Food & Drink

Sushi and exotic meats under Larimer Sq

Published On 03/06/2013 Published On 03/06/2013

When street philosopher Ol' Dirty Bastard once said, “Ooh baby I like it raw”, he may well have been portending TAG Raw Bar Wu-ing you into their Larimer Sq lair with the delectable sushi & exotic meats on their updated menu. For example: this delicious, non-gamey, non-pecky ostrich tataki is topped with house ricotta/ togarashi croutons. Imagine how useful it'd be to have four pairs of arms while eating seafood that once had that luxury. Specifically: this octopus/ cucumber sunomono small plate. Don't worry, the "Burnt Caterpillar" roll is one in name only -- it's actually just seared with a torch! Oh right, and it's crab meat, not bugs. The substantial oceanic selection also includes this crispy rice/ radish Guard Kampachi, aka what you'll have to do when people try to eat off your plate. Tender, soy-braised beef short rib sits under a colorful raw carrot salad. Say hello to chocolate-dipped foie gras, which's sprinkled with five-spice pistachio crumble and served aside a huckleberry gastrique. So about 30sec after it arrives on the table, say goodbye to chocolate-dipped foie gras. And of course there are refreshed cocktails like the sake/ Domaine de Canton/ lemongrass syrup/ coconut milk Ninja Juice, for when they take a break from feeding you, and feeding you, and feeding you...

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1. TAG Restaurant 1441 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80202 (Lodo)

The sign on the storefront reads TAG: Continental Social Food. From Chef/Restaurateur Troy Guard, TAG is a hip, eclectic restaurant in Larimer Square. Small plates -- listed on the menu as “Social Beginnings” -- are comprised of bold flavors from local, fresh ingredients, resounding in Guard’s innovative vision of today’s New American cuisine, like fried oyster bao buns with bacon, squash, and Asian pear slaw, or kobe been sliders with gorgonzola aioli and duck fat fries. The raw bar features hamachi, crudo, and intricate sushi rolls, and the larger, composed plates are categorized by protein (or vegetable). The Larimer Square eatery is Colorado-inspired, globally-influenced, and always crowded.

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