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“Fantastic fusion cuisine - real Mexican, not just Tex-Mex. Now called Epazote”
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Bert's La Taqueria
Cuisines: Mexican
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Good for: Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Business meetings, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Neighborhood: Historic District
Reviewed September 26, 2009

Friends recommended Bert's Taqueria, and I thought - "oh no - not another taco and enchilada with rice and refried beans." Fortunately, although the lunch menu of such offerings is delicious and cheap, the dinner at the newly-Christened Epazote is something else altogether. The chef-owner, Fernando, explained that Mexican cuisine can be thought of as one of the first true fusions - of Indian, Spanish, and French, given it's history. Moreover, as I knew from visiting Mexico, there are a variety of regional cuisines - each with its own specialties and distinctive flavors. Tex-Mex, which many think of as "Mexican" food, is one type but there are many others (e.g. from Oaxaca, to the Yucatan), just as in the US we have regional foods, such as Southern cooking, Southwestern flavors, and so on. We had the chef's specials - from the appetizer, to two different moles - one Poblano and one rosa - served with duck and halibut, respectively, to dessert. They were extraordinary. I've never had moles that were so subtle and delicious. I rarely have dessert - but I would not have missed the surprising and delicious Mongolian mousse for anything. It is small but powerful - hitting every part of your palate perfectly. Do not miss this dining experience - or meeting Nando and having him explain Mexican cuisine to you.

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3  Thank mch64
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Reviewed August 12, 2009

Yes, to the corn fungus appetizer. That was just the introduction to a fabulous meal. after the mole tasting - brown or pink - i chose the pink to go with shrimp. it was divine. My friend had the tacos - all her choices were tasty in and of themselves but the red and green chili sauces made them special. Dessert was a Mongolian-Mexican fusion resulting in a very smooth and subtly flavored avocado ginger mousse with pine nuts and beets. The wine margaritas were the perfect accompaniment. The ambience is great and the service helpful.

3  Thank tywo
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Reviewed March 18, 2009

This is one of my favorite restaurants in Santa Fe. The cuisine is always excellent and many of the specials I have tried show the mark of true creativity with culinary dignity.

Don't miss the corn fungus apatizer (I forget the name on the menu).... truly memorable!

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1  Thank ebelle99
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Reviewed February 21, 2009

Atmosphere: The first time we tried to go there for dinner, they were closed. The second time, they were open. The owner explained that his wife didn't feel like opening the restaurant, which is why we were out of luck the first time. Very cozy atmosphere, although their heaters weren't working and we had to move 3 times before they started a fire for us. One gentleman at a nearby table walked out because he never got served.

Food: Fantastic, delicious, and absolutely new New Mexican. The corn fungus was great, and my lamb heart was cooked and seasoned very well, if a bit salty.

Overall Recommendation: Don't go here during the off-tourist season if you're not prepared for dinner to take 3 hours. If you have the time, however, you will be rewarded with very friendly servers, the owner will mostly come out and shake your hand and talk to you for a bit, and you'll taste some fantastic food. If you come during the tourist season, everything should be flawless.

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Reviewed December 27, 2007

Great Authentic experience. The food is outstanding and is authentic mexican. They even had great spanish wine to compliment it and we are super picky wine drinkers. The decor is authentic too. The restaurant is small so call ahead to be sure of a table.

2  Thank winequaffer
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