25 January 2015

Denver Restaurant Review: Zengo

Every few months, chef Richard Sandoval and his renown culinary team explore new flavors and techniques in their "Test Kitchen." From now through March 31st, Zengo is featuring cuisine from Mexico and Korea. Rather than fusing the two regions as he has done in the past, Sandoval and his team have created separate dishes that highlight the flavors and ingredients from each region. The result is a tasty verity of small plates and cocktails that range from Achiote Mahi Mahi Tostadas to Kimchee & Tofu Soup.
Located in lower downtown, Zengo offers a hip atmosphere alongside small plates with big flavors. The service is extremely knowledgeable and the unique cocktails never disappoint. Make sure to visit Zengo before March 31st to experience Sandoval's newest Test Kitchen items. (See full menu here.)

The other Test Kitchen cocktail:
Watermelon Soju Margarita
Agave Reposado / Korean Charm Soju
Watermelon / Serrano pepper

Test Kitchen Soup Option:
Kimchee & Tofu Soup
Pozole / Cabbage / Guajillo Broth / Tortilla Strips


05 December 2014

New Latin Flavors: Chef Richard Sandoval's New Cookbook

Sandoval Restaurants
Looking for the perfect holiday gift for your fellow foodie? Look no further than Chef Richard Sandoval's new cookbook, New Latin Flavors Hot Dishes, Cool Drinks. With over forty restaurants around the globe,  Sandoval has pulled together a variety of seasoned dishes to create a book that offers an exciting new vision of contemporary Latin cooking.
Although his renown destinations are scattered throughout the globe, Colorado is one of Sandoval's favorite places and home to five of his famous restaurants - Tamayo, Zengo, La Biblioteca, La Sandia Canita Northfield and La Sandia Canita Park Meadows. It's no wonder he chose his Denver restaurant and tequila library, La Biblioteca, to launch his new cookbook packed with over 125 flavorful dishes. I was lucky enough to go to the launch party where I met Sandoval himself, and tried a few bites from New Latin Flavors - Watermelon Margaritas, Venezuelan Corn Pancakes, Beef and Corn Anticucho, and Ham Croquettes. Sandoval says his food is "simple," giving the traditional recipes he grew up with, a modern twist of global flavor.  His recipes are meant to be adapted to each individual taste, to be used as guidelines for your own masterpiece.

Richard Sandoval Restaurants - Ham Croquettes
Chef Richard Sandoval signing my copy of New Latin Flavors
New Latin Flavors is available for purchase online as well as any of his five Colorado locations.
Buen Provecho!   

25 November 2014

Tamayo: New Fall Menu

Richard Sandoval's modern Mexican restaurant, Tamayo, has launched it's fall menu. With earthy flavors from Mexico and contemporary tastes, Tamayo's fall menu is rich with creative and comforting foods. Chef Richard Sandoval uses his native Mexico City roots in conjunction to culinary ideas from California and Dubai.  He mixes Asian flavors and Latin heat to create a one of a kind, worldly menu this fall.

Lunch Menu Highlights:
Crispy Crab Cake Salad - with butter lettuce, green apple, grapefruit, red radish and jalapeƱo mustard dressing
Chicken Mole Enchiladas - with shredded chicken, corn tortilla, mole poblano, cream fresca and cotija cheese
Crispy Tofu Tacos - with cilantro tortillas, romaine lettuce and shiitake vinaigrette 

Dinner Menu Highlights:
Pacific Shrimp Tamal - with poblano chile green pea puree, chile pulla salsa and tomatillo salad
Salad of Yucatan Octopus - with watercress, jicama, black olive caramel, cilantro pesto and herb dressing
Huitlacoche Stuffed Chicken Breast - with Mexican style ricotta cheese, yucca puree and green chile "atole"
Pork Carnitas & Achiote Tenderloin - with achiote-bacon lentils, fingerling potatoes and radish sprouts salad

Cocktail Menu Highlights:
Simply Bliss - with Monte Alban Reposado, Luxardo Cherry Liquor, White Wine and Orange Bitters
La Fleetwood - with Evan Williams Bourbon, Cynar, Simple Syrup and Angostura Bitters
The Mellon Fresco Martini - with Grey Goose Le Melon, house Made Sour Mix, Simple Syrup, Fresh Cantaloupe and Tajin Orange Zest
The Buena Vida - Tamayo's version of the classic Negroni cocktail with Fidencio Mexcal, Campari, and Sweet Vermouth. It's been aged in American white oak for 2-3 weeks.