An English estate, taken over by hipsters.
What a description.
Dorchester Social Eatery in downtown Denver at 1448 Market Street features shared plates of global cuisine, and they opened in August of 2014 focusing on the social side of dining (which I love) with the influence of the British Empire.
Upholstered with vibrant red leather booths and dark wood tables, the walls are a robin’s egg blue adorned with gold wall framing, and Italian wallpaper featuring black and white historical figurines and ancient Roman artifacts. Gorgeous red chandeliers hang from the ceiling’s main dining room as focal points of the downstairs.
The rooftop is 4,000-square-feet and when visiting on a Saturday afternoon to make my way around the menu, everyone bee-lined for that special rootftop that has cityscape and mountain views. There are cabanas and a separate bar up top, and interior designer Jeffrey Elliot has fun touches like AstroTurf grass lining the stairs and walls to the patio, like a “hedge” of an English estate.
Dishes are peppered with influences from Europe, North Africa, Middle East, Asia, and North America. From Belgian Frites, to the Moorish Chicken Tagine, to their Lebanese Hummus, to the Campanelle con Saliscce pasta – there’s a little something for everyone and perfect to sit around a large table with friends and drinks, to share and enjoy.
My favorite dish was chicken and waffles with strawberry compote, and a kick of the minced jalapeno.
The other kicker? They’re one of the few spots in Denver that serve Long I Pie‘s special cast-iron pies like salved lavender honey custard pie or her lemon blueberry pie. Shauna and Long I Pie are notably a favorite of Grace(full) Plate. I like that they’re doing something different, and featuring someone local in a smart partnership capacity.
So head downtown, bring a group of friends, and try some of their shared plates as the sun goes down on their rooftop. I’m certain it will be a good time.
Special Event Worth Noting: On Wednesday, May 13, Dorchester will host local author Max Potter, with a 4-course Burgundy Wine Dinner inspired by his Shadows in the Vineyard – a mixed genre book on this region. Wine pairings will be selected by Advanced Sommelier Kendra Anderson. Tattered Cover will be on-site selling books, and the evening will begin with a meet the author / book signing at 6p. Dinner will follow at 7p, with special dishes that will enhance the wine drinking experience. $55. per person plus tax and gratuity.