What People Are Saying

A good place to eat hardly goes unnoticed. Here is just some of the press we have received about our food, atmosphere and service. We are always happy to share our press coverage with all of our fans.

Short Stop: Restaurant Hopping at YumCha, LeRoux and ChoLon

Denver’s dining scene is making a big comeback — and we’re hungering to go out. With so many new ventures and old favorites to visit after more than a year of restaurant shutdowns and restrictions, the choices can be overwhelming. So we’re serving up Short Stop, with recommendations for things that should definitely be on your culinary short list. This week, hit up three spots in one night: YumCha, LeRoux and ChoLon.

After years of working in New York City restaurants and traveling in Asia, restaurateur Lon Symensma moved to Denver and debuted ChoLon Modern Asian at 1555 Blake Street in 2010. It’s been considered one of Denver’s top restaurants ever since — don’t miss the French onion soup dumplings — while the chef’s ChoLon Restaurants Concept Group has continued to evolve.”

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“Slide into a cosy eatery with your lover at LeRoux on 16th Street Mall. Fantastic service, blues of every hue and a delectable European menu make it ideal for date night. Take your pick from classic foie gras or veal bolognese. Whatever you do, don’t forget to toast to the two of you with one of their world-class wines.”

Best Restaurants 2019: LeRoux

“With exquisite European bistro fare on the table and twinkling crystal chandeliers hanging above, gorgeously appointed, 10-month-old LeRoux is one of the most romantic restaurants in town. Reserve the curved back booth for the privacy it affords and a great view of the marble-topped bar and front dining area.”

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Chef Lon Symensma, known for the pan-Asian restaurant ChoLon, gets back to his French culinary training with this jewel box of a restaurant off downtown’s 16th Street. Dishes such as lobster meunière and lamb chops with potatoes Anna are served alongside old-world wines and wintery house cocktails. The bar is a highlight, and lunch is served weekdays.

Photo by Lucy Beaugard

5280 Top of the Town Best Dessert (Editor’s Choice) – LeRoux

Most everything about this seven-month-old, European-inspired restaurant in LoDo feels romantic, from the sparkling crystal chandeliers to the deep, dark booths to the exquisite desserts. Led by chef-owner Lon Symensma, there’s a beautiful sensibility to the sweets menu, which transforms classics such as baked Alaska and Paris-Brest into modern marvels by tweaking their elements until the dishes feel altogether new. The Paris-Brest in particular will linger in your thoughts for weeks thanks to its craveable union of a traditional crisp choux pastry ring, a delicate pistachio crème mousseline (a riff on the typical praline cream), and a wholly au courant salty caramel sauce. While you might be tempted to clink forks with your date over one of these luxurious confections, trust us: You’re going to want your own.

This Is the Must-Order Dish at LeRoux

Chef Lon Symensma has a knack for creating iconic dishes (see: the addictive fusion dumplings filled with French onion soup at his eight-year-old modern Asian restaurant, ChoLon). And just four months after opening his polished, European-inspired bistro, LeRoux, next door to ChoLon on the 16th Street Mall, it looks like Symensma’s wagyu beef tartare is poised to be another signature.

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Dishes are prepared meticulously, a perfect melding of complex and delicate flavors in an exquisite presentation. The chicken liver mousse might be the best in Denver, and if you want a show-stopper, go for the Wagyu beef tartare presented with a flourish of smoke. The saffrony bouillabaisse piled with mussels, scallops and octopus surprises with a tweak of peppery heat, and for those who love ChoLon’s soup dumplings, LeRoux’s French Onion short ribs provide a delicious reunion.

LeRoux Captures the Essence of Chef Lon Symensma’s Culinary Journey

The menu, planned with and executed by Symensma’s longtime right-hand man, Jeff Stoneking (who also helped open ChoLon, Cho77 and Concourse), is the realization of Symensma’s early years spent in France, Spain and Italy, where he worked in many Michelin-starred gastronomic destinations (his résumé includes a stint in the kitchen of chef Paul Bocuse) and competed for the U.S. team in the Culinary Olympics.