The Taos News - Dining Out : 2019-12-05

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The word means earthenwar­e pot in Japanese. Donabe The historic adobe with its thickly plastered adobe walls offers the perfect backdrop to present some of the oldest cuisine in the world. The wood floors add atmosphere to the restaurant that opens to two outdoor patios used for warmer weather dining and connect the restaurant to the Stables Gallery and Taos Center for the Arts. The space continues to evolve with gorgeous art on the walls. Just like the food ingredient­s the art is local, representi­ng prolific local artists from the collection of Gerken. Delicious tastes On a recent visit, the red curry was pleasantly spicy with complex layers of flavor. Like many of the dishes, it can be made gluten free using rice noodles. The spring rolls with shrimp were fresh and served with chile sauce for dipping. There are savory sandwiches like the tender pork loin (pork that come with fries and spicy sambal sauce. bánh mì) The staff is polite and profession­al; our bartender came by to see if the mojito made with sake and champagne was to our liking. Unique in the Taos food scene Since opening a year ago, Donabe has gained a reputation for offering local, creative Asian-inspired food. Everything is made to order using local ingredient­s from sources like Salazar Meats, Mendez and Copper Pot Farms. “Eleven years ago, I went shopping at the Taos Farmers Market for ingredient­s for the noodle stand,” says Thompson. “I tried the locally grown carrots and was blown away by how much better they tasted having been harvested fresh from a nearby farm. We started using local ingredient­s and the menu grew organicall­y.” That commitment to use local ingredient­s has blossomed at Donabe, and almost all of the food is made from scratch. The appetizers and meals often include a local twist, using not only Thai red chiles but also local green chiles and jalapeños from the farmers market. “That is what 65 TA O S M E N U S . C O M

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