The Boy and I took a whirlwind trip to Vail a couple of weeks ago (my first time in Colorado, though it won’t be my last this year) since his new job (woooo!) sent him there on a conference and said I could tag along. Both of us were working, but we still managed to squeeze in a couple of hours of skiing and a few delicious meals, including this one at Sweet Basil in Vail Village.
As always, the Boozy Newsie will have the lowdown on the drinks, but safe to say they were delicious (and the Beso del Diablo on the left was surprisingly spicy). The restaurant itself is quite nice – nothing hugely different, but modern and pretty, with a big window in the back that looks out on mountains and creek, as one would want to do in Vail.
First up – the complimentary Bread (I mean, who doesn’t love the complimentary bread?), served with a very creamy unsalted butter and some pink salt in a darling (and locally made) container – simple and delicious.
We shared everything, though the menu was set up in a fairly traditional appetizer-entree type situation. The Stone Bass Crudo ($15.00) was served with Mezcal Aguachile, Fresno, Cucumber, and Avocado. Fresh and lush – an excellent start.
We also ordered the special appetizer, Chicken-Fried Morels, which were stuffed with Chicken Sausage and served over an Onion and Sour Cream Puree (essentially, onion dip). This was fine dining meets comfort food at its finest – savory and addicting.
Loch Duart Salmon ($34.00) with Smoked Potato, Spinach Purée, Petite Celery, Black Garlic, and Pickled Mustard was cooked to perfection, and I particularly enjoyed the pools of black garlic and smoked potatoes served alongside.
And finally, there was Watercress Risotto ($29.00), with Preserved Morels, Crispy Black Trumpets, Aged Goat Cheese, and Tarragon. Beautifully bright, it managed to avoid being too heavy while still being extremely satisfying, and was an unusual twist on the more traditional flavors of risotto.
Sweet Basil was truly and incredible meal in an incredible place – here’s hoping we get to go back one day.
193 East Gore Creek Dr., Suite 201
Vail, Colorado 81657