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Jan 13, 2010 06:25 PM

POSH Scottsdale - ugh, what an expensive disappointment

We finally made it to Posh this past Saturday night and what a disappointment to say the least.

There were three of us there, ordered 5 course tastings and there was not one totally successful dish out of the 15 in total. There were some good parts to some of the dishes but nothing even came close to a WOW.

Calling it improvisational is also a stretch. You fill out a form with a bunch of proteins listed, check what you don't want, circle what you really really want and then list anything else you prefer not to have in the dish, i.e. a spice or veggie you don't like. To me it was just more like mystery dining, nothing was made special for me as lots of other diners had the exact same dishes.

Service was okay, should have been better for the cost. I think our waiter tired of us by the end of the meal anyway, vibes of disappointment coming from the table.

The only thing that was awesome was the vodka the waiter suggested which I believe was called Russian Standard, very smooth indeed.

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  1. There's been a few more positvie reviews than yours but none really glowing enough to make me try it so far. Your review pushes me a little further away.

    I think maybe I'm just too much of a control freak to tick a few boxes and hope for the best.

    1. Interesting. We had a great meal there. We actually did the large tasting - was our anniversary. Think we had 15 or 16 courses without a miss. The wild boar bacon (cooked for 24 hrs in duck fat I think) was unbelievable. We also thought their bruleed foie gras preparation was wonderful. I need to do a write up on it but just thought I'd chime in.

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      1. re: ccl1111

        I completely agree with your sentiments. I was there on Thursday night and the Wild Boar Bacon with Grilled Pineapple and Shaved Horseradish was absolutely ridiculous ... in a good way! So incredibly tasty!

        I also agree with the brulee on the foie preparation. I had never heard of it being done that way but it totally makes sense and what a texture roller coaster. Very creative and expertly prepared. A picture of that dish is now the wallpaper on my phone!

        POSH was a great experience for me ... a couple other things that I thoroughly enjoyed were 1.) the Red Curry Mint Julep .... so refreshingly different. The red curry was just noticed enough to add to the cocktail and give it a little bit of heat. Very well done. 2.) the Quail stuffed with Shriner's Duck Sausage ... WOW! I could eat 30 of those in a sitting, I think.

        All in all I enjoyed it quite a bit and will definitely head back.

        1. re: ccl1111

          where do you reccomend sitting? counter, chefs table?? reg table..


            1. re: azhotdish

              Thanks, I will be visiting tonight for my first time and that's where we reserved!

              1. re: drewb123

                enjoy, don't forget to ask for the boar bacon! i can't get enough of that stuff.

                1. re: azhotdish

                  Will do...Thx any other sugg are welcome!

                  1. re: drewb123

                    The foie and the pig ear ravioli are other faves. I suspect azhotdish has my back on those.

                    1. re: drewb123

                      The uni shooters and the sponge cake dessert were terrific.

                      1. re: ipsedixit

                        luv uni but unfortunately didn't get any

          1. Hmm. We had our first Posh visit the same night you were there. While I wouldn't call the food mind-bogglingly good, for the price we thought it was creative, fresh, and good tasting. For $100 per person, I didn't expect it to rank up there with our chef's tasting menu experience at Cyrus (at >$400 per person). I was happy with the food, wine and service and would return.

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            1. re: PopcornSally

              I've been twice now and each time have left extremely satisfied and blown away by the food. In fact the only thing stopping me from going more is that it's just not somewhere I can afford to eat at on a normal basis. Hopefully your experience was just an off night because josh and his crew have done a great job for me both times I've come in.

            2. For what is worth I am right there with you. Maybe they were having an off night we went too. To start with the all of the parking spots that were reserved for Posh in the garage were occupied. So we had to park across the street at the mall. When we get up there the place is virtually empty. We point out the parking issue to the hostess who responds "oh yeah well the residents of the condo complex like to park there." If I owned the place I would be towing everyone of those cars. It was a bad start. In terms of the concept there are some issues here. If I really found something there that I liked I couldn't go back and get it again the next night. My partner and I also found ourselves trading dishes all night because I preferred this to that or vice versa. It was somewhat insulting to see all of the other diners eating the same dishes. This is not improvisational cuisine. The chef found away to offer basically one tasting menu with a couple variations to every diner. I would have no problem with this if they stated that, instead you go in believing you are getting a meal customized to your tastes when that is really not the case. The food wasn't very good. It was ok but nothing that would make me want to put up all of the other problems. The price point is also quite high, I could eat and have a glass or two of wine at Noca or FnB or simply eat at Binkley's or Kai for the same price. You won't see me back at Posh again....

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              1. re: bpreston

                What you thought of the food is what you thought of the food. I don't mean to question that. My experience has been more positive (with some lapses), but I haven't even had a full dinner there yet (hit late night on Thursdays a couple of times). I am, however, a little puzzled by this:

                "The chef found away to offer basically one tasting menu with a couple variations to every diner. I would have no problem with this if they stated that, instead you go in believing you are getting a meal customized to your tastes when that is really not the case."

                Um... of course that's what he's doing.

                Let's say they have 30 tables in an evening (I'm not looking at their books but that would strike me as an extremely conservative number on a weekend night) and let's say each table is served the minimum four courses. You do realize that to serve a completely original menu to each table would mean inventing 120 brand new dishes every day, right? What kitchen could *possibly* do this from a logistical standpoint, to say nothing of maintaining any semblance of quality? Most chefs won't create that many dishes in a year. Some won't create that many dishes in a decade... and that's the conservative number!

                I can only assume you hadn't considered the scale of what you claim they're suggesting they do. They obviously try to remain as fluid and creative as possible in improvising a daily menu, and they then make some adjustments to suit your preferences. And though their philosophy is presented in a manner that's perhaps a little grandiose (what restaurant isn't guilty of that?), I don't see how it's dishonest or misleading. Whatever you think of the format, I don't see how it's been misrepresented at all, especially when what you were expecting is so plainly ludicrous.

                1. re: Dmnkly

                  Actually, your calculation assumes that either each table only has one person, or that every person at a table gets the same meal. At 30 tables, 4 course minimum for each diner, and a mean of, say, 3 diners at each tables, that's actually 360 dishes per night. Ouch!

                  With the absurdity of that out of the way, I do think the "improvisational cuisine" tagline is a bit of a misnomer. It's "improvisational" in the sense that there may be a partially new set of dishes each night, but I can see how it implies that each dish is concocted on a whim, or "improvised" based on whatever pops into the chef's head. But who really cares if the food is good?

                  1. re: Dmnkly

                    I went in there expecting what they advertise that I would pick proteins and other choices the chef would customize my meal based off of those preferences. Unless the chef felt every other person in restaurant had my exact same taste in food he failed to deliver on the concept. I would have been content if I had seen at least one alternate choice for each course, which at least on that particular night I did not. Every two top was eating the exact same dishes. At the price point he is shooting for you had better be able to whip up some very tasty food and after the 8 dishes that I tasted I was unable to find one that I would want to order again even if I could, I do applaud your math skills. If you want to try the place the link below will get you a 90 dollar gift card for 45. So go for it my gift to you.


                    Happy dining

                      1. re: bpreston

                        A question... it's clear you didn't enjoy it, but did your menu match your stated preferences?

                        1. re: Dmnkly

                          Not to join too much into the argument but although I agree that many tables get the same dishes in one night, every time I've ate there I've had completely different dishes from night to night which I still think is improvisational cuisine since the menu changes nightly.

                          Every time I've gone in I've put specific preferences "likes spicy, veggies, etc" and always had dishes customized to the type of flavors I've specified. Also, I think it's very cool how they will do vegetarian or vegan menus for people that come in. I actually feel bad even commenting with the topic matter titled this since I always like dining at posh so much.

                          Just my 2 cents....

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