Lambert’s of Taos is located on 123 Bend Street just a few yards west of El Paseo del Pueblo Norte. The restaurant occupies the home the Oakley family built in 1903. It was the home of the Apple Tree Restaurant for over 25 years.The rooms in the restaurant are ample, cozy and elegant.The patio is shaded by the apple tree.The upstairs houses the Treehouse Bar and Lounge with treetop views, the perfect spot for evening cocktails.The food is excellent and the service impeccable.
We selected/shared the Semolina Dusted Calamari, served with chipotle aioli and tomato salsa. The calamari was delicately dusted with Semolina and cooked to perfection. The sauces were the perfect accompaniment to the Calamari. I had the Local Organic Mixed Greens served with thin slices of cucumber, avocado, fresh mozzarella, pine nuts, and tossed with delightful tomato-basil vinaigrette. The greens were flavorful and crisp. My partner had the New Mexican Green Chile Stew. I tasted it, and it was truly one of the best I have had. It was a bit spicy for me; but the flavor made my taste buds dance. My main course was one of the specials. Grilled Salmon served on a bed of polenta and accompanied by a mango salsa. The Salmon was succulent and cooked to perfection. The mango salsa was the perfect paring with the Salmon. My partner had the Halibut served on a bed of wild mushrooms fettuccine. I tasted some of wild mushroom fettuccini. I could have had a bowl of it for my main course. It was creamy and you could taste the freshness of the mushrooms. The Halibut was flaky and cooked to perfection.
We topped the meal by sharing the fruit cobbler of the day, peaches and blueberry, served with homemade vanilla ice cream. The peaches were firmed and the blueberries were juicy. They were perfectly sweetened.The crust was light and crispy…and the ice cream, just like my Nana used to make it on summer days. I must also mention that they brew a mean coffee.
If you visit Taos; you must dine a Lambert’s of Taos. It is one of the best culinary experiences in Southwest.
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