Terra at new Encantado Resort by Auburge, Santa Fe
I am visiting Santa Fe this month and have reservations for dinner at the new resort in Tesuque called Encantado. Their restaurant is called Terra and is about a month old. Any recommendations/insight would be appreciated.
It's well after your visit, Ryan, but I thought I'd post here just in case anyone else comes searching... I _loved_ my dinner there! I visited in late October. Really solid food that steers away from the gratuitous Southwestern crap--I am no fan of the new Coyote Cafe, which is just trying too hard.
The menu has changed now for the winter, but we had a lovely light pistachio pesto with tomato broth. Also a genius take on a Chinese pork bun: confit pork, chipotle hoisin (now _that's_ smart use of Southwestern ingredients), pickled veg and a jaunty crispy bit of cured pork loin.
We were modest and shared a main dish, but I wish we'd eaten more--great lamb treatment, in a rogan josh and a date-glazed rack of lamb, with pistachio pilaf.
I was feeling a bit sad when we saw the dessert menu, because none of it looked too inspiring, which meant I could've eaten more mains. But then the waiter steered us to the cheese course, and advised on another wine. The cheese was great, with fruity bits devised to go with each cheese, and a stellar wine. He even set my mom up with a little bit of sauternes to go with her sorbet. (Service in Santa Fe isn't always so professional--I got the sense they really picked the best people in town to work the FOH here.)
And it's an all-around beautiful room, with a great view over the valley. Can't wait to go back!