Had an exceptional meal last Friday at this new restaurant helmed by Charles Dale, formerly of Terra at the Encantado resort. It's a tiny, bustling space that seems much lighter and more convivial than it did in its previous incarnation as Aqua Santa, and the food was superb across the board.
First courses included seven-herb ravioli with a (huge) crispy frog leg for me and sauteed foie gras for my wife, both of which were excellent. Main courses were a reference-standard steak frites featuring densely flavored, beefy hanger steak and crispy fries, and the real highlight of the evening, short ribs "pot au feu", a pile of meltingly tender meat in a light broth with brussel sprouts and carrots that managed to be both classic and original at the same time.
One could hope for a few more interesting under $50 selections on the wine list (especially on the red side), but that's my only minor quibble. I always had a sense that Chef Dale's talents were somewhat underutilized at Terra, and Bouche seems to confirm that. This looks to be an exciting and most welcome addition to fine dining in Santa Fe.