Aspen: Montagna’s Hot Rocks

February 1st, 2008

IMG_1458, originally uploaded by ultraclay!.

This was probably the most interesting dish I had in Aspen. I had it in the front room bar at Montagna, the restaurants at The Little Nell Hotel, the menu included many small plates for the “Aprés Ski” period. (For the record, “Aprés Ski” is one of the most pretentious terms ever, but is pretty much accepted as a part of the Aspen daily schedule.)
The shrimp and chorizo skewers were served with a heated river stone on a bed of banana leaves, cinnamon sticks and star anise. The shrimp was par-cooked and could be placed on the rock as long as you want in order to achieve the perfect amount of char.

Also on the “Aprés Ski” menu, were a number of ceviche dishes like the scallops below:
In the back bar, I had the tomato-braised meatballs topped with a creamy polenta sauce. I was surprised by the strong tomato flavor, infused in the meatballs. It was a great dish, if totally overpriced at $15 for 4 meatballs.
675 E Durant Ave
Aspen, CO 81611
(970) 920-6330

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