When my friend and I previewed the online menu for Julia, “a spirited restaurant and bar” at La Posada de Santa Fe, our mouths started watering and our anticipation built. There was a creative variety of dishes, with lots of seafood featured – our favorite.
But as the dishes began to pass beneath our forks, our expectations started to sag. As my friend so aptly put it, while we appreciated what the restaurant was trying to do with its menu, its execution was falling short. Nothing was bad, but neither did a savored mouthful ignite the closed-eyed “yum” of delight.
That really is a shame, because the space is wonderful. Flickering flames in a fireplace on one wall, tall windows looking out onto Palace Avenue on another, robust vigas and corbels lining the wooden ceiling, period chandeliers dangling. That’s just the dining room. Walk out into the hallways and brilliant colors burst forth from clusters of artworks. It’s a lovely spot, with a gracious patio during warmer weather.
Let’s talk about the food. The bread presented before the meal was cornbread in a mini-frying pan, served with agave butter. The cornbread was hearty and tasty, with green chile and bacon.