Chef Troy Guard, owner of TAG  in Larimer Square, has gained a well-deserved reputation for artfully blending the assertive flavors of Eastern cuisine (i.e., spicy dragon sauce) with Western preparations (braised pork shoulder). Thanks to the opening of TAG Raw Bar , located in the Larimer Square Walkway , diners now have another place to sample Guard’s creations.
As the name suggests, nothing at the raw bar is cooked in an oven or over an open flame. As a result, the menu of small plates relies heavily on fresh, pure flavors. Among my favorites: the hiramasa tiradito—thin slices of yellowtail sashimi folded over red jalapeño and fragrant cilantro, then drizzled with tart Persian lime juice—and the mild kangaroo tartare served with frothy cinnamon foie-gras foam.
Sit on an orange stool at the counter (the tiny restaurant is configured like a diner), order the tasting menu, and let the chefs surprise you. But go now. This place is going to be slammed in no time.
Tip: Try the sparkling rose sake with your meal. The sweet acidity pairs well with the strong flavors.
1423 Larimer St., 303-996-2685