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Bourboun Steak - Not impressed

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mwest9 Jul 18, 2010 11:26 AM

We went to Bourbon Steak because we had a gift card. We knew the prices were pretty steep, but hoped that the quality of the food would be exceptional.

The duck fat fries came out right away, no charge, and they were probably the highlight of the meal. 3 flavors: paprika, truffle, and rosemary. Crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside, really delicious. 3 sauces; BBQ, ranch, and ketchup. The ranch dip was especially good with the truffle fries. The herb fries were great without any sauce.

Kumomoto oysters were very good too. I was happy that there was a mignonette sauce to accompany. Some other chowhounds are right, its not too much to expect good raw oysters in PHX. I guess the ones I had at Zinc Bistro last month were just not that good.

The biggest disappointment was the lobster grilled cheese with roasted tomato soup. Hardly any lobster in the dish, really couldn't taste it at all. The tomato soup was far too sweet and had nothing else in it to balance the sweet and the acidity. All tomato soups I eat will be judged against Phillipe Jeanty's (in Napa) and few will come close, but this one was a lot like Campbell's to my taste. Tomato soup needs some layers of fattiness or earthiness, IMO, like bacon or pancetta or something, to make it interesting.

We shared the 18 oz bone in ribeye. It was well cooked and had a bit of a pleasantly smoky grill flavor, but it was undersalted. Yeah, the amount of salt that is just right varies from person to person and you can always add some salt at the table, but salt sitting on top of an already cooked piece of meat doesn't taste the same as salt that blends with the steak while its cooking. How many times in culinary school did I hear my chef tell me when he tasted a dish I made "Its good, but it needs more salt"? Its been hammered into me to season food properly before it hits the table. For the prices at Bourbon Steak, I expect pretty close to perfect, so this steak fell short of that mark. Bernaise sauce was a bit shy on the tarragon flavor and a bit thin, too. It was good, but not THAT good. Again, I love Jeanty's ribeye with bernaise and fries, one of the best steaks I've ever had.

Just comparing the food at another restaurant at the Fairmont Princess, Hacienda was more impressive to me, all the way through the entire meal. I love their ceviche!

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La Hacienda
7575 E Princess Dr, Scottsdale, AZ 85255

Bourbon Steak
7575 E. Princess Drive, Scottsdale, AZ 85255

Zinc Bistro
15034 N Scottsdale Rd, Ste 140, Scottsdale, AZ 85254

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