This Chef Brought Her Dumpling Skills From China to New York to ChoLon

“‘Michelle is one of the best dim sum chefs in the country,’ notes Lon Symensma, chef/owner of ChoLon and a longtime colleague of Xiao. They met when Symensma was hired as executive chef to open Steven Starr’s Buddakan, his jaw-dropping Asian restaurant in New York City, and Xiao was second in command on a twelve-person dim sum brigade.”

This Chef Brought Her Dumpling Skills From China to New York to ChoLon

The 15 Hottest Restaurants in Denver, August 2019

“Chef Lon Symensma, known for the pan-Asian restaurant ChoLon, gets back to his French culinary training with this jewel box of a restaurant off downtown’s 16th Street. Dishes such as lobster meunière and lamb chops with potatoes Anna are served alongside old-world wines and wintery house cocktails. The bar is a highlight, and lunch is served weekdays.”

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5280 Top of the Town Best Dessert (Editor's Choice) - LeRoux

“Most everything about this seven-month-old, European-inspired restaurant in LoDo feels romantic, from the sparkling crystal chandeliers to the deep, dark booths to the exquisite desserts. Led by chef-owner Lon Symensma, there’s a beautiful sensibility to the sweets menu, which transforms classics such as baked Alaska and Paris-Brest into modern marvels by tweaking their elements until the dishes feel altogether new. The Paris-Brest in particular will linger in your thoughts for weeks thanks to its craveable union of a traditional crisp choux pastry ring, a delicate pistachio crème mousseline (a riff on the typical praline cream), and a wholly au courant salty caramel sauce. While you might be tempted to clink forks with your date over one of these luxurious confections, trust us: You’re going to want your own.”

5280 Top of the Town Best Dessert (Editor’s Choice) – LeRoux

Where our Food Editors Are Eating Right Now, June 2019

Formerly a full-service, dinner-only spot on South Broadway, Cho77’s downtown iteration operates under a fast-casual counter-service model during the day; sit down dining is on the menu at night.

Where our Food Editors Are Eating Right Now, June 2019

This Is the Must-Order Dish at LeRoux

“Chef Lon Symensma has a knack for creating iconic dishes (see: the addictive fusion dumplings filled with French onion soup at his eight-year-old modern Asian restaurant, ChoLon). And just four months after opening his polished, European-inspired bistro, LeRoux, next door to ChoLon on the 16th Street Mall, it looks like Symensma’s wagyu beef tartare is poised to be another signature. It’s impossible to miss the appetizer as it’s whisked to diners in the candle- and chandelier-lit space.”

This Is the Must-Order Dish at LeRoux

A Comprehensive List of the Women Leading the Front Range Culinary Scene

From running restaurant kitchens to brewing Coloradans’ favorite craft beers, women are leading in all facets of the Front Range’s exciting dining scene—and driving its success. In honor of International Women’s Day on March 8, we hope this list will make it easy for you to find and support female-owned and -operated establishments from Aurora to Boulder and beyond.

ChoLon Restaurant Concepts (ChoLon, Cho77, LeRoux): Dani Craig, general manager; Becca Henry, ChoLon chef de cuisine; Ashley Adams, ChoLon lead bartender

A Comprehensive List of the Women Leading the Front Range Culinary Scene

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“Chandeliers and candlelit table define LeRoux’s elegant space. Even the bar gets candles as evening arrives. Several seating areas provide intimacy for a romantic occasion or simply a dinner at which conversing is not made impossible by the cacophony experienced at so many restaurants today. It feels a bit old school in that regard, a return to what fine dining used to be, yet it’s also casual and contemporary. Dishes are prepared meticulously, a perfect melding of complex and delicate flavors in an exquisite presentation. The chicken liver mousse might be the best in Denver, and if you want a show-stopper, go for the Wagyu beef tartare presented with a flourish of smoke. The saffrony bouillabaisse piled with mussels, scallops and octopus surprises with a tweak of peppery heat, and for those who love ChoLon’s soup dumplings, LeRoux’s French Onion short ribs provide a delicious reunion.”

10 Must-Book Tables at Denver’s Top Restaurants

Best Seat in the House: The Coolest Restaurant and Bar Bathrooms in Denver

The shared bathrooms inside the newly opened LeRoux and Cho77 were anything but afterthoughts. Covered with blue, hand-cut Italian tile and floral wallpaper and accented with copper details, the two unisex restrooms, by local design firm Semple Brown, are sure to be popping up on Instagram feeds all over town.

Best Seat in the House: The Coolest Restaurant and Bar Bathrooms in Denver

What Will the Year of the Pig Bring for Denver's Chinese Restaurants?

At ChoLon, chef/owner Lon Symensma has been serving handmade French onion soup dumplings, a European embellishment on the Shanghai specialty, since the restaurant opened in 2010. And just last week, he added two other variations on xiao long bao at the newly reopened Cho77.

What Will the Year of the Pig Bring for Denver’s Chinese Restaurants?