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Rociada in Santa Fe

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Rociada in Santa Fe

Patrick | Jan 14, 2002 02:38 PM

Hi all

Just a quick post to detail a nice dinner Saturday night at Rociada in Santa Fe. It's at 304 Johnson, just down from the O'Keefe museum.

Wife and I were seated fairly quickly, at a corner two-top in the first room. A little noisy with the bar, but still comfortable. We started with the traditional French onion soup (good - just a little crouton, not totally smoothered in cheese like so many) and a wonderful salt cod / yukon gold potato appetizer. It was mixed together, probably 2:1 potato to fish, and baked in a small dish so it had a nice golden brown top layer. Served on toasted baguettes it was very good.

2nd plates were not as great, unfortunately, but still good. My wife vascillated between the muscles and the potato dumplings and ended up with the muscles, in a creamy pernod sauce. They were good, but not as fresh as we were used to on the coast. We'll learn soon not to mess with shellfish this far from ocean, but sometimes muscles and clams just sound so good! I had a braised veal chop with winter root vegetables. It was huge! It was listed on the menu as lamb, but apparently the chef didn't like the lamb and took veal instead. No problem for me, as I don't mind veal, but I'm sure some folks might have changed when informed.

Desserts were profiterols and lavender creme brulee. The cream puffs won hands down - accompanied by a chocolate sorbet that was divine and light.

The service was good, but definitely European. We sat at 8:05, drink order taken at 8:20, check came around 9:45, we left just after 10:00. Fine by us as we're slow eaters, but anxious folks might have been looking around for their waiter. Best part was a very wine-knowledgeable wait staff. I had selected an '85 Gigondas from E. Guigal, as the '98 was red-dotted (out of stock). The waiter suggested the '98, though, and said they had just got it back in stock and was surprised my list had not been updated. It was a much better, more lush drink than the '95 and plus it was $5 cheaper!

Overall a nice meal, but at $28 pris fixe not the best value and marginally met expectations. We'll give it another shot in a month or two.

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