St. Julien Hotel’s restaurant rewinds to fine, classic French fare
The last time I dined at Jill’s Restaurant in the St. Julien Hotel, the menu had a strong Mediterranean-Italian accent. Now, with Philippe Antoine, a native of France’s Languedoc and the third generation of his family in the restaurant business (and the first in the US), as general manager and Laurent Mechin from the French Jura as executive chef and culinary director, Jill’s has changed its provenance. Except for breakfast and the ever-popular Tuscan Table at lunch, Jill’s remains a fine-dining restaurant in an excellent hotel, but its focus is now on dishes that are more classic and more French — dishes that veteran foodies might not realize they’ve miss until they have them again.
The warm and elegant ambiance of the restaurant remains — and for a couple of hours, we food bloggers had it all to ourselves. Since my last visit, Jill’s Frenchmen shifted culinary gears and introduced a Gallic version of comfort food. Rather than such American comfort food as meatloaf, mashed potatoes and mac-and-cheese (which growing up with my Austrian grandmother’s and mother’s cooking. I never much cared for anyway), Jill’s does French comfort food that back in day was considered haute cuisine in the US. Jill’s invited local food bloggers to sample some dishes from the current menu.
Boulder Food Media Event at Jill’s Restaurant
Tuesday, December 4 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
Passed hors d’oeuvres and welcome toast
Leopold Blackberry Kir Royal
Jill’s Bistro Tots
truffle caviar and aioli, reggiano cheese, chervil
Farm table display and sampling & action demonstration stations
Rocky Mountain Cured Charcuterie and Colorado Cheese Board
cornichons, mustard, nuts, grapes, grilled bread
Baby Kale Salad
pine nuts, pears, parsnip chips, pickled onions, Tuscan olive oil
E&J Farm Trout Amandine
roasted fall vegetables
sage brown butter, toasted pepitas, cipollini onions, reggiano, crumbled amaretto
bananas sautéed tableside with brown sugar, rum, crème de banane, cinnamon, vanilla ice cream
Here are just a few images from the blogger event:
Price check: At dinner, starters and small plates, $7.95-$15.95; entrées, $14.95-$29-95; side dishes, $4.95; $3.95-$11.95.