AN ODE TO A CRAB CAKE
THIS IS SIGNATURE JOHN SEDLAR – discs of perfect Dungeness crab cakes (CROQUETAS) take center stage on a charcoal dinner plate surrounded by dabs and ribbons of Chipotle aioli with paper thin disks of radish.
And if you eat with your eyes as well as your palate, then this is a sublime way to begin your evening at ELOISA, Chef John Rivera Sedlar’s restaurant at the Drury Plaza Hotel.
Sedlar is a world-renowned Executive Chef who recently closed his sleek L.A. restaurant – RIVERA – to return to his roots in Northern New Mexico to celebrate everything he learned from his grandmother Eloisa and to fuse her legacy with his own experiences as a contemporary Latin chef. He invited me to dinner and it was a treat.
Two amazing things are happening here – The glass dinner plate has a rendering of a family gathering, and the diminutive tacos are filled with – are you ready? – pastrami, sauerkraut, pickled serranos, and a slug of ballpark mustard!
I ordered the Squash Tamale with Red Chile, Pulled Pork and Goat Cheese. When it arrived it looked like this! Another of Chef Sedlar’s whimsical and delicious interpretations.
These very fresh and tender scallops – wrapped in shoestring potatoes – were amazing and the textural contrast between the creamy scallops and crunch of potato slivers was lovely.
Another delicious surprise offering at Eloisa is the O’Keeffe tasting menu – a five-course tribute to the tastes, colors and textures of this extraordinary New Mexican artist’s palate.
And great contemporary décor..
E L O I S A
228 E. Palace Avenue – Santa Fe
At the Drury Plaza Hotel
For more than forty years this vibrant, family-owned eatery has been making wonderful food memories. And those memories begin when you step through the door and are embraced by color, texture and art everywhere…
And whether you grab a table or a stool at the bar, it’s great people watching. The authentic food and atmosphere is a draw for locals, and the perfect place to bring out-of-town-guests.
Wonderful food…wonderful service.
905 Alarid St. – Santa Fe
C. Whitney-Ward is the Writer/Photographer of Sotheby’s SF Happenings.
She chronicles Santa Fe weekly on her award-winning,
photographic blog – Chasing Santa Fe