New LoDo Restaurant Brings European Decadence to Denver with LeRoux

Chef Lon Symensma has made quite a name for himself in Denver as a master of modern Asian cuisine with restaurants like Cholon and Cho77. As such, people might be surprised to hear that the focus of his next restaurant, LeRoux is entirely European. But European gastronomy is by no means outside his wheelhouse, for the first 11 years of chef Symensma’s career (he has been at it since he was 14), he cooked entirely European, working in restaurants across France and Spain.

New LoDo Restaurant Brings European Decadence to Denver with LeRoux

LeRoux Captures the Essence of Chef Lon Symensma's Culinary Journey

“Even if you’re not familiar with the term “mille-feuille,” you’ve probably eaten the French pastry. The phrase means “thousand-leaf,” which accurately describes the paper-thin layers of puff pastry that go into Napoleons and other labor-intensive desserts. Now imagine standing over a prep counter all day cutting mushrooms into equally fine slices, stacking them in a terrine and baking the terrine until the mushrooms form an almost solid loaf that’s sliced and served as an appetizer. Each layer comes apart to provide an intensely flavored bite of nothing but king trumpet mushroom, butter and salt.
That’s the kind of effort that goes into nearly every dish at LeRoux, chef Lon Symensma’s new French/European restaurant that opens tomorrow, December 28, next door to ChoLon, the chef’s eight-year-old, Asian-inspired eatery on the 16th Street Mall.”

LeRoux Captures the Essence of Chef Lon Symensma’s Culinary Journey

Denver’s 17 Most Iconic Dishes

“The first of Chef Lon Symensma’s fleet of local restaurants is now famous for its delicate steamed dumplings — a Chinese tradition, in this instance encasing cheesy French onion soup with a sherry-infused broth.”

Denver’s 17 Most Iconic Dishes

 

In the Kitchen with Lon Symensma

“Lon Symensma is a busy man these days. This past month alone, Symensma played musical restaurants, shuffling the three-year-old Cho77 out of its Broadway digs and replacing it with south-of-the-border restaurant, BorraCho Tacos. But worry not Cho77 fans—the street Asian food concept will soon reside next to its sister restaurant, ChoLon Modern Asian Bistro, later this winter. Speaking of ChoLon, the LoDo restaurant marked eight years in business this past October, celebrating with an all-out bash replete with endless bites and libations.”

In the Kitchen with Lon Symensma

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“The moment you step foot into ChoLon’s dining room, you grow a little taller, get a little better-looking, and suddenly have a little more money. At least that’s what it feels like, as the high ceilings, giant windows, massive concrete pillars, marble floors, and sleek banquettes come together to create an aura of sophistication and privilege. It’s a nice feeling while it lasts. Better still is chef-owner Lon Symensma’s exuberant menu, inspired by the market goods and street foods of Southeast Asia. There’s a yin-and-yang energy to Symensma’s food, a wonderful tension between the earthy and the ethereal that you can taste for yourself when you order (and you will) what may be his two greatest hits, both umami bombs: the French onion soup dumplings and an elevated take on Singaporean kaya toast that comes with a frothy “egg cloud” for dipping.”

Conde Nast – 22 Best Restaurants in Denver

Where to Eat While Black Friday Shopping

CHOLON Lon Symensma’s sophisticated southeast Asian bistro stands out amid the fast-casual and street-food kiosks in this area with an ever-evolving menu anchored by a few icons, including the French onion soup dumplings, that’ll warm your soul no matter the weather outside.”

Where to Eat While Black Friday Shopping

Grilled Chicken Wings from Cho77 (Video Segment)

Thrillist has come out with a list of the 21 best chicken wings in America, and Denver’s Cho77 made the cut. Chef Lon joins the Fox31 team for a wing-making demo!

Grilled Chicken Wings from Cho77 (Video Segment)

The 21 Best Chicken Wings in America

There is no “best” type of chicken wing. Great wings win hearts and stomachs with well-balanced flavors and quality meat regardless of whether they’re naked, dredged, sauced, or smoked. So instead of tracking down the best wings from Buffalo or Chinese restaurants or former Beatles, we tracked down the best chicken wings of any kind. Competition was fierce, but, in the end, these 21 distinguished themselves.

The 21 Best Chicken Wings in America

5280 Magazine - The 25 Best Restaurants in Denver 2018

“French onion soup dumplings. Pork ribs, sticky with lemongrass glaze, paired with a crunchy green papaya salad. Rack of Colorado lamb with charred eggplant purée and spiced chickpeas. Mussels swimming in a spicy green curry, with fried garlic bao alongside to mop up every drop. These perfectly rendered dishes, among so many others on ChoLon’s Pan-Asian menu, highlight chef-owner Lon Symensma’s talent for taking sweet, salty, bitter, sour, and umami flavors into fine-dining territory. The eight-year-old restaurant updated its decor and improved its acoustics this summer, but with young gun chef de cuisine Becca Henry at the wok, ChoLon’s food is the same as it’s always been: brilliant.”

5280 Magazine – The 25 Best Restaurants in Denver 2018

Westword

The coldness is shocking, airy and gently sweet, like a kiss stolen when no one’s looking. One minute you’re spooning into a cup of celery root soup, and the next your brain is playing catch-up, trying to match what you thought was happening (soup) with the sensations shimmying in your brain (magic).

Read the full article in Westword.