We are having Sunday Spring Jazz Brunches — 10a.m. to 2p.m. starting Easter Sunday. Live music from 11a.m. to 2p.m. featuring John Wise (bass) and Ken Janzen (piano).
Truffle Egg Soufflé
Leeks, Gruyere cheese, Barvarian
Ham served with Home-Fries – $9.25
Motif Eggs Benedict
Poached eggs in Artichoke cups served
Sautéed spinach, tomatoes, goat cheese
Béarnaise – $8.75
Two Eggs Any Style
Home-fries, Bacon and Toast – $9.00
Texas French Toast
Pecan Rum Syrup – $8.25
Grilled Sirloin Steak
Served with Motif Home-fries, two eggs
Any style, pan sauce gravy – $14.00
Green Apple Beignets
Five spice sugar, buttermilk
ice cream – $8.75
Fresh Baked Pastries
Orange Honey Lavender butter – $7.00
Croque Monsieur Panini
Sourdough, ham, Gruyere cheese – $8.25
Bloody Mary Dipping Sauce – $9.00
Motif Home-Fries – $3.00
Apple-Wood Smoked Bacon – $3.00
Sourdough Toast – $2.00
Vodka and Motif’s special blend of
tomato juice and spices -$6.00
Champagne and orange juice -$6.00
Rum, limeade and mint – $6.00
Hyatt Pinot Gris – Greeting Wine
Roza Ridge Chard/Viognier
Potato Round with panseared Salmon medallion, lemon butter dill toasted, garlic Burre Monte
Roza Ridge Syrah
Mixed greens with crispy herbed goat cheese croutons and a roasted shallot vinaigrette.
Roza Ridge Merlot
Sweet Potato Gnocchi with black truffle cream sauce
Roza Ridge Cabernet
Prosciutto & Pistacchio Crusted Rack of Lamb with parsnip chive mashed potatoes and a pomegranate jus
Apple Flan & Carmel with chai whip
2007 Santa Cruz Mountains Chardonnay
Artichoke, Tomato and Goat Cheese Stuffed Puffs
2007 Santa Cruz Pinot Noir
Pan Seared Shrimp Red Chile, Ginger, Kaffir Lime
with Miso Braised Bok Choy
2007 Paso Robles Merlot
Motif Style Steak Fritz with Foie Au Poivre Sauce
2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley Sonoma County
Whipped Brie de Meaux en Feuillete
2009 Monterey Chardonnay
Mixed Berry Medley, Honey, Cinnamon Shortbread Mascarpone Whip
The Motif Salad
Seasonal greens, Anjou pear, shaved
sourdough crouton, Serrano ham crackling
warm brie vinaigrette – $5.00
Crispy Chicken Bites
Brined prosciutto crusted chicken
roasted shallot dipping sauce – $8.00
Skewered tiger shrimp, New Mexican
chili marinade- $8.00
White Truffle Fries
Shoestring potatoes, white truffle oil
minced chives, Manchego cheese – $6.00
Sourdough, fresh mozzarella, fresh basil
Beefsteak tomatoes – $7.25
Kobe Brioche Sliders
Kobe beef burger, oven roasted tomato
rocket arugula, whipped Port-Salut
and, prosciutto bacon – $10.00
Steak & Potato
Sauteed 4oz filet of beef on a crispy
potato with Béarnaise – $14.00
Sweet Potato Gnocchi
Delicate handmade gnocchi, sage cream
And crushed amaretti- $8.00
Fresh seared salmon, soy caramel
over toasted garlic spinach – $12.00
Artichoke bottoms with
citrus dipping sauce – $7.00
Caramelized shallots, figs, Herb goat
cheese with honey drizzle – $7.50
Arbequina olives, Manchego, Mahon
Queso Azul, Mostata di frutta, Sopresatta
Sourdough baguette – $12.00
Served with a lobster cream sauce
And Perigond truffle butter – $15.00
Ask your server for details
roasted shallot – béarnaise
black chili mayo – srirachi lime aioli
piquillo pepper catsup
Additional Sauces $1.00 each
Fresh Fruit Cobbler
Mixed berries and apples topped with chai
Whipping cream, puff pastry and vanilla
Bean ice cream – $8.00
Maple Crème Brulee
Infused with Vermont maple syrup
And raw sugar shell – $6.50
Warm Chocolate Lava Cake
Served with toasted walnut sauce and
vanilla bean ice cream – $7.00
Please be advised that an 18% gratuity
will be added to parties of 6 or more
and will be on one check.
Lightly seared Ahi tuna dusted with Motif spice toasted wonton square with sliced cherry tomato, serrano pepper, shaved scallions and micro wasabi sesame ginger sauce.
Rachel Hess, left, and Christina Rizzo, both 16, shopped at the Barracuda Bazaar in Old Colorado City on Sept. 30. The store, which has been in neighborhood for 15 years, recently moved down the street to a new location on Colorado Avenue.
For decades, Old Colorado City has had T-shirt shops. It’s had good ethnic restaurants. It’s had tchotchkes. And now it has something else: buzz.
We’re not talking about the buzz from marijuana dispensaries. We’re talking about buzz, as in “Have you been to the sexy new jazz club?”; “Have you seen that cool new coffee shop?”; or “Did you see there’s an Ethiopian restaurant?”
The bubbly gossip speaks to a new level of hip in a place that once considered antler chandeliers the height of cool.
Of course, cool isn’t something easily measured, but consider this: Neither the jazz club Motif nor the alt-music venue The Loft even have signs outside their businesses. If you’re in the know, you already know about them, and if you’re not … well, keep driving.
Ricky Sweum – “Piebald City”
The west side’s new jazz bar, Motif, hits the high notes.by Bryce Crawford
photo by Brienne Boortz
It’s a few decades removed from its slaughterhouse days, having last seen duty as a storage area for Andrew and Heather Darrigan‘s Food Designers catering company. But this Old Colorado City space still needed more than $100,000 in renovations before coming out the other side as Motif jazz bar.
And yet Motif’s menu — featuring small plates like the addictive shoestring fries with white truffle oil, chives and shaved Manchego cheese ($5), and $10 top-shelf martinis like the sugary-pink, Chambord-laden French — fails to bear out that cost. It’s a deliberate disconnect, says Andrew, who with his wife owns the two-and-a-half-month-old spot with musician Steve Draper.
“When you look at the menu, it’s cost-effective, it’s great,” he says. “We didn’t want to make it crazy-high and get locked into that stuff. But people love it, everyone loves it — they love the atmosphere and the whole thing. The response we’re getting is, [it could be in] Barcelona, or New York City.
“You’ve totally transcended. Once you come into the place, it’s like you’re not in Colorado Springs anymore.”
Coltrane love him, he’s right. Motif has more unpretentious hip personality than the Blue Star.
Rhapsody in hue
Outside, large umbrellas hover over lime sherbet-green cushions on black wicker furniture, stark against the light bamboo fence that frames the patio. Faux tea-light candles flicker on the high-top tables and neighboring booths; though the patio could use more light in full darkness, the warm glow of the inner space spills out through the open garage door that serves as the entrance to the dining room and bar.
Inside, you’re pleasantly lost in the clamor of voices, the swish of a brush stick on a snare drum, and the dum-dum-dum-dum of a double bass. Rich reds, oranges and purples fill painted walls and light shades, while a nacre tile wall reflects back booths and tables structured with clean, straight lines. Mellow lights underneath the glass-topped bar show off changing colors, soothingly illuminating drinks like the crème brûlée martini, a flawless, cinnamony ode to the dessert.
Jazzy delight gets going around 8:30, but the large, lumpy crispy chicken bites ($6) sing as soon as I take a bite. Swabbed through a roasted shallot béarnaise, the juicy brined and prosciutto-crusted pieces yield poultry paradise.
The Gallic staple that is béarnaise richly reappears over the top of the humbly named steak and potato ($12), a creamy four-ounce filet that rests on a thinly sliced and layered, scalloped-potatoes-like pave. With a gentle lemon aftertaste, the dish is complex, primal haute cuisine.
With similarly European-inspired sauces, breads and oils all over the menu, Darrigan’s schooling at the French Culinary Institute in New York City is obvious. Take the Kobe beef sliders ($10): Three two-inch-high burgers nestle into delectably buttery brioche rolls made in-house, and arrive decked out with oven-roasted tomato, homegrown arugula and a whipped Port-Salut cheese drizzle. They’re ridiculous, and the most popular item on the menu.
Like the roasted tomatoes, a host of other ingredients hail from Tejon Street’s Extraordinary Ingredients: the pomegranate reduction on one night’s superbly flaky, gossamer-like cod special ($15); the truffle oil on the fries; and crystallized ginger that, candied, tops the coffee-hinted, lush crème brûlée ($5) dessert.
The potato gnocchi ($7) gets another local kiss, with micro basil from Black Forest-based Naturescape Microgreens. Sadly, it’s not enough to rescue a surprisingly lame dumpling-in-tomato-sauce dish.
A second rare miss is the bacon tempura ($6). The pecan maple dipping sauce drips sweet and thick, but during our visit, the bacon must have bathed in the fryer for minutes before being served: Taken together, it all tasted like a burnt-to-hell pork cookie.
Motif shines in every other way, however. The brie vinaigrette-topped Motif salad ($5) of greens, crackling Serrano ham and ribboned Anjou pear is wonderfully light (though I wouldn’t mind more pear). The salmorejo shrimp ($7.50), skewered colossal black tiger shrimp covered in a guajillo chili marinade, are succulence incarnate, while the fresh fruit cobbler ($8) of boozed-up, tart apples and berries, underneath a puff pastry with vanilla bean ice cream, should end every meal.
Motif’s currently open just Friday and Saturday, but this fall will bring Thursday operations and a modified winter patio. Consider it a blessed fix; the combination of food, mood and music is almost addicting. The tapas trend has struck the Springs — see Pizzeria Rustica’s new offshoot, and The Broadmoor’s West Lobby Bar — but for now, it’s Darrigan’s neighborhood hideout that has me impatiently waiting for the weekend.