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Le Chantilly Restaurant Review: Not even the Gallic classics are sacred in Albuquerque: at this longstanding bakery and café --- murals of fin-de-siècle Paris notwithstanding --- croissants are filled with carne adovada and quiche is studded with green chile. Nor are the twists merely New Mexican; check out the display of pantry staples imported from Eastern Europe and specials like French-onion stroganoff, for instance. Still, it’s the more traditional pastries we gravitate toward: vibrant lemon squares and almond-cheese strudel and delicate petit fours, as well as chocolate in myriad forms (stenciled on the wall is a saying that translates as “Chocolate is the flavor of a rich life”). The sandwiches on house-baked bread are tried-and-true, as are the deli salads --- we like both the tarragon-scented chicken and the sprightly combination of palm and artichoke hearts in lemon-dill dressing --- accompanied by a coffee and tea selection that's basic but fine by the crowd of ladies who lunch here nearly every day.