, b/c it went off the menu as of today, our server told us. They're taking reservations for less than 6 now, b/c we reserve a two-top each visit.
Great for intimate dinners.
Great atmosphere and even greater food. Perry the waiter was very knowledgable of the dishes and made a great wine selection. I had the pork chop and it was tops. I love the way they served the coffee in a personal sized French press. The lemon cake desert was also wonderful and had great texture, especially the warm and cold difference between the bottom and top of the cake.
The menu is phenomenal and with every seasonal change continues to be so. Their wine pairings are always spot on, too! Everytime we go it is an occassion to remember.
great neighborhood spot. The chef at Duo really understands flavor profiles. The menu is eclectic (for Denverites, reminiscent of Sean Kelly's food). Hardwood floors, exposed brick, owners are lovely attentive and involved. This is the place to go for the exact opposite of a chain-dining experience.
Amazing Dinner, Yummy Dessert!.
Went to Duo last night with friends. Was not sure what to expect, but was excited with the prospects. Menu was not overwhelming, and it was easy to key in on what I wanted without too much trouble. Had the rissotto fritters which were good. Reminded me of hushpuppies with an added surprises of shrimp in the middle. Yum. Had the pork stew as my entree. Initially thought it would be a bowl of stew, but was delighted with what I got instead..it was AMAZINGLY good! The pork was braised so well it fell apart when my fork lightly pressed on it, and did remind of pork from a good homemade stew. Very delicious.
But lastly....the dessert. Ordered the special of 2 macroons and two little mini scoops of sorbet (was it peach? I can't remember). What an amazing pairing of flavores. The sorbet matched the macroons well, and together, created a dessert that was refreshing, and not too sweet, or heavy. A great way to end my meal.
Two thumbs up for sure. Dinner, service, dessert..all pushing me towards doing a "duo" appearance, and heading to the restaurant again!
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