The 10th is a great addition to Vail Mountain
- aledm Mar 13, 2012 02:00 PM
We had heard good things about The 10th (at Mid-Vail on Vail, Mountain, 970-754-1010)and had been meaning to try it. We went on a day that we wanted to have a late lunch (because we were going to the Vilar early that evening). We made a reservation at 2:15 p.m. and then called from the very long lift line at Chair 11 to tell them we would be late. The last reservation they take is at 2:30 p.m. We slid in a little after 2:30 but they were gracious and seated us without any fuss. The General Manager, George Bigley, was at the reception desk and we like to see that. We put our stuff away in the ample cloakroom. We used the restrooms and then we were seated in the main dining room. It has a lovely view of the Gore Range. Our server, Juliana, was professional and personable. This was to be our main meal of the day and we shared everything, as usual. We didn’t have wine. The 10th describes its cuisine as “modern alpine”. We started with the “Wood Roasted Mussels Frites with Parsley & Shallot Broth, Spicy Aioli” ($18). We were first brought bread and butter and it tasted (and the texture was) better than it looked. The mussels were good, the frites were very good but the aioli wasn’t spicy nor did it taste like aioli. All in all, it was a good dish. For our main we had the “Rosemary Basted Colorado Striped Bass with Arugala, Pastina, Saffron Tomato-Fennel Broth” ($24). It was a very good dish. We had not had pastina in recent memory and it was very good; the texture was great. For dessert, we had the “Meyer Lemon Crème Brulée with alpine berries and little cookies” ($11). The crème brulée was delicious, the berries were blueberries and the cookies were good. The meal was delightful. There was no feeling of being rushed even though it was late in the afternoon by the time we had finished. George Bigley was still walking around the restaurant so we were able to chat and compliment him. This restaurant is a fine addition to Vail Mountain and we recommend it.
The 10th is open for dinner as of December 12, 2012! The ride up the gondola at night was very pretty, exciting and fun; also very cold (take blankets). The restaurant space was also cold at first but eventually the thermostat was pushed up enough (after our 3rd request) to make it comfortable. The 5 of us had a lovely meal and the service was very good by Joanne L. The menu at dinner is more expansive than at lunch and the additions to the list of mains were interesting. We each had a starter and then 4 of us shared two mains. Jennifer Mejia, the general manager stopped by to chat (which we love!). We were brought homemade breads that were good with our first bottle of wine from the special offering list. We chose a Carmenere from Chile ($35) that was very good. We were brought amuse bouches for our 4 meat eaters which was a sausage morsel that was accompanied by a delicious gel and sauce. For our vegan, the amuse bouche for him was vegetarian (how thoughtful). For our starters we were all happy: we had one delicious pumpkin soup ($12), 2 delicious (but a little too salty) lobster bisques ($14 each), one smoked duck salad ($18), and one grilled romaine salad with white anchovy ($17). Then we were each brought a palate cleansing mango sorbet. And we ordered a second bottle of the Carmenere (another $35). For our mains, two of us shared one beef short ribs ($37) with a delicious sauce and two of us shared the halibut ($38) that was perfectly cooked and sauced too. The portions were large and the food and accompaniments were more than enough for two. The fifth person had the quinoa strudel ($30) that he liked very much. Of course we were all stuffed but the table shared the chocolate bread pudding ($13) nonetheless. We had one coffee ($4.25) and one tea ($4.25). The bill was $271.50 plus tip. Everyone was very happy.
I had lunch at the 10th on Christmas Day. I loved coming in, taking off the boots, putting on snuggly slippers and enjoying a great meal on the slopes. We were seated at the window and treated to a great view of the Gore range.
I chose a heirloom chicken and pheasant pot pie with root vegetables and vermouth cream sauce. It was beyond a doubt the best pot pie I've ever eaten. Great flavor and the golden flaky crust was perfection. I should have stopped eating long before I did but it was just so good.
It wasn't cheap but compared to pricing elsewhere on the mountain it wasn't to bad.
It's at mid-Vail at the base of Look Ma (across from the pre-existing building). If you are skiing down toward mid-Vail from the top of the gondola (going to take some getting-used-to in order to stop calling it the Vista Bahn) it's on the right as you approach that chaotic area where all the runs converge.