We went to Bistro Barbès because it was # 19 of 5280’s list of 25 best restaurants in 2015 and because Bill Porter, the food critic of the Denver Post, answered our e-mail and said we should try it. We had a lovely evening. Megan Silvertooth, the manager, helped us at first. Mitch K was busy because the restaurant was busy when we arrived at 6:30 p.m. The room is long and narrow and looks like it was once a garage; very spare. The art was nice on the brick walls. We shared everything, as usual. We were brought bread and an amuse bouche for each of us. It was a delicious dab of foie with a spicy marmalade on top of a crispy cracker. The restaurant has a limited menu and we think that is great. We started with an appetizer of Roasted Quail with Christophene squash, baby artichokes and blood orange ($13). The quail was infused with the coriander and vanilla that the artichokes were roasted with; it was delicious. For our entrée we had the Duck Breast with saffron-celery root mousseline, sultanas and marcona almond tabbouleh (Israeli couscous) with roasted oyster mushrooms ($34). It was a wonderful dish. Dimitri had a glass of Racemi “Anarkos” Primitivo Malvasia Neva from Puglia, Italy 2013 ($9). He really liked it. For dessert we shared the Cappuccino Pot au Crème ($14) which was a chocolate Grenache, espresso cream with lemon foam served with a tuile. It was very rich! We also had a decaf ($3). It enjoyed the food and the service. We spent $79.06 plus tax.
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