Sea Saw - Scottsdale [Split from: PIZZERIA BIANCO]
[This discussion was split off from the thread on Pizzeria Bianco located at http://www.chowhound.com/topics/390160 - The Chowhound Team]
jk, as far as devition to perfecting one's culinary craft, what do you think of sea saw? i think nobu-san is amazing. another very small place...
re: JK Grence the Cosmic Jester
it gets crazy. we so have no business going there financially but it is incredible. the first few times we went (about once a quarter), we did the regular omakase and a nice bottle of saki and got out for $300-$350 for 2 of us. after nobu gets comfortable with you, he starts breaking out the special stuff. the last 2 times he went extra nuts and we were well over $400 for 2 with no alcohol.
at first i was kind of shocked and put off. i thought back to matsuhisa, nobu, sushi sasabune, etc. and how those places are known and those meals were so incredible. and this is phoenix too! and those meals were also cheaper! and sea saw's menu is static!
after a couple more nobu visits in lv that weren't as stellar (i now know to try okada) and some more super stellar sea saw, it all kind of settled. imo, sea saw is objectively the equal or better of those places regardless of where it is located - it's not just a "phoenix" version.
i think it is fair value. imo, he's definitely the man and deserves all the accolades he's getting and the $$ he charges. and it doesn't matter that this is phoenix. plus when you're doing the nobu special stuff & not the regular omakase, the menu's not static either. plus it's him, not one of the many he's trained. then he goes & gets another beard nomination too!
while it's one of the two if not the very best we've had in az, we just can't spend the $$. we're backing off to maybe once every one or two years for a mega-splurge. especially when you can go crazy at binkley's for half that. hopefully he'll do the summer $50 mini-omakase specials too.
ate at sea saw last friday night - eating at the counter was the greatest experience. it truly would not have been as enjoyable if we were seated in the small tables against the wall or windows, since the food is so intricate, we just wanted to know everything... the sous was fantastic about answering all our questions (and there were a ton), the food was so unique - grapefruit with ponzu... yum. yes the $$ is difficult to part with (especially at $20 for a glass of rose'). but well worth the adventure. chef nobuo served omakase to the group next to us - it was such a wonderfully intimate, interactive setting for some fantastic food.
Sea Saw is offering a Summer 4 course tasting menu Sunday thru Wednesday for $40 with wine pairing $50 (total )
McClendon's Watermelon Goat Cheese Salad
slow poached Jidori egg, dried scallop and shrimp sauce, Chinese long beans and sesame and green onion foccacia
Soft Shell Crab
rice noodle salad
Warm Duck Salad
mix of McClendon micro greens, orange tamarind sauce
The courses may change a bit, while they are testing out dishes for their upcoming new offshoot Shell Shock. Needless to say, $50 tasting menu with wine pairings at Sea Saw is one HELLUVA deal.