TAG|RAW BAR makes us melt with foie gras

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Kangaroo tartare with foie gras foam
TAG|RAW BAR, the newest Larimer Square spot from Troy Guard and Leigh Sullivan, is serving up a roster of dishes that contains nothing cooked at a higher temperature than 120 degrees. And after the TAG|RAW BAR food porn we posted last week, we had high expectations.

We returned to the bar over the weekend -- and we're now drooling over a couple of notable foie gras dishes.

Chef Sam Freund, who's dreaming up much of what's going on the TAG|RAW BAR menu, credits his time in New York kitchens for giving him the chops to handle fattened duck liver.

We're grateful for wherever Freund learned his technique, because he served us one of the best foie gras torchons we've ever had. The chef deveins his liver, eliminating the tough bits and parts that can give foie an iron-y flavor, and then cures it for twelve hours with salt, pepper, sugar and Chinese Five-Spice. Then he softens it up over an oven's pilot light (but never more than 120 degrees), submerges it in brandy and forms it into a cylinder.

Thinly sliced, the ethereally smooth disks, which melt across the tongue, come plated with puffed rice crackers, preserved lemon and kumquat marmalade and a couple of dots of sweet eel sauce.

That dish was stellar, but we were also enamored of a plate that made use of the foie gras fat run-off, turning it into a cinnamon-kissed foam: the kangaroo tartare. After TAG successfully impressed us with the Australian marsupial on its Denver Restaurant Week menu, TAG|RAW has been toying with whether to permanently add the meat to the list. And Freund's been serving it as a special to get feedback.

The kitchen chops the meat finely and blends it with a housemade lemon-thyme oil, shallots and chives. It gets plated with crispy sunchoke chips for texture, the complementary foie foam and a tiny raw quail egg yolk.

Our answer as to whether it should become a mainstay? Emphatically yes. The tartare is available today, too, if you want to head down to the eatery and give Freund your own opinion.

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1430 Larimer St., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

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Heather H

i love foie gras more than anyone i know, and was looking forward to it at TAG/RAW Bar cause nobody really does it here in denver, and anything chef troy guard touches is magic. this day was an exception...gray/oxidized on the outside, ate one bite. very surprised since it was their first day, so i thought it would be fresh. everything else on the menu was delightful!


Please view the following links.  Foi gras is a gruesome and entirely cruel food from the enlarged livers of ducks force fed several times a day, forced to live in their own vomit and cramped filthy conditions.  These sentient beings were never ever created to suffer like this.  For what?  Someone's palate?  Please, stop the madness.  We are not barbarians.



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