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Foodie Files: Tamayo

Foodie Files: Tamayo

Last stop on my Denver Restaurant Week adventure! After having one too many glasses of champagne at Clicquot In The Snow, I had to grab something to eat before trying to navigate the light rail home. One click of the Google Maps and I saw that Tamayo was a block away! I have been wanting to try them for a while due to their fabulous Instagram pics.

Tamayo is one of famed Chef Richard Sandoval’s restaurants located in Larmier Square. Known for its modern Mexican cuisine, Tamayo is one of the hottest restaurants in Denver. This place was BUSY. If you did not have a reservation, it was near impossible to get in during Restaurant Week Saturday. Luckily, a spot at the bar came open squeezed right on in.

For my appetizer, I went with the Caesar Salad. I thought it would be a #basic Caesar and was just in it for the veggies. Wrong! This was the best Caesar salad I’ve ever had. How can a Caesar salad be great, Apryl, you ask? I don’t know. The crispy quinoa and the dressing made it more than your regular Caesar. Someone next to me at the bar couldn’t believe it was a Caesar salad. See? It wasn’t just me.

Next, my entrée was the Carne Asada. The menu describes it as a “chile ancho rubbed skirt steak/cactus salad/chipotle demi/salsa cruda.” In sum, damn good. The skirt steak was tender and with each bite you picked up on different flavor profiles from the salsa and cactus salad. There was a hint of spice that had just enough heat.  

For dessert was the White Chocolate Mousse Pastel. I wasn’t sure what to expect. It had the taste and texture of a light and fluffy cheesecake. The sauce around it was lime-based which brought out the flavor of the mousse and fruits. Honestly, I didn’t pick up on the white chocolate flavor, but I didn’t care—it was amazing.

Overall, I LOVED Tamayo. From starter to dessert, everything was flawless. For just $35, it was an excellent Restaurant Week pick. I want to check out their brunch (again IG pics are amazing and another dinner bragged about it too), and I think it will be sooner rather than later. Farewell, Denver Restaurant Week! Until next time…

How was your Denver Restaurant Week? Any places I missed that I need to try next year? Leave your thoughts in the comments!

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