The Restaurant address in Santa Fe, New Mexico is "La Casa Sena". A charming cozy elegant spot in the middle of the old city. Resident Chef Patrick Gharrity assisted by Chef de Cuisine Noé Sanchez designed a lovely gourmet course to let us understand their art. We were impressed by the Seared Sea Scallop with aragula, hazelnut pesto and rice paper. Paired with a wonderful 2009 1er Chablis Corinne et Jean-Pierre Grossot "Mont de Milieu"
Then we had a Foie Gras Mushroom Tartlette with 15 years balsamic, shallot rings paired with a Riesling Spätlese "Dorsheimer Pittermännchen", Nahe 1999 We found this combination very appropriate to this refined and delicious dish.
Though the most interesting and different dish was a Southwest Seared Colorado Lamb Loin served on purple sweet potato-blue goat cheese gratin, ancho chile (Santa Fe is famous for it) demi-glace, in zinfandel syrup and roasted heirloom tomatoes. Here the wine choice was a Brick House, Pinot Noir,, "Le Dijonnais", Ribbon Ridge 2012. Definitively our favorite recipe.
Dessert ended our gourmet dinner with a Chocolate Tarragon "Paté" Lavander cream paired with a Hungarian Tokaj 2012 "Evolúcio" late harvest.
We recommend very much this location for an elegant experience with a great gourmet value and great service, not to mention the great wines selection in their shop. When the weather is nice the court is a great place to spend a late afternoon and consequent dinner. Score 20/20 for wines pairing and 18/20 for the dinner.
|Executive Chef Patrick Gharrity
Article by Luca Centoni
Pictures by Maria Grazia Sanfelice