Date reviewed: 3/5/16
Denver celebrated restaurant week from February 26 through March 6, 2016. With an out of town guest in town, it was a great time to try a new restaurant. It was a very complicated selection process. I selected the restaurant based on what had reservations available that evening. The Berkshire, by virtual of being high in the alphabetical order and having reservations available that same evening was the winner. The Berkshire is a restaurant based on the pig and all the delicious cuts that come from the magical animal.
Since it was restaurant week, they had a prix fixe menu for $30 – One appetizer, one main course, and one dessert. I obviously had to start with the Bacon Wrapped Bacon. Pork Belly wrapped with bacon, served with an apple puree and arugula. While it was good in concept there was something missing from the dish, and I can’t put my finger on exactly what was missing. Not to say it was bad, but it is probably impossible to live up to the name of Bacon Wrapped Bacon.
For my entrée, I had Jalapeno Pork Tenderloin. This was a better dish than the Bacon Wrapped Bacon. The tenderloin was recommended to be cooked to medium – that was the way I had it, and the way I would recommend it as well. The jalapeno was the perfect complement for the pork, adding spice without overpowering the tenderloin. The cilantro rice and black beans had more flavor in it than the Bacon Wrapped Bacon.
For dessert, I had Bacon Sticky Toffee Pudding. On the restaurant week menu, it was just labeled sticky toffee pudding (on the regular full menu it is labeled with bacon). We wondered if people were surprised when they got the dish and it had bacon in it. Salty and sweet is a classic combination – think salted caramel. I didn’t notice the bacon unless I got a bite of it, then it smacked me in the face. It was a little out of balance as a result of the no-bacon/heavy-bacon bites. Though it was definitely a better dish with the bacon.
The wine pairing recommended for the jalapeno pork was the Tempranillo from Dacu, Spain. It was a robust red, with a spice similar to a Shiraz or a Malbec, and it did pair well with the pork dish.
It’s hard to go wrong with a restaurant centered around bacon. The Berkshire didn’t disappoint. It is nearly impossible to live up to the name of Bacon Wrapped Bacon, but it was still tasty and wasn’t even the best dish I had. If you like pork of any kind, you’ll love The Berkshire
WWYT Rating: 7.95