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Nov 12, 2013 12:45 PM

Mas Opens in Downtown Albuquerque

Chef James Caruso's new restaurant, Mas, opens Friday, November 15, at the Hotel Andaluz at Copper and 2nd Street in downtown Albuquerque. He is chef/owner of La Boca in Santa Fe. Mas specializes in tapas.

I wish them the best of luck. That location has always been a little tough.

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  1. Will this place replace Lucia? Can't wait to try it.

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    1. re: ninrn

      I'm not sure where Lucia is, but Mas is right in the Hotel Andaluz. Caruso's menu at La Boca in Santa Fe is fabulous. It's pricey, but nice for a special lunch or dinner. Very small and packed. Great wine list. Looking forward to trying this too.

      1. re: sandiasingh

        Lucia was the main restaurant at Andaluz. Looks like Mas will take its place.

      1. I've been there twice and had tapas. The food is delicious. The menu has tapas and main dishes. There are daily special tapas too. Everything we tried was top notch. We loved the bruschetta with truffle, monchego cheese, and a fried egg on top. Had a tasty duck tapa and the fried shrimp is also excellent. The room is buzzing and has a good vibe. Our second visit presented us with a few issues. The valet service was not present - even after asking the maître d. Had to park in a parking garage several blocks away after driving around city blocks for awhile. We did get our first round of tapas on the house because of the valet issue. Our waiter seemed to vanish after that and we never did order anymore tapas as planned. Kind of a frustrating experience. Will try it again because the food is so good, but I hope they get the valet and wait service worked out better.

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        1. re: kjjr

          Thanks for the update. Hopefully they have someone reading reviews on here.

          I don't quite understand why ABQ and Santa Fe chefs insist on all the seafood. Naturally people want good seafood because of where we are, but it is not appealing to me because I know it's at least a day or two old. Everything else sounds devine.