A sneak peek at what might make the menu at Ace
Construction is under way at Ace, the eatery and ping-pong hall that Josh and Jen Wolkon, Matt Selby, Brandon and Emily Biederman and Jeff Bustos are building next to Steuben's, which the Wolkons and Selby also own (along with Vesta Dipping Grill). And though the partners are still a few months from unveiling what they've done with that old Storz Garage, the whole crew has been hard at work on the menu for months.
For much of that time, Josh, Selby and Brandon have been traveling across the country doing research: The team settled on Asian fare as a culinary focus, and so they've been hitting dim sum joints, Korean fried chicken havens, Thai restaurants, wing stands, bao houses and more all over New York City and Portland. They're also gearing up for trips to Chicago and Thailand, with a stopover in San Francisco, where they'll eat, drink and garner ideas for additions and tweaks to the menu.
And while they're back in Denver, Selby and Brandon have been playing with some of the items they'll eventually serve. Today, they treated a small group to a sampling of what they're working on.
So far, the chefs have drawn influence from many different parts of Asia -- just today, they tried out kimchee (a Korean staple), a Thai soup and crispy beef a la China. They're not going for authenticity so much as deliciousness, though they're certainly trying to preserve the flavors and essence of the cuisines they're showcasing.
They emphasize, too, that things could change a lot before Ace actually opens its doors. But to get a taste of what they're cooking up, here's a sneak peek at some of the menu items they're playing with right now: