Bue Tiger, Cascade Village, Vail
Vail CO, Colorado
Cascade Village, West Vail
Part martini bar, part tapas joint, Blue Tiger is full of global flavors with a gypsy soul. Sushi, noodles, salads, satay ” these plates are made for sharing. Priced for the working class, the menu welcomes travelers. Nibble on a smokey grilled romaine salad, sprinkled with blue cheese, then move on to white truffle tuna tartare. Get in touch with your inner hippie and try the grilled tofu with a pungent green curry sauce, or let your Italian side show with the sauteed chicken and gnocchi, made even richer with a creamy mushroom sauce.
Blue Tiger has some of the richest, creamiest espresso in the valley. But before you finish off with one of those (accompanied by a chocolate biscotti), check out the martini list. The greentini starts with green tea vodka ” there’s no mistaking that herbal flavor ” and gets a liitle pep from pomegranate liquor and cranberry juice. The flirtini is fruity and bubbly, thanks to the Champagne.
Who knew you could do something new to a crab cake? These babies have a Thai soul, thanks to the kaffir lime chiffonade that imbues the cakes and the accompanying fresh tomato salsa with its signature zip. And don’t be fooled by the seeming simplicity of the bruschetta. Sure, the combination of tomatoes, goat cheese and a balsamic drizzle is more classic than cutting edge, but something about the sweet burst of a perfectly roasted tomato is always new.
Think late. Blue Tiger’s kitchen is open until midnight, and later if there’s a crowd. “I’ve worked in restaurants all my life, and I got tired of not having a place to go and unwind after work,” said Rich Kellogg. So bring on a “Sabrina-rita” and sweet potato planks, and let the long day melt away.
Blue Tiger also caters events big or small. Parties, family meals, weddings ” they can craft the menu you want.