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Classic Culinary Technique Meets Contemporary Flair at Amaya at Hotel Santa Fe

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Amaya at Hotel Santa Fe the Hacienda and Spa, mixes classic technique, contemporary flair, and fresh seasonal ingredients from the cold rivers of Alaska to the Great Plains. Highlighting local pueblo and Northern New Mexican influences, the chefs select superb ingredients and weave them together in a style that is both ancient and contemporary. Items at lunch lean toward the lighter side — an array of salads, a sandwich or two, the requisite burger, and some New Mexico standards thrown in for good measure. At dinner, the dishes are more formal and substantial, sometimes exotic, and the influence of Native and Western American cuisines is clear. A dinner special might include venison steak, elk tenderloin, Nisqually tribal-caught wild salmon, everything grilled to perfection. Does a French Bordeaux or Spanish Rioja complement this best? Perhaps you would prefer a house-made Sangria, or maybe a Prickly Pear Margarita. Whatever your choice, the popular consensus for desert is that the creme brulee will be the best you’ve ever had.

The casual, inviting atmosphere keeps the focus on fine food and conversation. The boutique hotel’s partnership with Picuris Pueblo is reflected in the fine Native American themed art and authentic hand-painted pueblo pottery visible throughout the restaurant. In winter, relax inside by the roaring fire. In the summer, dine on the patio surrounded by beautiful outdoor gardens, or in a traditional teepee laid out with hides and blankets surrounded by hummingbird feeders, birdhouses, and amazing mountain views. Native flute and Spanish guitar is performed every week by the revered Ronald Roybal.

With food that is cordon bleu quality, and first-class service, Amaya has created an intimate and elegant ambiance for delectable dining. Executive Chef Walter Dominguez prepare a unique and consistently delicious seasonal menu by skillfully blending indigenous and non-indigenous ingredients with flair and finesse. Add the beautiful and sought-after talent of Ronald Roybal’s music, and you have a subtle, sweet, and very Southwestern atmosphere for the most memorable Santa Fe dining.

For reservations, call 505-955-7814, and see more of the menus at the website.