Sandiago’s Mexican Grill

For New Year’s Eve – I had envisioned having dinner somewhere with a view.  And sharing champagne with Derek, celebrating our big change and move to Albuquerque.  So – for dinner, we headed to Sandiago’s Mexican Grill, the restaurant at the base of the Sandia Peak Tram.

Advertised as having the best views in Albuquerque – Sandiago’s didn’t disappoint on that front.  My iphone doesn’t do this justice – but I took a quick snap from the parking lot:

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We were lucky enough to get window seats as well, so we could enjoy the twinkling lights all throughout dinner.  Being New Year’s Eve – Sandiago’s was hopping.  The atmosphere was pretty casual and the restaurant was on the loud side.  The hostess seemed sort of frantic, so I think it was a busy night.

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Chips were thick and crisp – and they brought two salsas.  One was fairly liquid and had a slightly smoky taste – ok, but not my favorite.  The other was like a pico de gallo – this had a wonderful zesty flavor with a bit of a kick.  Delicious.  We asked her to bring a small serving of guacamole to the table – and that was ok.  I thought the guacamole lacked flavor and was fairly indistinct.

For dinner – I ordered the Plantain Wrapped Sea-bass.

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The fish was light and flaky, and the plantains added a nice crunch.  It was served on top of cilantro rice with some sauteed vegetables.  It was decent, but it didn’t wow me.  I thought the flavors lacked depth and nuance.  Sort of one note.

Derek ordered the surf and turf special:  a 12 oz steak with a seafood enchilada.

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We both expected the enchilada to be next to the steak, not on top of it!  The meal was huge and Derek brought home leftovers.  For me, the dish looked pretty heavy.  Derek enjoyed it, he said that the steak was prepared well and that the dish was tasty – but he also liked the food at El Patron better.

After we finished dinner, we headed home – watched Monsters University and then had dessert and champagne (yes, we popped the cork before midnight).  We had bought a cranberry pear crostada from Whole Foods for our New Year’s Eve celebration and paired it with a Blanc de Noir from Gruet (New Mexico Sparkling Wine).  We celebrated 2013 and welcomed 2014 – we are both very much looking forward to new adventures in 2014!

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