Palettes and King Tut

July 7 2010, 4:47 PM
With the King Tut exhibit opening last week at the Denver Art Museum, it's the perfect time to visit Palettes, chef Kevin Taylor’s modern restaurant inside the museum's north building. Begin with the King Tut cocktail, a light, summery blend of açai berry vodka and lemonade with  fresh blueberries and a sprig of fresh mint. Then, work your way through the menu---$25 gets you a prix-fixe meal with three courses. After sampling several dishes, my favorites, in order of course, are Taylor's signature smoked sweet-corn soup, an intensely flavored thick, warm purée topped with a dab of guacamole and a barbecued shrimp. For the entrée, order the striped bass. Seared skin on, the delicate white fish is topped with a Mediterranean blend of briny capers, niçoise olives, wild mushrooms, slivered leeks, and a niçoise vinaigrette. For dessert, the surprisingly light fudge-chunk cheesecake with Oreo crust and milk-chocolate anglaise is the perfectly sweet meal ender---one the Pharaoh himself would have enjoyed. Tip: For the duration of the exhibit, Palettes, which is normally open only for lunch, is extending its hours. Call for the the most up-to-date information. 100 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy., 303-534-1455