This Month’s Featured Restaurant
by Jean Eisenhower
Tre Rosat (tray roh-saht) is Albanian for “three ducks,” referring to the original owners – long-time friends, brimming with passion for cooking since their childhoods.
Since they moved their restaurant to the newly-renovated, light-filled Bullard Street location, they’ve drawn steady crowds and rave reviews.
One popular menu item is the mediterranean lamb burger of ground lamb mixed with currants and spices, grilled to perfection and served on a light focaccia roll with red pepper relish, house-made remoulade, lettuce, tomato, onion, and house-made sweet potato chips. (Actually, every condiment except mayonnaise is made in house.)
A favorite dinner item is the thick-cut house-brined pork chop. Served in different variations, it is currently served with creamy garlic mashed potatoes, local kale, and swiss chard.
For dessert, their signature mouse cake, created by owner King Crowder, features a light fluffy chocolate cake with a layer of rich chocolate mousse, topped with chocolate ganache and raspberry “caviar.” The plate is decorated with raspberry coulee, crème anglaise and a sprinkle of freeze-dried raspberries.
Other items of note include egg rolls (a different recipe every few weeks), veggie burgers (house-made, of course, of garbanzo beans, beets, and grated vegetables), build-your-own pizzas and burgers, several crostinis, and their wildly-talked-about appetizer: bacon-wrapped dates!
The wine and beer list is an eclectic mix. Most wines are from California with a couple from Oregon and Spain. The restaurant also features wines from La Esperanza Winery in the lower Mimbres Valley. Their beers are also unique with selections ranging from light lagers to creamy stouts.
Tre Rosat purchases locally as much produce and meat as possible and has more delivered from a short distance to create seasonal daily specials. They also make their own pastas, do their own butchering, and cure their own locally-produced pancetta.
Tre Rosat has ten wooden tables with upholstered chairs, all comfortably spaced, plus seats at the dining counter facing the open kitchen.
The dining room is made bright by huge windows and, above them, the original, renovated transom windows, and above those, the building’s original pressed-tin ceiling. Around the walls is natural wood wainscoting with stucco above, where local art is displayed.
The original tile floor is comprised of tiny, uniquely-shaped, grey-and-white hexagons. The original front door is inset off the sidewalk with the original store name, Barker’s written in the tiles.
Dinners are priced from $12 to17 with market prices for pork chops and seafood.
Lunches range from $6 to $14.
Desserts are priced between $4 and $7.
Tre Rosat is open from 11 – 9 Monday through Friday and 5 – 9 on Saturday.
Reservations are recommended and are required for large parties. RSVP online at trerosat.com or call 575-654-4919.
Jean Eisenhower is an award-winning author and journalist who writes only on subjects she cares about – and fine restaurants in her community fit the bill! jeaneisenhower.com