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“A hidden gem!”

Chez Mamou French Restaurant
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Ranked #47 of 575 Restaurants in Santa Fe
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $1 - $20
Cuisines: French, Cafe
Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
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Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Reviewed August 16, 2014

We loved discovering this quaint little bistro. We sat in the alleyway courtyard and took lunch. The menu was Classic French and everything that came out of the kitchen looked delightful! We opted for salads and a bottle of excellent Sauvignon blanc recommended by the very attentive waitress. We wish we had time for another visit!

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Reviewed August 15, 2014

Based on two experiences at this restaurant (3 for my wife), we’d say that Chez Mamou is a good addition to the restaurant scene in Santa Fe, and I expect we’ll be occasional repeat customers for years. However, we can say nothing about the pastries or wines, as we don’t partake of either. The restaurant is well situated in the downtown area, and has a nice ambience. A couple of observations that might be helpful. We called beforehand and asked if there was a special for that night; after checking with the kitchen, our communicant said there was--pasta with mussels. When we asked the waiter if there was a special on, he at first said no, but when we thought otherwise, he checked--only to find that, indeed, what we had originally been told was correct. Give a demerit to kitchen-waitstaff communications. We ordered a bottle of sparkling water, which was plopped down and left unopened on our table. The waiter neglected to pour, although he did pour wine at all the adjacent tables. I guess the tip on water wouldn’t have been sufficient to merit the extra attention. That said, the wait staff was otherwise quite pleasant and attentive. As for the food, it is well-prepared and good. We’ve always had the organic mixed green salad as a starter. While not very big, to be true, it has proven fresh, tasty, and not over-priced. Last night we both had the mussels with pasta--the mussels were cooked exquisitely, the saucing was light and interestingly spiced (very garlicky and mildly hot), and the pasta fine (but not exquisite, such as at Cipriani’s in NYC), although I’d have preferred linguine to their spaghetti. The previous time we had the duck confit pasta, which was quite richly sauced but equally as satisfying. We also shared a side of shishito peppers (mini, sweet-hot, thin-walled green peppers popular in Japan) which I’d advise skipping as, while well enough prepared, the peppers seemed dry and not sufficiently sweet.
Finally, a note on the mussels. I’ve not tried these yet, but wife tried them on her first visit to Chez Mamou. She reports they’re the “best she’s ever had.” Now, that’s some recommendation, given that I’ve taken her to the famous Toby’s for mussels (right on Penn Cove on Whidbey Island, noted source of exquisite mussels), and also in light of her having spent many summers in Paris, noted for mussel cuisine. Certainly I’ll have to return here to try them if they’re anywhere close to being that good. All in all, modestly sized plates with good food at moderate prices.

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Reviewed August 14, 2014

We only took advantage of the breakfasts they offer, and did not try the lunch or dinner menus. The pastries are delicious, and it is lovely to sit outside in the adjacent courtyard.

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Reviewed August 11, 2014

We had two pastries for dessert one night. One was a fruit "tart", the other was a chocolate confection. The surprising part about them was that the base of each of the pastries was what I would classify as a large cookie. I had expected them to be on a pastry shell base with a creamy filling, but this isn't how they make them here. They're very tasty, but you should know what you're going to be getting.

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Reviewed August 10, 2014

As others have mentioned this is a great place for lunch and of course dessert and a coffee. French style and lots of chocolate choices. We would recommend this place for lunch or an afternoon break. During peak seasons it can be very crowded.

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