Milk & Honey Bar + Kitchen – Review of Denver fine dining

This Denver restaurant, Located in historic Larimer Square, is creating unique dishes, capably served, and embued with European influences

Caramelized bone marrow brûlée, Onion marmalade and country toast accompany the dish. @Ron Stern All rights reserved

DENVER, Colorado, March 11, 2016 — Milk & Honey Bar + Kitchen, one of the latest additions to the Denver restaurant scene, was co-founded by nationally renowned chef Michael Shiell and managing partner Christopher Rehm in 2015. Located just below street level in historic Larimer Square, this fine-dining eatery serves up new American cuisine with European influences.

Milk & Honey is situated in Denver’s historic Larimer Square District and set back from the street. Visitors will need to use a street meter or valet or pay at one of the nearby parking lots or garages. You will then need to make your way through an alley-way off of Larimer and head downstairs to the restaurant.

The space has a luxury tavern ambiance and is divided between a bar and lounge and the dining area. We were promptly seated in the dining room, which has a clean modern black and white motif with exposed brick walls and dark wood ceilings. The oversized booths were plush and comfortable and adorned in faux black snakeskin.

One of the standout features here is that the capable waitstaff and can assist patrons by making table side recommendations for food and drinks. Indeed, our server seemed to be as well versed in cuisine as many chefs. Indeed, he was able to elaborate on the finer elements of each dish which added to the overall enjoyment.

The menu features a variety of snacks, small plates, veggies, and entrees, all at affordable price points for a fine dining, Zagat-rated restaurant ($6-$41). The atmosphere is informal and dishes are seasonally prepared and locally-sourced whenever possible.

This is all by design as Executive Chef Michael Sheill puts it,

“We developed a delightful range of dishes for this unique dinner menu to provide many possible pairings and combinations. For couples and groups who want to sample many distinct flavors, this is the ideal experience.”

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Start with one of their signature cocktails or wines like the Milk & Honey, made with vanilla tequila, carob, almond milk, and honey ($12). Or, try my personal favorite, the Colorado Hug, blended with pear infused Deep Eddy vodka, St. Germain, honey, lime, and cucumber ($14).

For snacks, try their shishito peppers with soy and ginger and topped with bonito flakes ($10). These are one of the most popular appetizers to enjoy on their open patio during the spring and summer.  While the peppers are fairly mild, we were told that about every 13th one packs a little heat, sort of a game of pepper roulette.

Next up is the closely demanded second, the balsamic glazed ribs with basil and Aleppo pepper ($12).  These small, sweet, meaty sensations fall off the bone, and you may be easily tempted to make these the entire meal, but save room for other offerings.

Bone marrow has worked its way into the collective, culinary scene but here they add a couple of interesting upgrades. For their bone marrow brûlée, they caramelize the tops of the bones, which adds a crispy sweet contrast to the savory marrow ($13). Onion marmalade and country toast accompany the dish.

For your entrée, you can choose between chicken, duck, fish, or beef. If you are craving meat, then go for their Soy Dip‘t Beef Filet with tobac onion, Chinese mustard, and a classic French bordelaise ($41). The meat is laboriously ladled with soy sauce, creating a nice crust and intense flavor.

What would a fine meal be without dessert? So, save room for some sweetness. A great choice would be their salted caramel pot de crème with Chantilly cream and Maldon salt ($7). This cool, creamy, sweet, and salty dessert will top off your evening and undoubtedly have you thinking about a return visit.

When you go:

Location: 1414 Larimer St. Denver, Colorado
Monday: Closed
Tues-Friday: 11 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Sat-Sun: Brunch- 10:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Open until 10:30 p.m.

FTC Disclosure: This was a sponsored visit. However, all opinions herein are the author’s.

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Ron Stern
Ron Stern, aka: The Global Gumshoe is passionate about excellence in hospitality and tourism. He writes full features with a focus on luxury, cuisine, hotels, resorts, tourism and travel destinations. His articles have appeared in national and regional magazines such as Shape, Cruise, Frequent Flyer, AAA Motorist, Visit Los Cabos Guide, Destinations West, Key Biscayne and La Jolla Today. Other articles have been published in newspapers (print and online) such as The Chicago Tribune, Orlando Sun Sentinel, Bismarck Tribune, The Jamaican Observer, the Coloradoan and travel trade magazines. Ron’s other contributions have been noted by PBS, Mobil Travel Guides and his photography has been used extensively by entities such as tourism boards and public relations firms. He has traveled extensively and is the author of five books. Ron's motto: "uncovering the sole of travel" humorously captures his spirit of walking the world travel beat as a gumshoe detective, always looking for a story.