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TOMME Serrano Croquettas with Piquillo and Seared Hake with Golden Raisin Sauce are welcome and exquisitely prepared additions to the previous menu. New artworks on display add a warmth to the still somewhat minimalist dining room. Vaulting to the top of Santa Fe's dining scene in such a short time would be mystifying were it not for the fine kitchen staff Max has brought over for her eponymous railyard restaurant. No white tablecloths, but a decent wine list at the same decent price as the apps. We've tried and ejoyed all the below over three visits.

heirloom tomato & mozz, corn chowder, and braised short rib slider apps
fried boneless chicken, steak frites, wagyu burger
moules mariniere, pan seared sole

SAN Q JAPANESE PUB Very pleasant and efficient staff seated us at comfortable tables after we demurred at the offer of Japanese style low-rider tables with benches. We found every item we tried well proportioned and prepared, and tasy and affordable to ensure a return visit. Among our choices, none disappointing, were the fried oysters, grilled salmon belly, kalbi barbecue and the very nice assorted sashimi platter.

PALACE BAR & RESTAURANT Palace says it's Italian. Wrong. I say it's confused. Right. Hopefully that will change. Local superstar chef. Been open over a month, but the mains were below par still. Lamb cigar app very nice. Sous vide duck breast tender but was either cooked over 135-140 degrees or else sauced to a color almost devoid of pink. Good Santa Fe style service. Saving grace was a carrot cake equal to the best I've had anywhere anytime.

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  1. Your review of the new Palace doesn't bode well. I have never had a good meal there under previous owners, Hopefully it's opening jitters.