Fresh Flavorful and Healthy Embodies the Food at El Monte Segrado
At El Monte Segrado‘s award-winning dining venues, fresh flavorful and healthy meals combine with fine art for inspiring dining. Executive Chef Christina Martinez took over the helm this year and introduced a new menu focusing on fresher, healthier options. Sourcing ingredients from local growers she also oversees a garden on the El Monte Segrado grounds. Graduating from Le Cordon Bleu in California, Christina brings inspiration to her table from numerous cuisines like Asian, European and French. With the resorts diverse cultural influences, she feels these varied cuisines along with New Mexico flavors, fit right in to what guests expect. Chef presides over menus at De La Tierra restaurant, the Anaconda Bar and the Spa & catering services. The menu also offers a variety of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options to suit many dietary needs.
De La Tierra serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. They also offer a Sunday Brunch from 7am to 2pm. You have a choice of eating in the casual Gardens room which has an abundance of plants and sunlight filling it for a more al fresco feel. Or you can dine in the more formal dining area giving an elegant touch to your meal. My favorite room for dining however was the wine room with a smaller more intimate feel. It’s a great place for a family gathering, girlfriends get-away, or several couples.
I, along with my traveling companions, had the pleasure of dining at breakfast one morning before my day’s journey began. The breakfasts here are filled with fresh fruits, grains and a good supply of proteins to fuel you through to your next meal. In fact, our breakfast kept us going until dinner that night.
My choice was the Avocado Toast, one of my favorite ways to start the day. Rye bread topped with fresh tomatoes, avocado slices, pecorina romano and a poached egg was then topped with fresh basil to lift the fog and drizzled with EVOO and black pepper. Served with fresh fruit, it was not too heavy and very filling.
My traveling companions settled on some other interesting items.
Create your own omlette made with 3 eggs with a choice of breakfast meat, favorite cheese and a choice of veges; tomatoes, onions, chopped green chile, spinach, peppers, squash or mushrooms. Served with toast or English muffin, it was an ample dish.
American Breakfast with 2 eggs your style, a choice of breakfast meat, fried potatoes and toast. Always a safe bet when trying to decide.
Wild Pancakes which consisted of 3 big blue corn pancakes served with nuts, pecan butter, dried fruit and real maple syrup. Very tasty indeed and a very filling meal.
We all had some smooth, robust illy coffee to further help us wake up and get ready for an adventurous day.
When dining at De La Tierra, there are a couple of interesting features you should take note of:
- The chandelier was created by Will Wilkins. David Sargert designed it as a tribute to the upper Rose Window (West Facade) of the Cathedral at Reims in France.
- The dining tables are Absolute black granite from India with mahogany bases.
The Anaconda Bar was where we headed at the end of the day. This quaint watering hole was busy but not too noisy. I found it a great place to get a before dinner cocktail or an after dinner coffee and dessert. There is an enormous anaconda sculpture slithering across the ceiling but it has no head or tail. I was told that was because this snake is eating its tail, a symbol of eternity. It is a very impressive sculpture. The bathrooms at the bar were also the talk of the bar, and for good reason. (See points below.) There is also a learning curve for washing your hands (I won’t give away the secret).
A few things you should note about the bathrooms (be sure to visit them)!
- The sink backsplashes are a fossil mural made from 50 million year-old limestone from Lincoln County, Wyoming. They were collected according to American Assn of Paleontological Suppliers’ guidelines.
- The wood on the walls is cork from Portugal, “sapelli” mahogany, oxidized copper, and slate from Colorado.
**Full Disclosure: We received breakfast in exchange for my review. But not to worry, all opinions are 100% mine.
De La Tierra Restaurant Hours:
- Breakfast: 7am – 11am
- Lunch: 11am – 2pm
- Dinner: 5pm – 9pm (Sunday-Thursday) open until 10pm Friday-Saturday
- Sunday Brunch: 7 am – 2 pm
Anaconda Bar Hours:
- Open Daily from 2 p.m., with food service until 10 p.m.
- Happy Hour Monday- Friday 4-6 p.m.
- Complimentary valet parking is available for guests of Anaconda Bar
Happy Hour Menu
- Spicy Chicken Wings ($8)
- Cured Salmon ($8)
- Bison Tacos ($8)
- Frito Pie ($8)
- Well Drinks ($5)
- Draft Beer ($5)
- Mojito ($6)
- Sangria ($5)
- House Red & White Wine ($5)
EL MONTE SAGRADO, TAOS, NEW MEXICO (NM)
317 KIT CARSON ROAD, TAOS, NEW MEXICO