The change in scenery is so abrupt, it's almost like getting beamed up by Scotty. One moment, you're immersed in the earthy adobe of Santa Fe, the next, you're at Izanami, high in the verdant forests of what feels like Japan. This setting, and the spot-on culinary execution that chef Kiko Rodriguez and his team are known for, make Izanami an all-around favorite. The extensive sake list intrigues with zen-like names that translate to phrases such as "true mirror" and "wind of the woods," and the menu is traditional Japanese izakaya with some Southwest flair. Think elote ($8), Mexican corn salad, but with yuzu mayo and seven-spice shichimi togarashi. Those who come expecting sushi used to be sorely disappointed but recently, when fresh fish is available, it has been making an appearance on the menu as a special. In addition to other special experiences, like wagyu beef ishiyaki (starting at $24 depending on your choice of beef) where diners cook thin slices of premium meat on a hot stone, there's the omakase chef's choice tasting menu ($79), six courses featuring fresh fish of the day—ahi tuna sashimi, avocado and daikon roll and Chilean sea bass and veggie ramen in a ginger-lemongrass coconut broth.

21 Ten Thousand Waves Way #2, 982-9304
Lunch and dinner Wednesday-Monday; dinner only Tuesday
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