The Top 100 List: #55 O’s “Tableside Sorbet”


O’s “Tableside Prepared Sorbet”

Location: Westminster

Rating: 7 (out of 10)

Price: $12

The Skinny: First off: this is certainly a must-eat in Denver.  However, this is not because of the flavor of the sorbet, which was pretty damn good, but for the ultra-cool presentation.  The dish is prepared tableside with a few components, the highlight of which is the ridiculously fun liquid nitrogen.  As the ingredients are added, they’re combined with a pour of the freezing liquid.  Like a sorcerer in a white shirt and tie, the preparer churns the goo and a white fog bubbles from the container and crawls out over the table. The flavor of the finished product is decent, like a smooth frozen daiquiri without the booze.  But as is repeated far too often, it’s the journey and not the destination that matters.  Once again, frozen dessert is there to show us the keys to life…

Denverites: remember the name Ian Klienman.  As creator of this dish and a highly respected rising chef in Denver, this is a name you will hear lots more about, I guarantee it.  The tableside sorbet is just the tip of the iceberg as far as his creativity goes.  He’s done Bloody Mary popcorn in liquid nitrogen, a 148° egg, and is fondly described by coworkers as the “mad food scientist.”  He recently left O’s and opened a new catering company called “the inventing room” – hopefully we’ll see a restaurant from him sometime soon.


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