Walking into The Village Cork, one is greeted by a harmonious scene: happy patrons sipping wine, carefully constructed cheese plates in front of them, servers actively participating with each table from the first glass poured to the last lick of a desert spoon, and at the center of all it all is chef Samir Mohammad. Samir cooks behind the bar with no over-head, two induction burners, a convection oven, and an infectious passion for food. He is what makes The Village Cork one of the city’s hidden treasures. The work Samir does with his small space in the middle of the restaurant action is inspiring. If you are able to sit at the bar and watch him, it’s like attending a live taping for the Food Network. A few favorites on the current (and ever-changing) menu are the seldom seen Duchess potatoes with Pecorino and wild mushroom demi-glaze; the pork carpaccio, with Il Mondo Vecchio copa and a caper, cornichon, arugula, pickled cauliflower salad with a marinated egg yolk; the decadent mushroom and lentil Wellingtons with a truffle crème fraiche and truffle caviar; and the dish which pays homage to Samir’s New Mexican roots: the Chimayo flank steak over pork belly posole rubbed with New Mexico Chimayo chile, fennel, cardamom, coriander, oregano, and cumin. The Village Cork is accepting reservations for Valentines Day, featuring a playful menu (bubbles included). It’s a sure way to fall in love with your honey or, The Village Cork.
Samir often holds cooking classes. Friend The Village Cork on Facebook for updates!
Opening for Sunday brunch and dinner starting March 18th.
The Village Cork
1300 South Pearl Street
Denver, CO 80210