ChoLon Modern Asian Bistro – Denver

ChoLon Modern Asian Bistro in Downtown Denver is an eclectic mix of Asian dishes, intermingled with other cuisines from around the world.

Colorado Wagyu Beef
Colorado Wagyu Beef

The Colorado Wagyu Beef ($34) was cooked to a perfect medium rare. The morels added some earthiness, while the asparagus brought a slight bitterness to the party. The green curry bernaise sounds good in theory, but it didn’t provide much heat.

Soup Dumplings
Soup Dumplings

The Soup Dumplings ($11) were a mash-up on the traditional Xiao Long Bao and French Onion Soup. The result was a masterful mix of cheesy onion goodness with the playful of soup dumplings.

Pork Belly Buns
Pork Belly Buns

The Pork Belly Buns ($15) is a play on the traditional Peking duck. The pork belly was well cooked, with a nice char and most of the fat rendered. The sauce was way too sweet for my liking, and the buns a little too “bready”.

Brussels Sprouts
Brussels Sprouts

The Brussels Sprouts ($12) take this dish in a Thai direction. The addition of ground pork and kaffir lime, just really didn’t come together.

Kaya Toast
Kaya Toast

The Kaya Toast ($9) is kind of akin to Asian French toast. The coconut jam is typically sandwiched between the bread, but this interpretation had bruleed type bread with a do it yourself coconut jam spread. A fairly good rendition of the dish.

Pandan Upside Down Cake
Pandan Upside Down Cake

The Pandan Upside-Down Cake ($9) is a take on the classic Pineapple Upside Down Cake with the infusion of the Asian ingredient of pandan, which some compare to Asian “vanilla”. For me, pandan doesn’t really have a flavor that I can discern. The smoked coconut sherbert helped to offset the sweetness of the cake. Opinions on this dish were lukewarm at best.

Spiced Doughnuts
Spiced Doughnuts

The Spiced Doughnuts ($9) are a take on café su da, or Vietnamese iced coffee, which is super strong French roast coffee mix with sweetened condensed milk over ice. The doughnuts were well cooked, the ice cream strong with the condensed milk sweet enough to induce a diabetic reaction. This was the winning dessert dish.

I was mostly impressed with ChoLon, but I do think their menu is a little too big and ambitious as some of the combinations just don’t seem to pair well together.

Hyatt Place Denver Airport

The Hyatt Place Denver Airport is only several miles from the airport.

We arrived late at the airport, around 2:00 AM. Check-in was quick, which I appreciated at that time.

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Lobby
Lobby
Lobby
Snacks
Snacks

The lobby is spacious, and is similar in design to most Hyatt Places that I have been to.

Welcome Amenity
Welcome Amenity

When I got to the room, there was a welcome amenity of a bottle of water, and a chocolate chip cookie. The bottle of water was a welcome sight, and wished that Hyatt would provide complimentary water to all guests, like other chain hotels do.

Sadly, I erased the rest of the pictures I took of the hotel. However, if you have been a Hyatt Place before the design is very similar in layout. Like most Hyatt Places there is an in room air conditioner, which is louder and doesn’t quite cool the room entirely. The area directly in front of the air conditioner is freezing which is great on a hot day, but can be painfully cold in the middle of the night.

The king bed was comfortable with a nightstand on each side of the bed.

The bathroom area contains a single sink with plenty of counter space.

The bathroom has a walk-in shower with a half-door which tends to splash water all over the floor.

The room contains an L-shaped sofa with a pull out bed.

The desk is on the smaller side, however there are multiple outlets which is a great feature.

There is also a mini-fridge which can be useful during longer stays.

We left early the next morning, and did not have time to partake in breakfast.

I would gladly stay here again if I had a late arriving or early morning flight.

Linger Restaurant – Denver

Linger Restaurant
Linger Restaurant
Linger Restaurant
Linger Restaurant

Linger restaurant is just up the hill from the iconic Little Man Ice Cream. The restaurant is a converted mortuary and is embraced by the restaurant by calling itself “Denver’s Finest Eatuary”.

The food focuses on modern American cuisine.

Crab Cake Benedict
Crab Cake Benedict

The Crab Cake Benedict ($16.50) contains two large crab cakes loaded with crab and not much filler onto English muffins. Hidden underneath the poached eggs and Old Bay hollandaise sauce are chunks of avocado which compliment the crab. It is served with a fennel slaw to slice through the richness of the benedict, and home fries giving the dish a “fish and chips” feel to the dish, in a very tangential way.

Adobo Pork Benedict
Adobo Pork Benedict

The Adobo Pork Benedict ($13.50) has a distinct Latin twist. Mounds of braised pork and poached eggs slathered with hollandaise sauce are loaded into plantain sopes with lentils. A side of slaw helps to cut through the richness and fattiness of the pork and hollandaise sauce. The black beans add an earthiness to the dish.

Roasted Beet Salad
Roasted Beet Salad

The Roasted Beet Salad ($10) has an Indian type twist to it. Paired with chickpeas, red onions, cashews, peanuts, lentil “noodles”, puffed rice, tomatoes, quinoa and raita. There were too many things going on in this salad, which just didn’t come together for me. The star should have been the beets, but got lost among the stronger flavors of the other ingredients.

Fried Chicken Bun
Fried Chicken Bun

The Fried Chicken Bun ($5.50) is a take on Korean fried chicken being paired with kimchi. The togarashi ranch took the sandwich in a totally different direction however. The honey sambal wasn’t necessary as the dish already contained spice with the kimchi and togarashi. The bun itself was a little doughy. The magic of Korean fried chicken is the amount of crunch since its fried twice. With all of the “wet” ingredients this was lost.

BBQ Ribs
BBQ Ribs

The BBQ Pork Ribs were tender but drenched in sauce, which was slightly on the sweeter side. The fries were kind of limp, but well seasoned. The acidity in the coleslaw helped to cut through the fattiness of the ribs.

Wagyu Sliders
Wagyu Sliders

The Wagyu Sliders ($15.50) were two fairly large burgers cooked medium. They were topped with aged cheddar cheese and peppered bacon. Once again, the fries were kind of limp. As Samuel Jackson says in Pulp Fiction, “Now that’s a tasty burger”.

Linger seems to be one of Denver’s more popular restaurants. The lines were long and the place was packed, even on a rainy day.

The menu is quite eclectic with a slant towards Asian dishes. I think the menu is a little ambitious, as some dishes weren’t well executed. Perhaps slimming down the menu just a tad would help focus on execution and have all dishes run on full throttle.

Grand Hyatt Denver

Grand Hyatt Denver
Grand Hyatt Denver

The Grand Hyatt Denver is conveniently located in downtown Denver, and a recent renovation has been completed.

This is a large property with 516 rooms. Parking is quite high at $37 per night, but there are plenty of parking lots in the surrounding area where parking can be had for much less.

Due to some medical issues we ran into with somebody else in our party, I contacted the hotel in order to try and secure an accessible room, while also trying to use a Diamond Suite upgrade as more room would be greatly appreciated.

After speaking with the hotel and letting them know the situation, they were able to come through and secure a room that would fit our needs. We also had to coordinate things with a medical supply company that was going to drop off and pick up medical supplies during our stay. The front desk staff also was very helpful in assisting us with that.

Lobby
Lobby

The lobby is quite large, and has a modern, “hunting lodge” type of feel with the unique fireplace.

Executive Suite
Executive Suite

We were given an Executive Suite, which measures just about 800 square feet.

"Dining Room" Table
“Dining Room” Table

Upon entering the room, there is a table that could be used for lounging, working or eating.

Living Room
Living Room

The living room is spacious with a sofa, lounge chair and coffee table. The sofa also has a pull out bed.

Living Room TV
Living Room TV

There is a flat screen TV opposite the sofa.

Bed
Bed

The bedroom is also spacious with plenty of room to walk around the bed. The king bed was very comfortable, with crisp linen.

Desk/TV
Desk/TV

There is also a desk and flat screen TV in the room.

Chair/Table
Chair/Table

There is a sitting chair with small table in the corner.

Bathroom Sink
Bathroom Sink

The bathroom was quite spacious. There is a single sink with adequate counter space.

Shower
Shower
Toilet
Toilet

Since this is an accessible room, there is no separate and distinct space separating the toilet and shower. A curtain separates the two spaces.

Gym
Gym

The fitness center is of adequate space, but is somewhat small for the size of the hotel. All cardio equipment was in use when I visited. There are several treadmills, elliptical machines and bikes, along with some free weights and machines.

Swimming Pool
Swimming Pool

There is a large indoor swimming pool.

Outdoor Track
Outdoor Track

The most distinguishing thing about the fitness center is the outdoor track with tennis court. The rooftop track provides great views of the city.

Regency Club
Regency Club

The Regency Club is fairly large. I popped in right at the end of breakfast. There is a large communal table with several bowls of fruit.

Regency Club
Regency Club
Regency Club
Regency Club

There were pastries, bread, juice, milk cereal, oatmeal, cut fruit, smoked salmon, and a fridge which contained drinks and yogurt.

The hotel was very quiet during our quick stay. The staff was very professional, welcoming and helpful in meeting our needs with the medical issues on hand.

I can’t thank them enough for their assistance, and would not hesitate to stay here again when in the Denver area.