Over the years we have had some *excellent* meals (dinners, mostly) at Pasqual's, so we are reluctant to write a less than stellar review of an old favorite, but... things have changed.
First, the best meals we have had a CP's have had one thing in common: they were mostly *not* "Southwest", for example one was salmon with coconut rice, another ribs with a beet-potato salad, and unfortunately over the last few years the dinner menu has tilted more and more toward "Southwest Cuisine",
And while CP was once perhaps an exemplar of this style of cooking, times have moved on, and there are many better places (mostly, outside of Santa Fe) to find such fare.
For example in Chicago (where we live most of the year) there are a half-dozen places which can cook rings around CP for this stuff - heck, we can get more interesting Mexican/Southwest cooking at Rick Bayless's *chain* of fast-food *mall* outlets (Fronteria Fresca).
The sad truth is that CP's menu items have become dated and provincial - and if it's "authentic", it's in the same sense that a '66 Toyota Corolla is "authentic": won't start in the winter, rides like an ox-cart, has lousy breaks, but still running faithfully after 310,000 miles and shows no sign to quitting, but is long past time for update or replacement.
Second: Breakfast quality has gone to hell. This morning the eggs were vulcanized, the bacon was burned and the potatoes were half raw and half incinerated.
We were * hungry*, but half of each meal was left on the plate... and the server didn't bother to wonder why.
For this, we were at around $50 for two diners inc. tax and tip.
(It also does not help that my personal breakfast favorite, the Genovese Omelet, is long gone form the menu while a long list of pedestrian Southwest items remain - though I can't hold *that* against the restaurant).
Will will be giving PC's one more try next, but IMO it time for the Proprietors to take a road trip and see what's been going on in other kitchens for the last two decades (and what's coming OUT of their kitchen as well) - especially if they intend to remain competitive on the "fine dining" evening end of their operation.
More generally: as we were walking back up Garcia Street we were thinking: "Huh. You know what, there really *isn't* that much in the way of really interesting dining in Santa Fe these days....".
Don't know if our tastes have become more sophisticated over the years, or we have been spoiled by urban living, or if "fine dining" is on hard times in SF, but we would go nuts from gastronomical boredom if we lived here year around.
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