An evening in Santa Fe – Tomme a restaurant

Bar at Tomme Restaurant in Santa FeThe weather is turning colder yet in climately mild Santa Fe, New Mexico you can still stroll the streets in the evening, do a bit of window shopping and, when you get chilled, stop in for a world-class meal at a downtown restaurant.

Tomme a Restaurant
It was during such an evening that I was introduced to a new restaurant in Santa Fe. The proprietor was not new to Santa Fe and neither was the building.  ”Max” also manages her namesake, Max’s,  on South Guadalupe and they share the wizardry of Executive Chef, Mark Connell.  Yet Tomme certainly felt like a completely new addition to the downtown Santa Fe scene.

Housed in an ideal corner location on 229 Galisteo Street at West Alameda, Tomme offers both indoor and outdoor dining. But it was chilly that night and I enjoyed the warmth and minimalist decor of the new Tomme. Awaiting my friends, I had a lovely glass of Malbec at their sleek bar and enjoyed the scenery through the immense windows.Seating at Tomme Restaurant

The decor, in winter grey tones with a light wood floor, took me back to the restaurants of Portland’s Pearl District. Trendy, edgy and cool. I was enjoying this place. The wait staff added warmth to the open room as we chatted about the wonders of the Santa Fe weather.

My friends arrived and we were seated in a windowed corner. Immediately, a lovely light amuse bouche arrived. Fluffy with a hint of citrus.

Croquette Appetizer

Croquette Appetizer - Jamon Serrano, piquillo peppers, smoked pimenton

We enjoyed perusing the menu. It wasn’t a huge menu but had all the offerings you might want – fish, steak, vegetarian and… even fried chicken. That challenged our mental creativity. How could Chef Mark Connell turn fried chicken into bistro fare? With the help of the wait staff we chose three appetizers to share and selected the entrees – fried chicken for two of us and pan seared Alaskan cod for the third, who obviously wasn’t as much in need of comfort food on this fall evening as we were!

Amazing Dining

Not having had the opportunity to dine at Max’s, a rather pricey restaurant, I was totally surprised at the creativity of the dishes that were paraded to our table. As far as appetizers went, the delectable “Pozole,” with braised pork shoulder, hominy souffle (a hominy souffle?) served in a New Mexico chile sauce with cilantro won our accolades for the night. We enjoyed all the chosen appetizers and thought that it would be fun to explore the tastes of others at a future visit.

Pozole Appetizer

Pozole Appetizer

Now for the fried chicken. It wasn’t any Colonel Sanders fare, that’s for sure!  The crisp and tasty breading lightly covered the moist chicken which was carefully served over a sweet corn puree. It was accompanied by bacon braised greens and a whipped potato croquette. Excellent and tasty. And our friend’s cod was a special dish as well! We enjoyed in-house baked sourdough rolls and herbed butter with the meals.

Fried Chicken at Tomme

Fried Chicken at Tomme - Please note this is a half portion. We split an entree!

We found the food to be creative, edgy and just plain good to eat. And the prices – the chicken entree was $16 and the Pozole appetizer was $9, made for a reasonably priced evening. Add to that, a nice little wine list with affordable wines by the glass, and you know we will return for more!

I wondered how it would be to sit there and watch a light snow out of those windows. I vowed to return in a few months to see for myself. It was a mild evening as I walked through the streets after dinner. The shop windows were enticing and music spilled from the bars and hotels. A visit to Santa Fe deserves a downtown hotel. You can explore the shops, the Plaza and dine at such wonderful places as Tomme, all within walking distance!

Cod Entree at Tomme

Cod Entree at Tomme

More Information

Top Historic Hotels in Santa Fe

Tomme - website with menus

Open Table Reservations for Tomme

Photo Credit: Elizabeth R. Rose

Note:  As is common in the travel industry, the writer was provided with a complimentary meal for the purpose of review. While it has not influenced this review, the writer believes in full disclosure of all potential conflicts of interest.

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  1. We were the writers dining companions for this extraordinary dinner. The food was wonderful and we’ll be going back, too. Tomme offers delicious and affordable fare. You can go out to an upscale feeling dinner without the sticker-shock.

  2. You are always so up to date with what’s going on, Liz! I will try Tomme before you come back, so we can try another new watering hole together! I wish you a very interesting trip to Navajoland.

  3. Jodie Jacobs says:

    Would love to revisit the town and try this restaurant. Sounds wonderful.

  4. It’s great getting these reviews. Believe me, I’ll be refering to your reviews when I go to Santa Fe.

  5. K Porsch says:

    Last tuesay night my friend and I went for the first time to tomme Restaurant. It was going to be our last time, sadly.
    Since it was after 8:30 pm we only wanted to eat very light and share the wonderful sounding salad with sturgeon, accompanied by a glass of red wine for each of us.
    After we had placed our orders, the employee who hadhreeted and seated us, approached the table.
    She said that we both appeared somewhat inebriated and in order for her to serve us the glass of wine. we had to order both an entree. We had never heard such a thing. My friend replied half amused that we hadhad each a glass of wine sometime ago at home, but we were hardly to be put into the category of being drunk. The woman howler said this was non- negotiable. So either we ordr entered or no alcohol could be served.
    I intervened that I was not very hungry and so my friend settled with your employee on an entree for himself.
    Needless to say, I felt very much like leaving but since the food was ordered an my companion rattled but resolved about the issue for now, I stayed. My friend finished his entree and after we paid, I called the employee over to our table, expressing my severe displeasure at her treatment of us. We had come in quietly and non of us had any signs of drunkenness. We could only surmise that our order was too small.
    Another couple sat nearby. The woman had witnessed the strange exchange and upon our leaving volunteered to say, laughingly, this was the most ridiculous thing she has ever heard.
    We feel abused and won’t be coming back.I am telling my friends and clients about this experience and everybody is aghast with disbelief.

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