Three of us tried Matthew's for the first time last night. I can't say it was disappointing because I had no expectations. I can say it was hit and miss and given the options for good food in Vail, Beaver Creek, Avon and Edwards, it will at least be awhile till we return, if we do.
It's a nice room with a fireplace in one corner and an adjacent bar that, at least while we were there, did not get loud. As a matter of fact, there were only two people at the bar when we arrived and no one there when we left. The tables are a little too close together and when you have a loudmouth at the next table, as we did, a little more space would have been appreciated. Probably half the tables were taken. Table settings were nice, with large stainless steel chargers, nice glassware and flatware and very nice plates. Service was prompt, very knowledgeable and really very good.
The food was all over the place. To start, we had a Caesar salad, Lobster Bisque and a Chile Relleno. Entrees were Coconut Shrimp Pad Thai, Iron Skillet Blackened Red Snapper and an off the menu special of Buffalo Osso Buco.
The Caesar was typical -- OK -- nothing special. Lobster bisque was delicious and thick with small chunks of lobster. The Chile Relleno was spectacular -- described as Shrimp and California Brie Poblano Chili (sic) Relleno with Chopped Mango and White Cheese Sauce. Everything about it worked and the moderate spiciness was just right. A real winner.
The best entree was the Buffalo Osso Buco. The shank was tender and tasty and served on a delicious creamy polenta surrounded by brocolli, sauteed red onion, snow peas, carrots and mushrooms. Everything about it was excellent. The pad thai is on the menu as Gigantic Coconut Shrimp Pad Thai with Dipping Sauces, Rice Noodles & Vegetables Stir Fried & Tossed with Peanut Sauce. It is one of the dishes the restaurant touts as a signature dish. The shrimps were gigantic and very good, but overall it was overly sweet and just average. The blackened red snapper was the worst dish of the night. Somehow the kitchen managed to make fish tough. It was not bad tasting, but was so tough you actually had to saw it with the knife to cut it. It came with a remoulade sauce, mango salsa, jasmine rice and sauteed spinach. The spinach was delicious. Otherwise, a bust.
So, our experience at Matthew's was just so-so. Nothing to write home about except the relleno. We did much better this afternoon with lunch at Restaurant Avondale at the Westin. More about it later.