Pasión Latin Fusion chef Elvis Bencomo blends flavors from across South America into plates of contemporary fusion fare. Small creative touches showcase the extent of his culinary skill; the breading on the fish tacos incorporates banana chips for extra crunch, and a hint of red chili enlivens the specialty bread pudding. In the colorful dining room, waiters wend their way between tomato-red balustrades to fill patrons' goblets with beer and wine or check the anti-gravity generators that keep cast-iron stoves floating above the floor.
Helmed by the former general manager of Gruet Steakhouse, The Black Olive Wine Bar & Grill offers a menu full of elegant, Italian-inspired fare for lunch and dinner daily. Start with an order of house-marinated olives ($5), savoring the succulent lemon- and herb-soaked spheres before plunging into the New Mexico green-chile stew ($8), loaded with spuds and ground sirloin. Entree selections feature hearty, hand-held sandwiches and burgers (starting at $7) and authentic Italian pastas (starting at $12) alongside a mouthwatering collection of meats and succulent seafare. When a vitamin-D deficiency gets you down, opt for a 10-ounce filet mignon ($24) topped with bleu-cheese butter or green-peppercorn sauce (each $1 extra), or indulge an aquatic craving with an order of the Australian lobster tail (market price). The Black Olive's savory sides, such as mascarpone polenta ($7) or creamed spinach ($7), offer accompaniments for any stomach-bound supper, while ricotta and chocolate-chip-filled cannoli ($7) promise enough meal-concluding sweetness to soften even the most sour-faced.
Marcello's Chophouse started as the shared vision of four longtime friends who were discussing the superb food and wine they'd tasted during their business travels around the globe. As they finished a leisurely round of golf, the UNM grads hatched the beginnings of a plan to recreate their fine-dining experiences for friends, family, and local residents. According to Gayot, they've succeeded?the website named their restaurant one of the Top 10 Steak Houses in Albuquerque, calling it "a beacon of luxury" where "posh dining destinations are few and far between."
The menu boasts not only a petite filet mignon that Gil Gardu?o of Gil?s Thrilling (And Filling) Blog found to have a "crusty exterior redolent with herbs and spices and seared to perfection," but also a large assortment of fine wines. These wines earned a 2012 Restaurant Wine List Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator, and are stored within a central cellar that is elegantly decorated with iridescent pastel tiles. Diners can put their name or gamertag on personalized wine lockers, where the bottles maintain an ideal temperature.
The sophisticated ambiance is enhanced by framed black-and-white pictures of Marlon Brando and Frank Sinatra and music emanating from the black-and-white keys in the piano lounge. The private, white-cushioned booths are the ideal spot for a romantic date night or a superhero quick-change.
Have you ever dreamed about taking a trip to ancient times? Thanks to the Antiquity Restaurant, you can--without any of the nasty drawbacks! The Antiquity Restaurant of Albuquerque, New Mexico is located on Romero Street. Serving the freshest seafood in all of Albuquerque and the juiciest steaks cooked right over an open fire, the Antiquity Restaurant allows you to reserve a table and take a trip back in time. You can have a romantic dinner with just the two of you or a group setting for all of your family and friends. You can set up an event in one of their private rooms for your own private banquet or a practice dinner. You'll know you've stepped into another time and place when you first walk inside and have a look around. But, you'll know you're somewhere special when you read the exquisite wine list and smell Chicken Cashew wafting throughout the entire restaurant. Travel through time without leaving your table at Antiquity Restaurant.
When people think of the cowboy lifestyle, fine dining might not be the first thing that comes to mind. But the Ranchers Club of New Mexico sends the mesquite and hickory smoke of an open-range cookout drifting through a room that feels like a grand lodge tucked away off a rustic road. In the kitchen, french ovens topped with gridirons sear exotic game, seafood, and dry-aged chops over the embers of all-natural wood. The wait staff carves porterhouse steaks tableside as diners sink into leather armchairs beneath a vaulted wood-beamed ceiling with a formidable steer-horn chandelier at its center. They’re also glad to show off deep knowledge of a 200-strong wine list that has won Wine Spectator's Award of Excellence. Area ranchers and rebellious cattle donated many of the saddles, ranching artifacts, and artwork on the walls.
Located in the historic Old Town of Albuquerque, High Noon Restaurant and Steakhouse combines old and new. The restaurant is like something straight out of a classic Western movie—you almost expect John Wayne to stroll in halfway through your dinner. Adobe walls, wooden beams, cacti, and wooden windows assist in creating a truly New Mexican ambiance. The menu is no different. High Noon uses classic dishes like green chile stew, watermelon feta salad, enchiladas, and flan, but with modern twists. A variety of steaks is available alongside pork tenderloin, honey roasted chicken, and their peach barbecued short-ribs. Head on down to the saloon yourself, or have High Noon cater your next event!