Wildfish Seafood Grille (Scottsdale)
Took a recent trip back to Scottsdale and actually took a moment to write about some of the places that i went. Here is one posted with another to come. More info in the link, if you care.
We chose Wildfish to take our gracious host to as we had done the Eddie V’s thing and few times and enjoyed it and wanted to try the sibling. It is a nice room, a bit cramped as we found out, but it looks nice upon entering with a big bar in the middle and is entirely non-smoking. It looks less formal than Eddie V’s, but the prices don’t reflect it.
First Impressions: The menu is basically a carbon copy of Eddie V’s, so looking at it we knew what the expect. When our waiter came over he mentioned he was in the Management Training program and it was his first night on the floor, no net apparent either. He was having a rough go, but was very good with getting us whatever we needed and chatting. Unfortunately they were out of 2 of the specials, Wild King Salmon and the Bone-In Filet, but other things sounded interesting. Instead of going to Appetizers and so on, we just did Entrees with salads, sides and dessert. Plenty of food for 3 hungry people.
Salads: I had the Iceberg Wedge (small version), which was plenty big and had lots of blue cheese. The tomatoes weren’t the best, not surprisingly, but everything else was good. Apparently the Apple Salad is very popular, my wife got it and everyone said it was their favorite from the staff (waiter and expo). She liked it very much.
Wine: We had trouble choosing a wine, and despite 2 of us ordering fish, went with a red. Peter Lehmann 2003 GSM, which was excellent. It went very well with the meal and was very reasonably priced.
Entrees: I had the Sautéed New-Zealand Grouper with Jonah Crab and a Lemon-Chive Butter. It was very good and a big portion. The fish was nicely crusted and stacked filet upon filet with bits of crab on top and the sauce present, but not overpowering. I was very impressed with the preparation. My wife had the Lightly Smoked Atlantic Salmon, which was also very good. A tiny smoky flavor to it and a nice piece of fish, not too big either, nice and thick. Our other friend had a filet, which to my surprise was better than expected (I’m like Ribeye). It was cooked maybe slightly under, but was a beautiful piece of meat, which was to be expected.
Sides: Against our waiter’s recommendations we did three sides, as we’ve had them before and like them. Brabant potatoes were perfectly crispy with just the little bits of onions in the dish that make it good. Maybe a smaller portion than last time, but great. Truffled Macaroni & Cheese “Gratinata” was nice a creamy with shaved black truffles on top. I know they weren’t fresh truffles (for the cost alone), but they added a nice flavor of truffles to the dish without being overpowering. It had a nice crust on it from the oven and fit the bill for me. Finally Steamed Asparagus with Hollandaise. It was pretty much as expected, I think we’ve all had this before. The hollandaise was pretty bland.
Dessert: I was stuffed, but dessert was in order. Some of the desserts take about 15-20 minutes, so order early. We had the Hot Chocolate Godiva Cake, rich chocolate, but not too much with a bit of vanilla ice cream on the side. I only wanted a bite and it hit the spot for finishing the meal. Also, the Hot Apple & Cinnamon Cobbler was a hit. It went away amazingly fast for as much food as we had consumed.
Overall, I’d go back, and would like to hit the Happy Hour. I think the food is good and well prepared, although the room is a bit cramped (see below). Service was good, but not great. We all enjoyed it and similar to Eddie V’s, think that the place is a solid choice for a good meal that isn’t too crazy. I just hope when they make changes to the Roaring Fork, it stays the same.
One Note on the service: They sat a party of 20 next to us during the meal. They actually converted 2 tables into 1 huge one with the use of a large metal piece that fit on the table. It was pretty distracting and they didn’t seem to know what they were doing. Being about 2 feet away from the backside of various waiters for 15 minutes while they set-up was a bit disappointing for this type of place.
Thanks for the deeper overview.
I did a mini review about 2 weeks ago. We ate apps at the bar during happy hour. I noticed the place seemed smaller than one would have thought, but that's o.k. The staff were nice, abundant and quick.
I liked it and will return. It's tough to judge a new place, in a development still being built, next to a highly popular mall during the holidays.
There's a boatload of restaurant activity in that area... it'll be fun to watch.