Best Restaurants: Fruition Restaurant Review – Denver, Colorado, USA
Imagine a chef who cares so much about his/her business and their customers that they invest their life in procuring a farm to source the ingredients for their establishment. The farm is a venue for them to channel their love for cuisine into controlling the way they would raise the livestock for their meats and grow the spices and grains for their dishes. Well, you don’t have to imagine anymore.
Chef Alex Seidel has made a real name for himself with his Fruition Restaurant concept in Denver, Colorado. Not only does Seidel run Fruition Restaurant, but he also owns Fruition Farms, the only registered sheep dairy in the state of Colorado. In 2009 Seidel purchased the 10-acre farm, and by November of that year his goal was to create Colorado’s first Artisanal Sheep Dairy and Creamery to provide products for his Fruition Restaurant.
Former Fruition Sous Chef Jimmy Warren is in charge of the farm. By the summer of 2011, their Ricotta received a first place finish in the Open Category for Sheep’s Milk and Mixed Milk cheeses at the American Cheese Society Conference in Montreal, Canada. They work closely with Fruition Farm’s house grower, Ilse Meyer, to provide a major part of the delectable food served in the Fruition Restaurant.
From Heritage Pigs to their own Honey Bees and East Friesian Sheep and Lamb, Fruition Farms is on the cutting edge of modern farm production. The local sourcing of their cheese, meat, and vegetable products allows the team at Fruition Restaurant to give the freshest, tastiest ingredients imaginable to their guests and it really shines through in the cuisine.
There is something about the subtle but bold flavors present in the food at Fruition Restaurant that is simply unforgettable. Make sure to reserve a seat because this place is almost always packed!
What to order: Fruition Best Restaurants Review
Fruition Restaurant offers a seasonal menu, so this can change depending upon what time of year you visit the establishment. The fresh-baked bread was delicious, coming directly from the source at The Grateful Bread Company, a high-quality Denver based family-owned artisanal bakery. Given the new menu for winter and the recent redesign, this was a perfect time to visit the location for our Fruition Restaurant Review.
The Pasta Carbonara is a magnificent representation of the type of fare you should expect from this menu. This dish is comprised of House-Cured Pork Belly, Hand-Made Cavatelli, a Six Minute Egg, & Cacio Pecora Broth (a specialty house ewe cheese), a perfect combination of savory flavors that instantly melts in your mouth and warms you from the inside-out. This dish is one of the staples of the establishment, and an absolute must-have for anyone visiting for the first time!
Pan Roasted Lamb Loin
Another favorite is the Pan Roasted Lamb Loin. This heavenly treat rests on a bed of Crispy Semolina, Spicy Tomato Jam, French Onion Purée, & Fresh-Picked Baby Kale. Cooked to perfection, this inventive plate is hearty and refreshing, every bite exploding with juicy, peppery spices. The beautiful presentation and the melding of flavors can’t help but bring to mind the clean, sweet Colorado open range living that inspired these amazing ingredients.
Lemon Meringue Pie
And don’t forget to order the Lemon Meringue Pie, made with Graham Cracker Crust & Fresh Blueberry Compote. This is a house favorite, (and one of mine) expertly bringing my mind back to endless warm July picnics with the family. In this treat you will find an intense juxtaposition of sweet and sour flavors, indiscreetly meshing to form some new, nearly indescribable flavor of savory delight. The owner is known to order one (or two) for dessert daily!
Make sure to check out the drink menu below to see their astounding selection of wines and craft cellar beers. Fruition Restaurant’s Aaron Foster does a marvelous job of updating the wine selection, crafting delicious cocktails, and providing excellent service for its clientele despite the lack of a dedicated sit-down bar.
Menu: Fruition Restaurant Review
Click on any of the following links to view Fruition’s Menus for Winter of 2016.
- Fruition Restaurant Dinner Menu – FruitionDinner
- Fruition Restaurant Dessert Menu – FruitionDessert
- Fruition Restaurant Beer & Cocktail – FruitionBeer
- Fruition Restaurant White Wine – FruitionWine_white
- Fruition Restaurant Red Wine – FruitionWine_red
Atmosphere: Fruition Best RestaurantsReview
Fruition Restaurant has recently been renovated and it couldn’t be more attractive. Reminiscent of many New England craftsman’s farmhouse kitchens, there is a definitively inviting atmosphere. From the lighting to the furniture, the entire mood is designed to make you feel relaxed and welcome.
The moment you enter you will find a friendly host to take your coat and find your seat. You will only become more comfortable as continue to relax and drink in the inviting aromas and sounds. Fruition has a craftsman’s farmhouse feel with rich woods and handcrafted styles, including a sleek wall-sized wine rack to proudly display all of their rare vintages. It really makes the dining experience much more enjoyable when you feel like you could be at home.
This spot is definitely something you don’t want to miss out on!
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