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Mar 10, 2010 04:17 PM

searching for set menu restaurants

Hi, I'm looking for a set menu restaurant anywhere in the valley, either 3 or 4 course menus, for under $50 pp; its for an anniversary celebration. I've been looking at Roy's 3 course menu fro $35, so may make reservations there.

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  1. Noca does a three course set menu for $35 pp on Sundays. What it is changes from week to week, check their website at for details on what they're offering that week. PS: If they offer a soup course as a supplement, for the love of all that is holy GET IT. They are wizards of soup. I wish they could open a take-out window at lunch where all they would serve is some kind of soup and some kind of sandwich.

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    1. re: JK Grence the Cosmic Jester

      last year for our anniversary we went to Noca, and they had the corn soup, I still remember it, it was incredible! We were looking to try something new this year.

      1. re: jraja

        Although Noca is off of jraja's list for this post, I wanted to mention that they do have a $50 tasting menu available nightly (or perhaps most nights?). We were there last night and considered it, and noticed that the gentleman sitting next to us was having that. Wine pairings available at an additional charge.

        Soup was not included in the tasting menu last night (it was crudo, chitarra pasta, choice of fish or steak, lemon tart) - but we did get a small taste of the parsnip soup before our entrees arrived - wow! I agree with the Cosmic Jester - I'd go crazy for some lunch takeout if it were available - the soups are always amazing!

        1. re: MesaChow

          I was just in last night and asked Chef Curtiss about the tasting menu, and he said they were indeed offering them every night.

          The menu last night was similar to the one you describe: simple salad (or sunchoke soup for $8 extra), chitarra, choice of flatiron steak with glazed baby root vegetables or scallops on lentils & chorizo with fresh peas, and lemon tart with gelato. I was able to get a delightful fried sweetbread over a sorrel salad for my starter for the same upcharge as the soup. I also got the little cup of parsnip soup between courses. I opted for the (spot on) wine pairings which added $20 to the tab.

          1. re: hohokam

            The tasting menu is offered every night and it is 4 courses priced at $50 with wine pairings for an additional $20...slight correction on hohokam's tasting menu, the first course was choice of sunchoke soup or winter greens salad and the first course supplement was Ingrid's peekytoe crab salad ($8 supplement)...

            1. re: Molto E

              Thank, E. I was so taken with the sweetbread I forgot about the crab. :-)

    2. Is the group adventurous? I've enjoyed some great Chinese banquets offered at places like C Fu, Golden Buddha, etc - 8+ courses for about $20-25/person. Not good for the picky, or for a really big group, but otherwise it's a style of dining that's more interactive... usually a big, round table and lots of sharing/passing of dishes. Good food to boot!

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      1. re: tastyjon

        looking for a more intimate experience, it'll just be the 2 of us.

      2. There's Sassi in N Scottsdale. They have a $35 3-course menu in March.

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        1. re: scaheld

          I've enjoyed Roy's 3 course dinners a few times - the current menu may not be the same items that I have had, but still, all very good stuff.

          You might want to give Flemings a call. They often offer a 3 course special that has been a marvelous deal, but they don't advertise it.

          What about looking on line for a tasting menu? That might turn up some other alternatives.


          1. re: coastalgypsy

            There are two other Roy's locations in town that are still open. There is one in the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort off of Tatum and the 101, and another in Chandler on Ray east of I-10.

            1. re: JK Grence the Cosmic Jester

              yeah we were planning on going to the one in desert ridge, since its closer to where we live.

              1. re: jraja

                My DH & I went for our anniversary last night, 03/27/10. The staff were friendly when we arrived and told us "Happy Anniversary", we received a card, as well. We went with their winter 3 course menu for $35. I got the lettuce wraps, tiger shrimp, and chocolate souffle. My husband got the rock shrimp tempura, salmon, and guava tart. Both of our appetizers were ok, nothing special. The entrees were about the same, nothing special, the shrimp were overcooked, and the salmon had too much sauce on it, you couldn't taste the salmon, the ingredients were good, but the way they prepared both entrees, were not very good. The highlight of the evening were the desserts, they were both good!

                We've been to Roy's before, and we enjoyed our experience, so this was a complete disappointment. Last year we went to Noca, and the food and experience was much better.

                3118 E. Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85016