This is our first Christmas in Santa Fe as residents. Though we have spent a few Christmases here as vacationers, this was going to be my first time walking Canyon Road and view the holiday celebration Santa Fe style to coincide with the Farolito Walk we planned this year. Christmas Eve dinner at Geronimo as a special treat. There was no shortage of great entertainment from traditional Russian Music to Christmas Carols and good old-fashioned Country, combined with farolitos, small pinion luminarias and beautiful holiday light displays on our walk up Canyon to Geronimo was a great Santa Fe holiday experience.
We made it there right in time for our 7:30 reservation and they put us exactly where I had requested next to one of the Kivas in the back of the restaurant where it was warm and cozy. The restaurant was busy and the staff was very welcoming, making us feel at home as soon as we walked in. The menu for the evening was Prix Fixe and had many of their signature items including some holiday specials. We started the evening with a cocktail while looking at the great selection on the Christmas Menu. I had the Chocolate Martini and JoAnn had the Cosmopolitan. I am a late bloomer and just started making and drinking martinis, this martini expanded my martini appreciation by making a serious drink a lot more fun. Our server Aaron was a pleasure, he was always there at the right time to answer questions and his support staff kept the water glasses full and made sure your table was perfect for each course.
We started with soup, I had the Lobster Bisque and she had the Veal Consommé with Short Rib Dumplings. The best part of having soup at Geronimo is the presentation of the liquid pour-over for foodies like me that want to share the experience with their friends on Instagram. This was a great start to an evening of fantastic food and presentation.
The next course I had the Macaroni stuffed with Ox Tail in a Foie Gras and Truffle gravy and JoAnn had Wild Mushroom and Truffle Risotto with Capers. My dish was so good I ordered more bread just to sop up the Foie Gras gravy, this dish was rich, flavorful and creative and reminded me of a similar meal at Lasserre in Paris. JoAnn loved her Risotto, everything was so fresh and the capers provided a briny bite that brought the dish together. After the First course, we stuck with the same cocktails to take us into the main course.
I love Sea Bass, Geronimo has a Green Miso recipe with Ramen noodles and Truffle, so this was an easy choice for me, I have had a similar preparation of Sea Bass in Del Mar and Seattle and loved it both times. Joann ordered the Locally provisioned Rack of Lamb with Corn Polenta, roasted Leeks and a Merlot Lamb reduction, we eat Red Meat on special occasions so this was a great treat. The Sea Bass was cooked perfectly firm on the outside and moist on the inside with the Green Miso Broth and Bok Choy it was not only very beautiful but it was delicious and as an added bonus it was healthy. JoAnn’s Rack of Lamb was cooked a perfect medium rare and was so tender it literally did melt in your mouth. I was lucky enough to get one of the lamb rib bones and I can still remember how it tasted when it hit my tongue. It was tender, it had just the right amount of fat to coat the tongue and the seasoning with the Merlot reduction was perfection.
I knew this was going to be a fantastically rich meal and I had ordered the cookies dessert to go and we split the Toffee Cream Brûlée. It was just about this time we started talking to the folks at the next table who had come down from Taos to enjoy Christmas. They had moved to Taos several years back to start their new adventure. We were able to end the evening by having a great conversation and enjoying the very rich and creamy dessert. We do not go to Geronimo’s often because it is a special treat for us. The meal and the evening will be remembered for a long time because of the Farolito walk, the great food and service at Geronimo’s and the awesome atmosphere and experience of spending the holiday evening with my wife JoAnn.
Pictured above from left to right:
Chocolate Martini & Cosmopolitan
Veal Consommé with Short Rib Dumpling
Four Corners Rack of Lamb with Polenta
Green Miso Sea Bass with Ramen
Risotto with Mushroom and Truffle
Toffee Creme Brulee
I have been a resident of Santa Fe twice in the last 20 years. My first visit was 35 years ago working with my rep who serviced government accounts. I would visit here often with my wife and we fell in love with the culture, history, people, art, landscape and food. We moved here permanently from San Diego in August. I have always had a passion for cooking and cuisine. My job allowed me to travel the world and entertain at fantastic restaurants. I started www.topcheftra