Has anyone been to the Cholla Steakhouse at Casino AZ? Decent?
I went there last Monday for RW and I won't be returning.
The menu reads really well, the prices are fair, and the service is adequate. Where they fall short is in the kitchem - the food preparation is poor. The restaurant is surprisingly small and when I stopped in on Monday around 7:45pm, there was only other table dining. I ordered the duck confit ravioli with port-porcini truffle jus, the Sonoran game hen, and tiramisu. My date ordered the sesame crusted Ahi, baseball cut sirloin, and creme brulee.
The filling of my duck confit ravioli was waterlogged and totally tasteless - it reminded me of meat that had been boiled for hours and hours to make broth with. The port-porcini truffle jus didn't taste like it had any trace of port, porcini, or truffle. It was a very dark thin liquid with reconstituted porcini pieces.
Instead of just a sear around the edges, my date's ahi came out completely cooked (in fact, over cooked) all the way through to the point of bring thoroughly dry. The cooks had to know this because they sliced it into two pieces right through the center for presentation.
Although I ordered the Sonoran game hen, it ended up coming out of the kitchen as the galantine (a different item on the RW menu). Although I really don't like my chicken rolled up and served in a tube shape, I was willing to give it a try. It tasted a lot like a TV dinner. It was filled with slivers of vegetables and pureed chicken (which was a little jello-y in texture). The green beans that came with it were way over cooked, but the mashed potatoes were okay.
My date's main course was decent. The steak was cooked correctly to order and seasoned well and the baked potato was fine, but the asparagus was overcooked and limp.
My tiramisu tasted great, but was still a little frozen in the center. The creme brulee was unremarkable - nothing was necessarily wrong with it though.
So that was my experience there last week. We went there was because they are open late (we thought that we'd be going out to dinner later than we actually did). They seat until 11pm Sun-Thurs and until 12am Fri and Sat. Again, the menu looks good, but the execution very poor.
Cholla Prime Steakhouse
524 N 92nd St, Scottsdale, AZ 85256