Adherents of the Slow Food Movement. Traditional Mediterranean & Mediterranean Fusion Cuisines. Casual Haute Cuisine in a Fine Dining setting. Largest ... More
Shevek & Co Restaurant
Adherents of the Slow Food Movement. Traditional Mediterranean & Mediterranean Fusion Cuisines. Casual Haute Cuisine in a Fine Dining setting. Largest Wine & Microbrew/ Import Beer Menu in SW New Mexico. Italian Espresso. Seasonal Menus. Local, sustainable, humanely raised meats & organic products. Every dish available in 3 sizes, so that you can build the meal you want- sharing is encouraged. Open Late weekends. WiFi hot spot. Patio dining in season. A Mediterranean vacation for the senses.
Supreme disappointment. Pretentious, precious and so average. Slow food movement is an understatement. 2 hours to be served is an insult. How about 20 minutes just to get our credit cards back? I once had a more prolonged meal, but it was nine courses of exquisite french cuisine. We were informed that 4 items on the menu were no longer available-oh no wait, make that 6, no really 8, no really it's just a coincidence that my first four choices weren't available in addition to the ones mentioned-how does a restaurant run out of salad? I settled for veal with saffron on a bed of vegetables. Instead I received a plate of tough, gristle laden mystery meat with no hint of saffron-it is one of my preferred accents-on a few slices of either white beets or parsnips. OK, not quite a plural bed but hardly worth a slam. Tasteless, tepid and raw whatever the root food was, is worth mentioning. So is the disturbing aftertaste that lingers two hours post dining. I would have sent it back if we ever saw the server again. My partner ordered a pasta dish with walnut pesto which consisted of essentially elbow macaroni with whole walnuts thrown on top. She ate two bites and decided to cut her losses there. These were only two of five disappointments in a party of six. We had one happy diner although her entree sized portion was not enough to begin to satisfy her hunger after the long wait. Service would be an abuse of the word. Never a water refill. We asked repeatedly for bread during our wait only to finally get some from another server we flagged down. Once our food was finally served we never saw our wait person until we finished dining. We asked for the tab to be split equally between the 3 couples and were scolded for not informing her at the beginning of the evening. Mind you, we were not asking for separate or split checks, just divide the total between 3 credit cards. When we asked whether this was a typical dining experience to be expected she excused the interminable wait as due to an issue with the dishwasher-not sure what that has to do with things unless they had a shortage of dinnerware. All this for $260; no cocktails and one bottle of screw top wine. Save your money, save your time and go to Diane's instead where we had a fine meal with polite, engaging service with our evening and dispositions intact. I'll go hungry or opt for fast food before ever setting foot inside Shevek's again.
We tried this place twice. First time was over 2 years ago for lunch. I ordered a monte cristo, it took 1 hour 45 minutes to get in and get out and there wasn't anyone else there. So we figured lets give them another shot. I really should have known better. As soon as we walked in, I would like to say we were greeted by a very rude host, but insulted is more suiting. I asked my fiancee if we should leave, she stated that we should give them a shot. The meals come in 3 different portions, I got the largest, and was still hungry. My beverage stayed empty. Even when the waitress say me drinking my fiancee's water, I was not offered a refill. Both our meals were sub standard. I consider myself a connoisseur of fine food, but I feel our time and money would have been better spent at the dollar menu of McD's.
Compared to most other dining establishments in Silver City, this one is a little on the pricey side. About $40-50 per person. That said, it is definitely worth it. The menu is primarily Mediterranean cuisine with dishes from Italy, Greece, Morocco and other countries of the region. They are delightfully prepared and served promptly and courteously. There are 3 sizes to choose from for each dish so that you can fill up on your favorite or get a full variety of different flavors by selecting many of the small servings. (I personally recommend the second option!)
Shevek Barnhart is a culinary artist, a cook who dances while he creates, a silver vein in an aging mining town turned artist haven. We traveled to Silver City, NM, to escape the standardized stress of the big city. We expected to dine on poor, unhealthy traditional foods. Shevek & Mi is in an old corner building on Main street. Only a food miner would recognize the wealth inside it’s crusty exterior. But first bite of their elegantly presented dinner fare told me that this restaurant was reason enough to travel to Silver City.
All food is ala cart, offered in two or three sizes and prices. That was our first clue that this place was well run. So I ordered all courses in small sizes, for a reasonable total cost and trial run. It was enough to fill me and allow me to leave feeling healthy, satisfied, and not engorged.
First .course was a delightful creamy golden pumpkin soup with a hint of cloves and sprinkling of chives. Then came the Spinach, Cabrales blue goat cheese, and Walnut Salad with aged sherry vinegar and walnut dressing. Main course was Scallops with figs and Capicola ham with herbs in sweet vermouth. My husband had grilled, herbed Feta cheese with grape leaves and French bread, followed by Beef tips Cabrales with caramelized onions in dilled sour cream. Finally the desert: Apple Butter Pumpkin pie that is reminiscent of the deeply rich pies grandma used to make and darkest chocolate orange brownies. Everything was extraordinary and it was with some effort that my husband restrained himself from licking his plate!
Beverage choices include more than a dozen organic teas, a rarity in restaurants. We sipped Snow Monkey Plum tea, as we sat in the Tuscan plastered warm orange and garnet decorated dining room. It warmed our hearts and palates on a snowy evening!
Last but not least, the service beat that in any restaurant we’ve been to in memory. It was gentle, loving, prompt and helpful. No need was unattended.
If you are traveling to New Mexico, don’t miss this place. It is a culinary art studio of its own unique kind.
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