The Short Order

Pasatiempo - - AMUSE-BOUCHE -

Sit­u­ated on the busy cor­ner of West Alameda and Gal­is­teo streets, Res­tau­rant L’Olivier is one of Santa Fe’s best-kept se­crets. Owner Xavier Grenet is both a clas­si­cally trained French chef and a bona fide French per­son, and the whole vibe of his res­tau­rant has a dis­tinctly Gal­lic in­sou­ciance. The lunch menu of­fers a pleas­ant mix of clas­sic bistro fare and Amer­i­can­ish items, all rea­son­ably priced, while at din­ner, the menu trans­forms to high-end Fren­chish cui­sine with a bit of New Amer­i­can thrown in. Nearly ev­ery­thing is per­fectly ex­e­cuted, the fla­vors meld­ing where they should, the in­gre­di­ents han­dled with a mas­ter­ful, and never over­bear­ing, touch — the mark of truly fine French cook­ing. Rec­om­mended: Gaz­pa­cho, duck con­fit with lentils, mus­sels with frites, braised short ribs.

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