Thursday, March 22, 2012

Fine Dining at the Bar {Forque at the Albuquerque Hyatt}

I've stayed at the Albuquerque Hyatt many times over the years and they've always had a good menu in their old restaurant/bar, McGrath's, but their transition to Forque has definitely kicked it up a notch. Since I was alone waiting for my friend, Amy, I decided to wait at the bar and it had a great atmosphere, busy but not crazy. Service was attentive, friendly and downright funny! And MOST importantly the food and drinks were phenominal.....
I started with a dirty Martini... which I enjoyed with the seared Ahi with pickled cucumbers and red onions over a smear of chimayo remoulade with fresh cilantro, it was outrageous,  I could've eaten a couple of those and called it a day but I'm glad we stuck around and tried their Chili marinated Shrimp Flat bread with Pesto Basil & Oaxaca Cheese which I enjoyed with a lovely 2009 Pascual Toso Malbec.  It was A.  May.  Zing. While Amy and I were relishing our appetizers our new friend, Photographer, Gil Potts, was enjoying {& let me photograph and sample} the Steak & Eggs served with Green Chili Tater Tots and Chipolte Ketchup... OMGoodness.  Literally.  We had no need for dessert but it sure sounded lovely. Great finer dining option in Albuquerque even at the bar :) Thank you MaryBeth, Haley & Vicki for a lovely evening!
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