Bastien's, the old-school steak-centric spot on Colfax, was reviewed by the Denver Post and received two stars. Restaurant critic William Porter found that the kitchen was by and large hitting the mark with a menu that was at once a throwback , think escargot, stuffed mushrooms and shrimp cocktail, and embracing the new century with dishes like brown sugar-wasabi salmon, a porterhouse with Korean BBQ sauce, and a burger shot through with sriracha. While Porter was unimpressed with the risotto fritters and the chicken Astakos, he highlighted that the beef is top-drawer and juicy and gave a shout-out to the old school shrimp cocktail.
Meanwhile, Pho 96, one of the many Vietnamese soup spots on Federal, gets the thumbs up from Mark Antonation of Cafe Society. Antonation lauds the quiet, tidy operation ran by the owners of Pho 96. With a precise and edited menu comprised of four brief sections dividing all dishes into noodle soups, noodle bowls, rice plates and appetizers, the restaurant offers a well-balanced selection for both novices to the Vietnamese cuisine as well as those with an appetite for adventure.