We’re prepared to be lambasted by the locals for exposing the relatively veiled, but absolutely sumptuous culinary scene of Scottsdale, Arizona. Ambitious and diverse, the menus of Scottsdale are capable of leaving even the most seasoned of food critics enlivened with anticipation. What’s more, with its array of steakhouses, sushi bars, grills, and seafood eateries, we can be sure that Scottsdale will satisfy even the most discerning of palates. Here’s a taste of what awaits…
If your palette seeks flavours that you might not associate with hearty American cuisine, Scottsdale’s versatile culinary scene can cater to your taste-buds. ShinBay is a sleek restaurant that specialises in contemporary Japanese cuisine, and their three, four, or five+ course menus are sure to take you on a tour of Japanese flavours and textures. Executive chef Shinji Kurita is a decorated and well respected chef in the Scottsdale area, if not the US at large, and his offerings of fresh sushi, grilled, deep-fried, and various steamed dishes are guaranteed to satisfy your appetite and indulge your curiosity. Be sure to try the exquisite grilled Nigerian tiger prawn and don’t forget to wash each dish down with a sip of warm sake.
Located in Old Town, Scottsdale, Café Monarch presents its diners with the opportunity to enjoy a ravishing four course, prixe-fixe menu that changes nearly every week. Previous menus often include prime beef and poultry cuts, ingeniously garnished, as well as sublime seafood dishes (Citrus crusted Salmon anyone?) and various appetizer and desert choices. Under the direction of respected head chef Branden Levine, Café Monarch may have a menu that often changes, but you can be certain that the quality of your eats will never waver. Café Monarch also happens to be the perfect destination for those seeking an elegant, or even a romantic dining experience; its softly lit courtyard, complete with fountains and carefully managed flora, is a beautiful and intimate environment.
The Capital Grille
The Capital Grille is most certainly up there when it comes to a list of must-visit steakhouses in Scottsdale. Sophistication is clearly the aim from the outset, and the meticulous and refined décor reflects a menu that displays a similar attention to detail. Head chef Jim Nuetzi demands excellence in all stages of cooking, a philosophy that encompasses both the mouth-watering steaks and fresh seafood that’s on offer. Each steak is carefully hand-trimmed and dry-aged to ensure maximum quality and unrivalled flavour, whilst the seafood is similarly pored over and prepared before cooking. The grille also boasts an award-winning wine list to match the first-rate food, as well as a spacious patio where you can enjoy a taste of evening al-fresco dining. By the way, the Gorgonzola and Truffle encrusted dry aged NY strip is as extravagant and delicious as it sounds.
Lon’s at the Hermosa
Inspired by Arizona’s rich and colourful Cowboy History, Lon’s at the Hermosa is simultaneously a glimpse back at this past, but also a thoroughly modern and luxurious dining experience. Executive chef James Ducas has delicately crafted a menu that showcases ‘Artful American Cuisine’. Expect expertly cooked and seasoned meats, (including pork, beef steaks, and duck) each with a bold and flavourful glaze (our favourite being the Jalapeño and cranberry). Lon’s also prides itself on the so called ‘farm-to-table’ philosophy, meaning that all ingredients are organic and ecologically sourced from local and trusted suppliers. This is classic southern hospitality coupled with an artful and modern menu.