Mr. Monkey and I met one of his best friends at Rioja for Saturday brunch.
The pleasant but generic decor didn't impress, but everything else about our brunch did!
(1) Rioja Mary -- Absolut Pepper Vodka, special house recipe ($7).
(2) Berry Lemonade -- fresh-squeezed lemonade, berry purée ($4).
(3) Mochakick -- espresso, Leopold Brothers French Press Coffee Liqueur, steamed milk, chocolate ($10).
Complimentary goat cheese biscuits and mini olive baguette.
All of this bread was awesome. Fantastic way to start!
Eric's housemade doughnuts, lemon curd mascarpone, blueberry compote ($6).
Apple basil soup, cheddar crostini, pickled Fuji apple, micro opal basil ($7).
Rioja benedict -- goat cheese biscuit, bacon, spinach, tomato, poached eggs, Parmesan sauce ($10.50).
Our friend let me have a bite, and it was wonderful. So rich and so incredible on top of the goat cheese biscuits!
Duck confit hash -- slow-cooked duck sauteed with Yukon Gold potatoes, pickled red onion, herb crème fraîche, two eggs ($14.50).
Shredded duck in the morning! A savory mountain of joy! Few things in life are better than this!
Lobster crepes -- Maine lobster, roasted pumpkin and Shiitake mushrooms, vanilla brown butter walnut cream, spinach-treviso salad ($16.50).
The three of us enjoyed every sip and every bite of this Denver brunch. Cheers!