Super Mega Bien’s Pan-Latin Dim Sum is a RiNo Gem

A new restaurant opened in late May, bringing an intriguing concept that is completely new to the city.  Super Mega Bien, from exactly the same owners of Work & Class, is functioning ‘Pan-Latin Dim Sum’ — intriguing, eh? Pan-Latin meaning states of latin for and adequate Super Mega Bien that contains Brazil, Cuba, Spain, Mexico Peru, Chile and more.

Dim sum is a Chinese cuisine of small bite-size portions dumplings from steamer baskets. Waiters come around with a cart of small plates and you simply point to they put it and exactly what you need. No waiting for your food to emerge. It’s a combination of fast food and fine dining. Super Mega Bien has taken this concept and implemented to a different cuisine.

In case you’ve ever been around Work & Class, you’ll understand that it’s a relaxing place of refuge for come after work and find an affordable drink and a plate of delicious empanadas or just a rotisserie chicken for those who ’re extra hungry. You walk by, the patio is always complete. Owner and executive chef, Dana Rodriguez and co-owner, Tony Maciag along with the remainder of the crew wanted to keep exactly the identical enjoyable environment at Work & Class but be experimental with the cuisine and the design. It s located in the same building since the Ramble Hotel around from Cart Driver and diagonal from Work & Class — making for a corner that was really delicious. 

The Space
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The immediate attraction is that the patio in which you&rsquo see people sipping cocktails that are refreshing colorful while massaging from the very last pieces of weather. But the inside is similar to an art gallery — there are many things to take a look at. As the place is filled with conversation starters it must be among the best places to go on a blind date. The 1,800 Ash Wood dowels around the ceiling held up with 6,000 lbs of steel will grab your attention. Even the dowels that take from the ceiling make the restaurant feel much intimate, besides feeling as it’s going to knock down on you. Should you even find the time to look down, the tables are all made of wooden basketball floors from a college at Boulder.  At the center of the dining room is a column with a Luchadore face signifying the civilization you’re Launched in. Essentially, the design is a mix of Latin elements.

To give a nod to the origins of dim sum, a cut out of Bruce Lee is on a column, overlapping a Cuban paper.  Matter Design studio helped with all of the enjoyable wall artwork and the most of the design aspects. As an example, there are individually made duplicates of Latin Americans and facts about the area. One poster is of the Spanish-American actress and flamenco guitarist, Charo. Still another is really a bio of Sandra Ávila Beltran, also a Mexican drug cartel dubbed ‘the Queen of the Pacific. ’ It’s worth it to roam around and check out each of the artwork.

But the visually and intellectually pleasing aspects out of all, the baby blue colored dim sum carts delivering great dishes might be the very best part.

The Food
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&ldquoWe traveled to Peru, Mexico City, Oaxaca and Cuba,” mentioned Rodriguez. “It had been fascinating to go and locate such ingredients. We don’t exactly do the way — we all do our own way to exactly the flavors. ”  On the menu, you ll discover everything from Ahi peppers from Peru and dry peppers from Oaxaca to earn mole and achiote.

A good deal of the meals is local also. “The chicken is Red Bird in Colorado, the lamb is Colorado Steak,” mentioned Rodriguez. “And that the vegetables are whatever we can find here, then we move to California and Mexico. ”

Half of this menu is dim sum and each one of the items are tagged as GF or DF for gluten or gluten free also. If you have any preferences to make it more easy to pick from cart, the waiter will ask.  Dim sum plates vary from $5 to $9. Things are mainstays that are hot, though some vary based on what’so seasonal or if clients enjoy it or not. And there are several vegetarian dishes. But honestly, you might want to break your vegetarian vows.

The ropa vieja (GF, DF) ($5) — Cuban lean beef with plantain is ‘melt-in-your-mouth,’ amazing. The beef is topped with tapenade giving a nice saltiness, and the plantains add a bit of sweetness. Homemade pork chorizo sausage (GF, DF) ($7) with pickled vegetables and a hot chocolate sauce is rather heavenly also.

Vegetarian? Even the manchego + corn stuffed Piquillo peppers (GF) ($2 ) — small, reddish, meat-like textured peppers overflowing with new corn and corn are a good alternative. Another is that the parmesan fried eggplant + avocado mousse ($5), that can be similar to a much healthier variation of fried mozzarella — although equally great.

And you can’t do Pan-Latin without fish, naturally. Even the Yucatan-style shrimp ceviche (GF, DF) ($9) is the best cool, refreshing dish on a hot day — or any day really. Not to mention, All the fish comes in Denver’s Seattle Fish Co

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