Parallel Seventeen is a French-Vietnamese bistro in Uptown Denver. The open atmosphere is perfect for a warm summer evening. The edgy space effortlessly transforms from an inviting day bistro into an upbeat evening restaurant. The restaurant will soon celebrate their 8th anniversary. The chef and owner, Mary Nguyen, was an investment banker and commodities trader before pursuing her passion in food. You can experience her unique creations at Parallel Seventeen.
The drink was sweet, fresh, and refreshing. It had all the qualities I look for in a summer drink. The drink had a pleasant mixture of flavor and tasted “healthy” enough for a few glasses.
Ginger Coconut Encrusted Calamari
With jalapenos, watercress, pears, sweet chili sauce, and cilantro coulis, there was an incredible amount of flavor, color, and texture to the calamari dish. The taste of the coconut was overpowered by the sweet taste of the pears. The portion size was large and perfect for sharing.
Sizzling Saigon Crepe
The Sizzling Saigon crepe is a great choice for an appetizer shared between two or as an entrée if you’re not looking for anything too filling. Wrapped in a thin layer of coconut-scented crepe, the filling consists of sautéed chicken, mushroom, onions, and bean sprout with garnishments of pickled daikon, pickled carrots, cucumbers, basil, and cilantro on the side. Flavors complement well together and you can pick and mix any or all sides to find your favorite profile. For the full experience, it is suggested to wrap the crepe in a whole lettuce leaf however it could get a little messy while coordinating the filling, crepe, and lettuce leaf, so eating it with just a fork and knife is perfectly acceptable.
Five Spice Duck Confit
Duck is not a common find on menus across the restaurants in Denver so if you’re feeling like going a little outside the box, try the Five Spice Duck Confit. Parallel Seventeen knows how to play with their flavors. The soft and sweet profile of the carrot puree compliments the five spice duck and the aigre doux salad – translation “sweet and sour” salad – although just slightly salty, gives the perfect finishing bite. Texture, on the other hand, is a little lacking. The duck is cooked a little too crispy and the green lentils too soft and it seems that most of their entrees are not served as hot.
House Spun Cotton Candy
We ordered the cinnamon cotton candy, since the coconut flavor had sold out. The cinnamon had a strong and spicy flavor. The cotton candy was served on a large rod, but did not taste warm. The flavor was new and exciting served in the familiar form of cotton candy.
Five Spice Banana Spring Rolls
It might be a little strange to use five spice in a dessert and even the term spring rolls may not ring a “sweet” tune, but at first bite the five spice banana spring rolls will have you wanting seconds. In fact, it’s highly recommended to order for one for each guest because it is that good. Roll it around the salted caramel and pair it with the caramel ice cream and you’ll be a happy customer.
Every month, Parallel Seventeen partners with a non-profit organization in their “Dining for a Cause” program benefiting local and national programs. They also participate in many fundraising events with food donations, gift certificates, and employee participation. In 2013 they will participate with Share our Strength, Project Angel Heart, Denver Zoo, Leukemia and Lymphoma Foundation, SOUP, and Feeding the Family.
1600 East 17th Avenue
Denver, CO 80218
HOURS OF OPERATION:
Brunch: Daily: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Dinner: Sunday – Friday: 3 – 10 p.m., Saturday: 3 – 11 p.m.