Eat, What, Wear : Ace, Eat, Serve Holiday Party
Denver Style Magazine Holiday Soiree at Ace, Eat, Serve
||Authored by Dustyn Deerman||
|Photographed by Katie Langley, @kt_langley |
When team DSM heads out for celebrations and libations, we’re looking for fun, tasty foods and good vibes. That took us to Ace Eat Serve, where you can enjoy Asian-inspired comfort foods, an expansive indoor and outdoor bar, and of course -- Denver’s only dedicated Ping-Pong Hall. We as a team decided we’d have our holiday party here, so naturally, we got a bit dressed up for our night out.
On Kelsey: Holiday Caftain ($189) provided by Anna Festa.
On Chelsea: Dress, Melrose & Madison ($238). Necklace and hand chain, Hare and Hawkeye (Chelsea’s own design, can be found on Etsy). Crown, Pink’s Boutique
On Taylor: Green Jacket: Jacket ($98), dress ($32) and heels ($32) all provided by Inspyre Boutique.
On Dustyn: Dress ($), necklace ($), ring ($) and headband ($) all provided by Midnight Rambler Boutique.
On Kylie: Velvet choker ($18), lariat necklace ($39), beaded top ($66) and zipper moto jacket ($98), suede skirt ($44) all provided by Fab’rik.
Feeling the fun energy of the restaurant we headed straight for the Ping-Pong Hall, where we found out who actually knows how to wield a ping-pong paddle. After a few rounds and laughs we finally dived into a number of Chef Biederman’s very tasty interpretations of some favorite regional Asian dishes.
Starting off, a couple favorites were their Tiger Winger (crispy chicken wings in sweet and salty tiger sauce) and Kimchi Fritters (house made kimchi with charred scallion aioli); their Pickled Cucumber Salad was the perfect hint of freshness to go along with all of the appetizers.
Then we got to the real feast, a series of delightful dishes, mostly rice or noodle based, and varying from spicy to straight up comforting. A couple dishes that stood out where the Bun Cha (rice vermicelli, grilled pork belly, vegetable spring roll, pickled vegetables and peanuts) and the Green Curry Noodles (rice vermicelli, chicken, snap peas, green papaya, broccoli, local greens, coconut milk and cashews). A definite hit for the whole table was their Tom Kha Soup (chicken, coconut lemongrass broth, mushrooms and herbs); in fact I will definitely want some more of that as the wintery weather finally starts rolling in.
Then we treated our sweet tooth with some dessert. First, we had the pleasure of trying Ace’s Chocolate Bon Bons, which were almost looked too good to eat. These come in a range of daily flavors, all of which are beyond delicious. However, what truly impressed all of us were their homemade fortune cookies! These were legitimately the actual best fortune cookies any of us had ever had; perfectly sweet and light and filled with a fun message to enjoy the treat with.
Throughout the whole evening Ace treated us to a whole variety of cocktails from their bar. From frozen beverages to tiki-inspired drinks we got to light on fire, they were all well-constructed, perfectly boozey, and a delight to sip on through the evening. A couple favorites included the M.S.G. (Reyka Vodka, Nigori Sake, Grapefruit Liqueur, grapefruit, lime with a Matcha Green Tea and salt rim) and The Girl With Green Eyes (Rhum Agricole Blanc, Green Chartreuse, St Germain, Lime with a Chili-Sugar Rim).
I wasn’t lying about a drink you could light on fire, the Scorpion Bowl is perfect for a group to tackle together, or if you’re feeling brave, we dare you to try to drink the whole thing yourself (safely, of course!). It features Gosling's Black Seal Rum, Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum, Leopold Bros Peach Liqueur, orange, pineapple, cranberry, lime, and Orgeat; it’s sweet and very easy to drink… and it’s on fire, can’t go wrong there.
Altogether we had an awesome time at Ace Eat Serve. The staff is super nice, the food and drinks are all very tasty and moderately priced, and the overall atmosphere is great. From the Ping-Pong Hall to their year-round patio there’s no shortage of space to hang out and have a good time.
The restaurant accepts party reservations and provides the opportunity to actually take over their entire Ping-Pong Hall. With that said, they are likely booked through the holidays, but if you’re looking for a good post-holiday get together spot, you should definitely check them out. You can actually follow them on Facebook for updates on open spots, then book it through the page!