Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Aqua Reef Las Cruces' Hidden Gem

Aqua Reef - EuroAsian Cuisine is Las Cruces' Hidden Gem

       You wouldn't guess by the understated exterior that a fine dining experience awaits the special needs diner (non special need diners as well) but I assure you, you'll be blown away. 

      Aqua Reef features Euro Asian cuisine offered in an east meets west theme. From the elegant floating boat sushi bar to the intimate dining room, the unique and warm ambiance will keep this gluten free explorer coming back. 

      Let me tell you about the AMAZING 100% GLUTEN FREE MEAL I shared with my husband this past weekend. We started out our meal with hot sake for him and Moscato for moi. 

     For our appetizer we shared a Baja roll (shrimp, avocado, cucumber, and sesame seeds wrapped in rice and nori) and a smoked salmon and mango roll (smoked salmon, mango, cream cheese, and scallions wrapped in rice and nori) served complete with pickled ginger, wasabi, and gluten free soy sauce.

     For our entrees, he had rice paper salmon (pan seared salmon wrapped in rice paper with cilantro, pesto, and spices) and I enjoyed green tea curry chicken (Chicken and vegetables in a coconut green tea sauce with jasmine rice).

     I can tell you that I really did not want to stop eating that curry, the sauce has such a depth of flavor that kept me saying mmm.  However, I knew if I ate all of my curry I wouldn't have room for dessert and nothing was going to keep me from  the kahlua chocolate mousse (a delectable pillow of chocolate mousse that has been infused with rich kahlua and topped with fresh whipped cream served in a spectacular smoke and ice display. 

       I will be completely honest and say when I saw that mousse heading to our table, I did not want to share any of it with my Mr. Being the loving life partner I am,  I did share nicely. As long as I am being honest I will also let you know that I had quite an inner struggle going on when we reached the end of the mousse. I really wanted to lick that bowl clean. I managed to rein myself in and be content with making sure I  got all of it off of my spoon and okay maybe I trailed my finger along in the bowl a little bit.

      It was a great experience. The food was truly wonderful, the service was attentive, and the prices we very fair. It is this explorer's opinion that Aqua Reef has set the bar pretty high Las Cruces, New Mexico.

Suite B
900 South Telshor Boulevard, Las Cruces, NM 88011
(575) 522-7333

Open Mon-Thu,Sun 11am-9pm; Fri-Sat 11am-10pm


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