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Jennifer Jasinski and Beth Gruitch (Rioja, Bistro Vendome, Stoic & Genuine, and Euclid Hall) do it again with number 5!!! Ultreia is warm, welcoming, and extraordinary.

UltreiaDenver’s Union Station is wildly popular with its ambience and great selection of restaurants in this historic building, bringing raves nationwide. Ultreia, the latest addition brings a unique concept that wows the crowd. Enter the stunning space and find a splendid long bar that boasts the only gin bar in the city. The selection of gin and cocktails amazes, along with a terrific wine list. The theme is a combination of the flavors of Spain and Portugal serving tapas that combine perfectly with the liquors. Ultreia lists itself as a Spanish Ham and Gin Bar, and does an impressive job carrying out the description.  The very high ceiling reaches above the open second floor where guests can look down to the small dining area on the street level. Huge pictures enlarged to create wallpaper are a perfect background with a stunning chandelier dropping from high to the lower space where banquettes, tables, and an open kitchen finish the scene where 50 lucky guests can dine. The menu uses the traditional names of the dishes with a translation under each. “Bare Hands” brings croquettes of ham or pan with tomato, with grilled bread accompanied by a bowl of pureed tomato that becomes a savory spread to add to the flavors of the olive oil.  The jamon trio of three different hams is a perfect tasting to find a favorite. “Tools required” offers wonderful salads with cheeses of the area, traditional patatas bravas, and Moroccan spiced pork ribs, although listed under “Bare” a fork is needed to sop up the last of the olive oil and Basque chiles. There are so many options in these categories that one indulge the whole night. But don’t! “Mas Grande” or large plates bring skirt steak, leg of lamb, trout, prawns, and more but go for the tender octopus in a stew with pork rib, chorizo, beans, sofrito, and again that grilled bread. Slightly spicy and so flavorful that often another slice of pan is needed so not one drop is left in the plate. There are decadent desserts as well. The bill is sweetened by a white chocolate covered olive that leaves one wanting to start again just to get to this treat. Service is excellent and very helpful. The prices on the menu end in strange cents as $4.08 or $19.38. The explanation is available. There is an extra 2 percent on every item for the kitchen staff. This is a different way to bring equal pay without going to the no tipping concept tried in some places. It is worth it. Jennifer Jasinski and Beth Gruitch (Rioja, Bistro Vendome, Stoic & Genuine, and Euclid Hall) do it again with number 5!!! Ultreia is warm, welcoming, and extraordinary.

1700 Wynkoop  Suite 125
Denver
303-534-1970
http://www.ultreiadenver.com

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