When we want Five-Star cuisine among the mountains, we head to Penrose Room at The Broadmoor. The only thing that can compete with the Colorado restaurant’s killer views (you’ll get an eyeful of Colorado Spring and Cheyenne Mountain from the dining room) is the food. Penrose Room executive chef Bertrand Bouquin’s menu changes seasonally, so highlights come and go. However, there are a few items that warrant special mention. Here are five dishes that keep us coming back for more:
1. The appetizer tasting. This tasting allows you to sample five different hors d’oeuvres (for a supplemental fee). It’s the perfect way to get a little bit of everything.
2. Fois gras. Do yourself a favor and make sure that at least one of the appetizers you choose features foie gras, either cold or hot. Both options are a treat for your taste buds.
3. Caesar salad. The Caesar salad stands alone as a permanent fixture of the menu and with good reason — prepared tableside, it’s a side show as well as an old favorite.
4.Halibut. Halibut in black olive oil with fingerlings, mustard greens and baby carrots is another signature. The seemingly simple dish lets the great ingredients shine.
5. Dessert with seasonal fruits. Although executive pastry chef Rémy Fünfrock’s dessert selection rotates regularly, his penchant for seasonal fruits is something to consider as you peruse your options. The sommeliers recommend ice wines or sauternes with fruit desserts, so be sure to ask for suggestions to pair with your sweet ending.
Photo courtesy of The Broadmoor