Top 10 Seafood Dishes From Metro Phoenix
We are in the Sonoran Desert, hundreds of miles from the nearest pier. But you can confidently drop your line if you’re looking to snag one of these sea-worthy dishes.
10. Mussels — Voila
Chef George Venezia, originally from the south of France, is a whisperer of mussels. He finds tender, plump bivalves and floats them in an exceptional range of broths. Try them flambéed with pastis, an anise-flavored spirit; topped with Roquefort; or steamed the old fashioned way with wine, garlic and shallots.
Details: Mercado at Scottsdale Ranch, 10135 E. Via Linda. 480-614-5600, voilabistroaz.com.
9. Butterflyfish tataki — Roka Akor
Take a silky piece of butterfish, sear it briefly around the edges, pair it with white asparagus and add a few drops of lemon yuzu. What do you have? You have taste and texture in an exquisite Japanese balance.
Details: 7299 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. 480-306-8800, rokaakor.com.
8. Seven Seas Stew – San Carlos Bay
This hearty one-bowl meal swims with octopus, shrimp, crab, squid, fish and shellfish, plus chunks of vegetables. And the robust tomato broth soaks up all those briny flavors.
Details: 1901 E. McDowell Road, Phoenix. 602-340-0892.
7. Bouillabaisse — Razz’s Restaurant and Catering
Razz Kamnitzer draws on its Venezuelan roots to reinvent this traditional Mediterranean seafood stew: a mixture of shrimp, clams, mussels, fish and vegetables in a heady tomato broth with accents of chili.
Details: 10315 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. 480-905-1308, razzsrestaurant.com.
6. Ceviche — Mi Comida Restaurant Latino
Rosa Rosas delivers an irresistible taste of her Ecuadorian homeland with her Ecuatoriano ceviche blend. The fish is cod, “cooked” with tomato and red onion and topped off with grilled corn.
Details: 4221 W. Bell Road, Phoenix. 602-548-7900.
5. Almejas al Vapor — The Mission
Before diving into this Peruvian-style seafood stew, take a moment to inhale its intoxicating aromas. Now you’re ready to savor the fragrant mix of steamed clams, rock prawns and chorizo, accented with aji amarillo pepper.
Details: 3815 N. Brown Ave., Scottsdale. 480-636-5005, themissionaz.com.
4. Sole Grenoble — J&G Steakhouse
This classic dish starts with real Dover sole, a delicate and superbly mild species. Then it is processed in the classic way, coated in a heady sauce that combines butter, lemon, capers and parsley.
Details: The Phoenician, 6000 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix. 602-214-8000, jgsteakhouse.com.
3. Confit tuna risotto — Crudo
Chef Cullen Campbell’s signature dish is as succulent as it is original. The risotto darkened with squid ink, tickled with chilli, is embellished with a fondant fondant of tuna confit, simmered in olive oil.
Details: Gaslight Square Mall, 3603 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. 602-358-8666, crudoaz.com.
2. Cocktail Campechana — Mariscos Playa Hermosa
Your body is in downtown Phoenix, but your mind is on the Mexican coast. That’s because a spoonful of this zesty seafood cocktail — filled with oysters, shrimp, octopus and squid — transports you south of the border.
Details: 1605 E. Garfield St., Phoenix. 602-462-1563, mariscosplayahermosa.com.
1. Grilled octopus — Virtù
This stunner features wild-caught Spanish octopus, which is the best in the world. It’s tender and meaty and here it’s grilled to a smoky char and nicely adorned with fennel, lemon chickpeas, arugula and Calabrian chili butter.
Details: Bespoke Inn, 3701 N. Marshall Way, Scottsdale. 480-946-3477, virtuscottsdale.com.