With its turquoise-colored wooden facade and sinuous art nouveau lettering, Le Troquet looks as if it dropped into Downtown Albuquerque from another place and time.
The anachronisms extend to the cramped dining room, where the floor is covered in miniature hexagonal tiles and a wooden bar straight out of a Toulouse-Lautrec painting stands heavily in the back.
The restaurant, named for the French word for bistro, opened in 2015 at the southeast corner of Gold and Third, a location that previously hosted two other French restaurants: Le Café Miche and P’tit Louis Bistro. It offers a wide-ranging yet compact dinner menu, with only seven entrees and a few specials. Prices are more fine dining than bistro – several dishes are over $35.