Linda & Chef Claus Hjortkjaer

Linda  & Chef Claus Hjortkjaer

Linda  & Chef Claus Hjortkjaer

Le Café Miche was a hugely popular, highly acclaimed and awarded French country cuisine in the NE Heights that closed 5 years ago. Linda & Claus Hjortkjaer have the good fortune of giving it a second chance in downtown Albuquerque.

Come to the new Le Café Miche and experience the same high level of food, wine and atmosphere you had before . . . even better! Whether it is a casual lunch or a special occasion, you will love the ambience of our new location.

Le Café Miche Accolades:

  • Chef of the Year 2004 by the NM Restaurant Association
  • Created wine lists that won the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence eight years in a row
  • Rated best French restaurant in New Mexico by Zagat Survey of Southwestern Restaurants 10 years running
  • Won Alibi  CHOICE awards for "Best French Restaurant", "Best Wine List", "Best Restaurant To Impress Your Dinner Companion” and more
  • Earned a four-star rating by the Albuquerque Journal
  • Favorable reviews by Local Flavor, Albuquerque the Magazine, Local IQ, ABQ the Bite and other local media.


  • Founder and first Bailli of the Albuquerque chapter of La Chaine des Rotisseurs
  • Hosted a local TV cooking show
  • Hosted a 30-minute radio show on food, wine and the state’s restaurant scene
  • Produced and hosted a three-hour telecast featuring top chefs as a fund-raiser for KNME public television.
  • Guest chef aboard the six-star Regency cruise ship S.S. Voyager for three years
  • Host and chef on the three masted schooner Arabella during a British Virgin Islands food and wine cruise held as a special promotion for our restaurant customers.
  • Honor graduate of the Culinary Institute of Denmark, a six-year traditional European chef and waiter apprenticeship program