Oui, Oui it was a French Affair indeed! For the June installment of Yelp's Secret Supper Denver staple, Le Central, pulled out all the stops in a lavish, three course meal that can otherwise be described in one word, according to Denver Yelper, Brady K: "Rich. Everything from the champagne with a little strawberry, to the
charcuterie, endives, pork belly, and the mousse was absolutely layered
with complex flavor over complex flavor."
From the French Kiss cocktail to the crème brûlée, the decadent affair was drizzled in French style. To begin, guests were greeted with French concoction, the French Kiss: Sparkling Wine with a splash of St. Germain and a strawberry to top it off. After Yelpers mingled and blew air kisses across the room to their friends, it was time for appertizers. Guests had the option to begin their meal with either the Charcuterie: an array of Le Central's pâtés and cured meat, pretzel, mustards, and cornichons, the Le Salade: Heirloom tomatoes, fresh Mozzarella, basil chiffonade on Belgium edive, drizzled with sherry vinaigrette, and garlic toast, and the Tartine de Saumon Fumé on tosted country bread house cured and smoked salmon along with goat cheese, lardons, corn onion, and bitter micro green salad.
The entrees raised the bar even higher with three very different options: Ventre de Porc: Braised pork belly, natural reduction, plum sauce, sweet potatoes hash, garnished with spicy tobacco onions, and brussel sprouts, the Lotte et sa Ratatouille: pan roasted monkfish, ratatouille, saffron rice, and tapenade, and the Sandwich d'Aubergine: Eggplant slices stuffed with spicy olive oil cumin flavored cream cheese, breaded, baked with a spring vegetable and pesto risotto and a smoked tomato coulis. For Alica K the "juicy, fatty, and tender (She
cut through it like butter with her butter knife) pork
was the star of my meal and the envy of my friend." Plus, she's not even veggie friendly "but the brussel sprouts were delicious! I just might be
converted…So, well done Le Central!"
With one sophisticated plate after another, it was only natural the desserts followed in that order. It wouldn't be a traditional French meal without crème brûlée, but lucky for Yelp Denver they were offered two equally as delicious desserts: the Les Mousses: dark, white, and milk chocolate mousses with marion berry coulis biscotti and macarons and the Linzer Torte with vanilla bean ice cream. The Linzer torte finished out Jenn B's mean "nicely: "I absolutely loved the tart raspberries and the vanilla bean ice cream."
Whew! All this decadent food, Vicki P ponders, "How do you say I'm stuffed en Français?"
Thanks again to the most wonderful hosts and talented staff and chefs at Le Central. To read up on more foodie highlights from the Secret Supper check out the reviews and pics here. For more information and to reserve your spot for the next Secret Supper, please visit yelp.com/events.
Until next time, Denver, See You On Yelp!
Denver Senior Community Manager