Presentation matters at Squeaky Bean

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Mark Manger
"Eggplant & plum" at Squeaky Bean.
Children aren't known for discerning palates, but even little tykes know that presentation matters. A kid might hardly touch a snack of celery, cream cheese and raisins, only to happily munch those same ingredients if the raisins become ants marching on a slippery green log. Like crafty parents, chefs understand that we first eat with our eyes, which is why they spend so much time bubbling wine into foam, curling cucumbers into ribbons, and stacking grit fries into Lincoln Log-style structures.

After all my meals at the new Squeaky Bean, I wouldn't be surprised if executive chef Max MacKissock loved ants on a log as a kid.

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MacKissock has been with Squeaky Bean from the start, but when the restaurant left its Highland home in summer 2011 in favor of this new, much larger spot in LoDo that opened in June,he finally got a real kitchen.

Under his direction, that kitchen is turning out plate after plate of whimsical food that tastes as good as it looks -- or should I say, looks as good as it tastes.

With so many artful dishes, I grew curious about which one is the hardest to plate. Turns out, it's an appetizer called "eggplant & plum," with greens and herbs perched on a roasted Japanese eggplant. Aside from the challenge of getting the greens to stay on the eggplant, the dish "needs to be layered in the proper manner," MacKissock says. Otherwise, "you could be eating a handful of herbs or bok choy."

Find out what I thought of the rest of Squeaky Bean's food - both in terms of taste and presentation - when the review is posted here tomorrow.



Location Info

Squeaky Bean

1500 Wynkoop St., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant


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3 comments
ScubaSteve
ScubaSteve topcommenter

It would be nice to read a review of a restaurant that hasn't been revewed yet

Denver Dave
Denver Dave topcommenter

 @steveville I'm fine with reading a review of a restaurant that has been reviewed before especially since I wasn't a huge Laura Shunk fan.  Maybe Gretchen has a different point of view and can offer a fresh perspective.  I particularly appreciate this in high end dining spots like the Squeaky Bean.  A lot of initial reviews have not been all the flattering and before I go laying out $100+ a head I'll take all the input I can get.

LoriMidsonCafeSociety
LoriMidsonCafeSociety moderator editor

 @steveville Perhaps you missed Gretchen's last two reviews --  La Guarida Cubana and Sassafras -- neither of which have been professionally reviewed. And feel free to offer up suggestions of your own...

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