Saturday, December 18, 2010

Christmas Dinner in Santa Fe

Christmas in Santa Fe is a magical place indeed.   The farolito walk on Canyon Road that occurs on Christmas Eve is a favorite for visitors and locals alike, and this year should be a most enjoyable walk, now that we have just had a big snow and the temperature is not too chilly.  This event, along with the nearby Pueblo dances and the festive lights of the Plaza create a unique holiday experience for guests of the Hacienda Nicholas Bed & Breakfast


Because Santa Fe is exceedingly busy over the Christmas holidays, you will want to book your holiday meals in advance.  Here are some of my picks for delicious holiday meals at some of Santa Fe's best restaurants:

Fuego (at La Posada, just one block from Hacienda Nicholas)
Christmas Eve - 5:30-9pm
Christmas Day - 4-8:30pm
$95/person  (children's menu available)
505.954-9670

Menu Highlights:
First Course:
Petite Warm Brie, Cranberry with Pecan Chutney and Arugula
Grilled Rock Lobster with Red Pepper Nage, Creamy Polenta and Snap Peas

Second Course:
Herts of Romaine lettuce, White Anchovies and Rye Crisps, Kalamata Olive Dressing
Roasted Carrot and Cumin Bisque, Sun Dried Tomato Crostinis

Intermezzo:
Raspberry Sorbet with Chambord Syrup

Third Course:
Colorado Lamb with Pumpkin and Pecan Flan, Brussels Sprouts and Pancetta with Cider Jus
Pan Seared Chilean Sea Bass with Basmati Rice, Baby Bok Choy and Lemongrass Broth
Oven Roasted Prime Rib of Beef, Herbed Potato Souffle with Haricot Verts, Carmelized Onions

Dessert:
German Chocolate Terrine with Coconut Panna Cotta
Pecan Chocolate Tart with Chocolate Creme Chantilly and Hazelnut Creme-Anglaise

The Compound Restaurant (on Canyon Road - the perfect place to be on Christmas Eve)

Christmas Eve - Serving from 4:30pm
Christmas Day - Serving from 5pm
505.982.4353

Christmas Eve is a 3 course prix-fixe menu
$125/person (children's menu $40)

Christmas Dinner is an a la carte menu featuring
Compound Classics and Christmas Specials
Restaurant Martin
Christmas Eve - Serving from 5:30pm
Christmas Day - Serving from 3pm
A la carte menu
505.820.0919

Menu Highlights:

Appetizers:
Roasted Butternut Squash and Apple Bisque with Lobster-Parmesan Flan
Big Eye Tuna and Hamachi Tasting
Organic Beet Salad with Point Reyes Cheese, Grapefruit Brulee, Fennel Sponge, Candy Almonds....

Entrees:
Maine Diver Sea Scallops with Potato-Shallot Puree, Mushroom-Butternut Squash Duxelle...
White Black Sea Bass with Red Pepper Marmalade, Celery Root Puree.....
Prime Beef Tenderloin with Caramelized Onion-Potato Croquettes

Desserts:
Golden Pineapple Caramel Vacherin, Freeze-Dried Coconut Crunch, Almond Sponge....
Warm Chocolate Pudding Cake with Peanut Butter Ice Cream, Caramelized Bananas, Dulce de Leche
Trio of Creme Brulee

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