Profile: The Broadmoor – Penrose Room
- Bertrand Bouquin, Executive Chef
- 1 Lake Ave., Colorado Springs, CO
- Twitter - @TheBroadmoor
- Open since 1961
Examiner: What makes your establishment unique?
Bertrand: We are the only Five Star Five Diamond restaurant in Colorado. Plus, we also have a unique setting in the fact that you can see both the mountains and city from opposite sides of the restaurant.
Examiner: What is a little known factoid about your place?
Bertrand: In the Southwest corner of the restaurant, we have a Demonstration Kitchen offering as many as 20 guests the opportunity to interact with me while I cook.
Examiner: What is your specialty?
Bertrand: My specialty is fine dinning food. This is what I have been trained to do throughout my career.
Examiner: What is your patrons' favorite thing about your establishment? What's your favorite?
Bertrand: The guests really enjoy the classic fine dining experience at Penrose Room. The food, service and the music – they all tie together to make a truly classic experience.
My favorite thing (beside the food!) is the location of the restaurant. We are located on the top of the South Tower at The Broadmoor. It is the absolute best view in town. I like to come up here in the morning and just look out over the city and the mountains – it is very peaceful!
Examiner: Anything new on the horizon that people can look forward to trying?
Bertrand: We just started a new winter and I would love for people to try the Chesapeake Bay Crab Salad with Carrot and Grapefruit Jelly. The Lamb Saddle stuffed with Fennel and Dried Apricot is also something that I think people will really enjoy.
Examiner: What is the top thing you recommend visitors to your city do/see - besides your business, of course?
Bertrand: I highly recommend taking people to Garden of the Gods. It is the perfect place to go on a walk, hike, sightsee or just relax and have a picnic. The views of Pikes Peak are incredible and with the red rock formations in the background, it is really amazing.