We met some friends at the Teahouse on Canyon Road in Santa Fe. Canyon Road is one of my favorite places to visit in town. When I was a tourist, this is one of the places I would always go visit. The Teahouse has been around for awhile, but it has only been in the past couple of years that it has started serving dinner.
I was certainly glad that our friends had picked this restaurant. The food was exceptional! The weather was nice enough to sit outside and enjoy our meal.
My better half had the Eggplant Parmigiana that was gluten free. I hate eggplant. I avoid this vegetable at all costs. I have tasted Eggplant Parmigiana that has been fried to pieces. It wasn’t a pretty sight and it tasted like grease. This dish was the exact opposite to any prior Eggplant Parmigiana, I have ever tasted before. It didn’t taste like eggplant to me. It tasted like a beautiful roasted vegetable that had a slight crunch to it. I was amazed that it was eggplant.
I had the Polenta Catalan which was also gluten free. The polenta had roasted vegetables in a Romesco Sauce. I had no idea what a Romesco Sauce was. I haven’t been to Catalonia, Spain yet. According to Wikipedia” a Romensco is a tomtato-based sauce. It is typically made from any mixture of roasted tomatoes, toasted almonds, pine nuts/and or hazelnuts, olive or sunflower oil, bitxo peppers and or/ nyora peppers.”
But to me the star of this recipe was the perfectly cooked green beans. The green beans were the incredibly beautiful green that only a perfectly cooked green bean has. I can’t describe it any other way. They were perfection on a plate. Wow! These beans tasted as good as they looked. The green beans still had enough snap to make anyone happy. I really love a crunchy vegetable. They were incredible to eat! I also and a small side salad that was beautiful and delicious to eat. Yes, I do, indeed eat with my eye. I loved this meal. I would go back. I would even taste the Egg Plant Parmigiana. I’m not sure I would order it but it sure was delicious. Our friends had the dinner salad and the brisket. The brisket had an interesting presentation. The brisket was covered with sauce.
Now that the weather is getting better, I would highly recommend eating outside at The Teahouse it will be a wonderful experience.