For the eleven years that we have lived in Albuquerque, Chez Axel has been one of our favorite restaurants. Chef Stephan captures the very best in French cuisine and, unlike too many "gourmet" chefs these days, has not succumbed to gussying up his dishes with fruity frills and touches that are more pretentious than tasty. Chez Axel simply serves good, fresh food created with just the right amount of imagination. And the setting is very lovely and relaxing. In sum, a dinner (or lunch) Chez Axel is a real treat.