Monday, August 16, 2010

Lucia's Unique Vegetarian Menus in New Mexico

Lucia at the Hotel Andaluz, Albuquerque’s only Four-Star Boutique Hotel and Restaurant, is offering some of the best – and most diverse -- dining options in the Southwest. Thanks to customer input and a cutting edge approach to cuisine, Lucia offers the widest variety of vegetarian and vegan dishes in the region every day.

“We really are the only restaurant in town with an elegant food presentation of vegetarian and vegan dishes to choose from every day, “ said Christopher Castro, sous chef at Lucia. “We really mix it up for our guest’s everyday of the week. Our vegetarian dishes are just as enticing and flavorful as those that offer an animal protein as their focus and even more healthy for you.”

Castro said customer input led to the idea of providing daily vegetarian and vegan meal selections. Also pushing the concept along was Hotel Andaluz owner Gary Goodman who sticks to a strict vegetarian diet.

“One of our favorite dishes is also a favorite of Mr. Goodman,” Castro said. “People love the pistachio crusted tofu with carrot ginger mash potatoes, sautéed haricot vert, cranberry port reduction and garnished with crispy wontons. That and the marinated Portobello filet with buttered spinach have been big hits with our customers.”

Castro stated that many vegetarian items on the menu could easily be made to order for a strict vegan. Before committing to their new menu options, Castro said the restaurant tested the new menu with our guests to insure each is truly pleasing to the palate.

“We considered a variety of factors,” Castro said. "How well an item sold told us something but using “our guest comments on how well they liked what we prepared was what ultimately what makes this menu a success.”

For more information on Lucia restaurant or Hotel Andaluz, please go to or call (505) 923-9080.

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