couldn't be happier to see this happen!.
michael ruiz, of bistro verdu/ingredients acclaim, has returned to montrose.
his style of cooking is always what i want to eat when i don't want to cook for myself, so i have really missed both verdu and ingredients these past couple years!
he's sharing the gourmet a go go space (gail connel will still be catering there, under that name), but the menu is unadulterated ruiz--charcuterie, great cheese and small plates, as well as a bunch of satisfying braised dishes that are perfect for this cold snap we're finally having.
the duck confit salad with arugula and marconas is something i have missed tremendously, and i was so happy to see its return. my husband and i shared that and an order of yam ravioli. i''m not a big truffle fan, but these were delicious, and while the scent of truffle was definitely in the air, the taste was subtle enough to win me over. we shared the pork shoulder with amazing polenta and bacon (because ruiz and i agree that there's no such thing as too much pork!) and green chiles. that was just heaven, that plate. a side of roasted brussels sprouts --with more bacon!--were just earthy nuggets of goodness.
can't wait to eat (and drink--thoughtful wine offerings by rosso wine shop, just down the road), and $10 corkage. hell, yeah, we'll be back...probably later this week!