Review Preview: Sanctuaria


This week I visit Sanctuaria, which opened in November in Forest Park Southeast's Grove neighborhood. The restaurant serves tapas -- or, by the restaurant's own definition, "wild" tapas -- with Chris Lee (Melange, Café Ventana) in charge of the kitchen.

  • Jennifer Silverberg
Follow me after the jump for a sneak preview of my review.

"We're fully booked," the hostess at Sanctuaria says, her smile an apology, her tone a mild corrective. You should have made a reservation. We scan the spacious, dimly lighted bar. The Winter Olympics play on flat-screen TV monitors, and the sunlight reflecting off the ski slopes casts a warm white glow over the crowded room. There are no seats here, either. Then, suddenly, a four-top readies to leave. We pounce, claiming the table even before the bartender can retrieve the previous diners' signed receipt.

It's the perfect storm of St. Louis dining: an unexpectedly temperate Saturday night in the midst of this relentlessly cold winter meets the high-pressure system of a new tapas bar.
How wild is the tapas? Visit the RFT restaurant page late tomorrow afternoon or check back here Wednesday morning to see what I think.