My husband and I kicked off our weekend in Denver with Saturday morning brunch at Olivea. Since we were excited to be escaping the heat of Texas, we jumped at the change to sit outside on their small, cozy patio. We started with the pastry basket; it's not something we'd typically order but since Olivea's pastry chef is so high-regarded, we felt obligated to try it. It proved to be a smart move; the walnut bread, biscotti, cherry scone, and coffee cake muffin were all spectacularly moist and flaky. Next up was Eggs Olivea (two sunny side up eggs on soft polenta with sage, pine nuts & soffritto) for me and breakfast flatbread (crème fraîche, applewood smoked bacon, onions & two sunny side up eggs) for the husband. Both were fantastic, as evidenced by our eventually spotless plates.
By this point we were pretty stuffed, but I wasn't going to leave without trying the oft mentioned chocolate and fleur de sel caramel tart (with milk chocolate gelato and nougatine crunch, per the menu). As it turns out, one taste and suddenly I had no trouble polishing this thing off. The tart was buttery and flaky.
The fantastic food was matched by equally impressive service. Our server was super friendly and helpful, happy to bring extra orange juice to balance out a too-sweet drink. She also chased us down a block past the restaurant after I'd forgotten my to-go container.
All in all, this was a fabulous breakfast and a great introduction to Denver.
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