Gemini brings Spanish tapas made with locally sourced ingredients to Boulder

Gemini, the Spanish eatery that opened in November 2021 at 1115 Pearl Street in Boulder, was originally conceived as a new farm-to-table American restaurant — but chef Brian Pierce knew the market was saturated with long-lasting heavy hitters like Oak ate. Fourteenth and the kitchen.

Pierce’s stacked resume includes Estela in New York and Safta in Denver, as well as experience in biodynamic farming. To put together a meaningful menu that would stand out from nearby establishments, the chef thought back to his culinary travels around the world.

During his time in Asia and Europe, Pierce spent many days in the markets for fresh produce, spices, meat and more, coming to realize that these were the most memorable moments of any trip. “The experience of the market, the smells, the local produce and the meals you have in that environment are the most meaningful,” he recalls. “You get a cultural experience out of those meals.”

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Brian Pierce uses local ingredients such as Hazel Dell mushrooms.

Dustin Bailey

And so Pierce at Gemini combines inspiration from Barcelona and San Sebastian, Spain, with locally sourced ingredients. This approach results in dishes such as the champiñones (Spanish for mushrooms) from the tapas portion of the restaurant’s menu. An exotic mix of mushrooms from Hazel Dell in Fort Collins is baked with charred scallions and topped with a perfectly cooked egg yolk. Each mushroom tastes different, so each bite varies, and the egg yolk adds richness. With just five simple ingredients, the dish is unforgettably tasty without weighing you down.

Tortilla de papas is a Spanish classic and another tapas offering at Gemini. Pierce’s take combines eggs and potatoes cooked in a cast iron skillet until the omelet rises and becomes fluffy. Many iterations of this dish get too heavy with garlic, but Pierce keeps it light with a garnish of fresh vegetables from Longmont’s Oxford Gardens and a spiced aioli.

click to enlarge Beef tartare was a recent special at Gemini.  - DUSTIN BAILEY

Beef tartare was a recent special at Gemini.

Dustin Bailey

He also gets creative with specials like beef tartare served with rosemary seed crackers. “To lighten the dish, we brined carrots and tossed the tartare in a caraway spice mixture,” explains Pierce. “This brings some acidity and freshness to a traditionally dense meal.”

In addition to tapas and larger plates, Gemini serves a variety of cold cuts and cheese, small bites, salads and sandwiches (only available at lunchtime). There is also a daily happy hour from 3-5pm with offers on food, wine and cocktails.

Gemini is located at 1115 Pearl Street in Boulder and is open Sunday through Thursday from 11:30 am to 9:00 pm and Friday and Saturday from 11:30 am to 10:00 pm. For more information, visit geminiboulder.com.

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