Originally, we had a reservation at La Casa Sena, one of my favorites, and not just for the wine list (one of the best in Santa Fe). But two different sets of people raved about Tulips, so we switched. We've heard that the original husband-wife team split and that, post-split, the husband -- now sole owner -- has become more adventurous. We can confirm this.
I had the Buffalo Chile Relleno and Black Angus Beef Tenderloin. (Elk is SO old in Santa Fe! Particularly when it comes from New Zealand.) The Relleno was great: a mango salsa with chipotle and creme fraiche. Spicy and crispy. The tenderloin was perfectly cooked and the combination of the ricotta ravioli with broccoli and a mushroom cream just nailed it.
The GF had the "Vietnamese Chilled Green Chile Lobster Springrolls" with a passion fruit sauce. Sweet but sprightly. Probably better with a white wine, but we tried a really excellent Testarossa Syrah from the Santa Lucia Highlands, near Santa Barbara. She had a main course not on the menu, center cut pork chop with pineapple salsa, garlic mashed potatoes and grilled bok choy. The mashed potatoes matched the pork perfectly; the bok choy seemed like filler but was fine.
Desserts: Applejack tart with jalapeno and vanilla ice cream that the GF devoured. And a plum custard pie that sounds boring but was divine, especially matched with the Kracher dessert wine, an ice wine from Austria.
Nota bene: We had lunch at Zia Diner, which is a great local hangout. The GF was unhappy with both the sweet potato fries and the portabello mushroom burger. I had turkey vegetable soup and a salad with smoked chicken and candied walnuts which I enjoyed.
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