When it comes to venturing out for dining, it’s typically Boulder or Denver locally.
With three years of living in Boulder under my belt, I admit, I still have many spots to visit beyond Boulder in Colorado, but I don’t think of Broomfield or another ‘burb as the food choice.
Now, I beg to differ.
Last week I had a chance to dine at the Omni Interlocken Hotel’s Meritage Restaurant in Broomfield and I was incredibly impressed.
When you enter the restaurant, Meritage has simmering, romantic, low lighting against a crackling stone fireplace and mahogany wood.
The restaurant’s interior is large as it sits near 90 people. I loved Meritage’s large selection of diverse wines, beautifully displayed in a glass case in the lobby. Scattered throughout the restaurant, they have long tables to accommodate their frequent business travelers and meetings, while they also have comfortable nooks for private dining like our cozy, circular booth.
The service is admirable. It is kind, accessible and not pretentious ranging from from Chef David to their down-to-earth and extremely knowledgeable, Sommelier, Dana Eastman.
A Foursquare check-in showed a previous diners tip stating: “This is the best kept dining secret in Boulder county.” I’ve come to an (albeit surprised) agreement.
We sampled and indulged in their custom, seasonal French menu: SIMMER Sauté Santé – THE FLAVORS OF FRANCE.
This special menu is part of Omni Hotels’ International Culinary Series where they exchange through a partnership with another country, sending their chefs to learn at vineyards, with food producers and restaurants, to bring back the flavors, wine and food of a respective country, back to their own restaurants and guests.
The menu is rich and provides a true homage to France, their choice country this year. You can watch this video to see their journey to France and what they brought back.
In photos, here is our succulent, culinary journey at the Meritage:
Foie gras with almond butter preserved fruit, fresh slice of walnut on a gougeres
Sauteed sea scallops, Provencal style
Trilogie de gougeres: cheese puffs filled with zucchini and mint, gruyere and comte, brie and sun dried tomato accompanied by sweet bell pepper coulis
Butternut squash bisque with herb pinwheel and organic maple syrup with cream
New york steak and french fries with black pepper and Cognac sauce
Local Red Bird Farm Colorado chicken filled with apricots, sun dried cherries and fallot gingerbread mustard coulis.
I can’t forget the plate of dessert of apple tart tartin, macaroons, valrhona chocolate and spoons filled with mocha and valrhona chocolate cream.
Love to indulge? They have packages in coordination with the special menu:
- The first is their Simmer, Sauté, Santé package which include a culinary immersion weekend including deluxe accommodations, wine and cheese welcoming amenity, an authentic cooking and wine pairing demonstration with an Omni chef, an all-inclusive French dinner and a thank you gift with aprons, French wine, recipes and a micro-planner.
- The second is their “French Toast” guest package. Offered on New year’s Eve, guests can enjoy an authentic French dinner with Champagne to celebrate, also including breakfast with a Champagne cocktail and a late check-out on request.
Both packages range from $299-700. You can learn more about the package here and this is available at respective Omni Hotels nationwide.
The Simmer, Sauté, Santé menu is available until the end of the year at all respective Omni Hotels across the country.
Omni Interlock Resort | 500 Interlocken Blvd, Broomfield, CO
Learn more about The Meritage here
Disclaimer: Thank you to Omni Interlocken Resort and Meritage Restaurant for hosting us and covering the bill. All opinions, as always, are my own. You know I would never steer you wrong.