Are you a little unsure when it comes to trying caviar? Don’t be. The dish is a delightful one and can appear as a garnish, a spread, or even an appetizer all by itself. Plus, if the quality is good, the stuff practically melts in your mouth like butter. Here are five of our favorite places for caviar dishes in Phoenix.
1 Mabel's on Main
At Mabel's on Main, enjoy delightful deviled eggs with just a smattering of caviar that rounds out the dish. This restaurant oozes old-school glamour, with high-backed leather chairs and dark wood interior, chandeliers and complementary dark browns, blacks and coppers. The drinks here, too, are classic throwbacks with modern twists that perfectly reflect Mabel's style -- enjoy one while sitting at the swanky, dark wood bar or in one of the plush, oversized booths. Other excellent nibbles that have graced the restaurant's menu include oysters Rockefeller, Bluefin tuna carpaccio with blood orange and yuzu, bites of filet with horseradish cream and other delicious creations.
7018 E. Main Street, Scottsdale 480.369.3665 web
2 Narcisse Champagne Lounge
At Narcisse Champagne Lounge, you have your pick of caviar to start -- black or American white, served with creme fraiche, egg confetti and toasts. Enjoy it in Narcisse's upscale and sexy setting, along with other menu items that include meat, cheese and veggie platters, gourmet toasts, crispy duck, beef carpaccio, albacore sashimi and a lot more. Of course, the real star is the champagne list, featuring 125 world-class bottles. Ask your server for suggested pairings, as each is prepared to discuss the various merits of Brut, Milanese, Taittinger and others. Then choose from non-vintage, vintage, grower-producer, prestive cuvees, rose and sparkling wine, with bottles ranging in price from $35 to $1,500 and up to more than $65 by the glass.
15257 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale 480.588.2244 web
3 Mastro's Ocean Club
Opt for caviar as your starter at Mastro's Ocean Club, located in the high-end shopping district Kierland Commons. Escargot, Alaskan King crab legs, shrimp and lobster cocktails, steamed mussel and oysters on the half shell are other options. Or, choose the seared Ahi tuna or Ahi tuna tartare before diving right into your farm-raised salmon filet, Florida grouper filet, Chilean sea bass, Alaskan Halibut, swordfish, mahimahi, or a 16-ounce Oreganata filet of Arctic char. And if you like sole, you can have yours sweet or sour: vanilla-battered or lemon-grilled, it's up to you. Mastro's also offers close to two dozen different sides to choose from, so after you manage to decide on your entree, you have a whole new set of decisions to make.
15045 N. Kierland Blvd., Scottsdale 480.443.8555 web
At Elements at Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort, guests can order Island Creek Oysters with raspberry jelly and wasabi caviar off the raw menu. Additional raw treats include goodies available at the raw bar, such as iced shellfish and sashimi. And the main entrees include new vegetarian and gluten-free dishes, as well as in-house smoked meats. Plus, nestled into the side of Camelback Mountain, Sanctuary may have the best view of any restaurant in town. Have you tried the two new venues at Sanctuary -- Praying Monk and XII? Executive Chef Beau MacMillan oversaw their addition last year ... the same chef Beau MacMillan who has made appearances on "Iron Chef America" as well as other TV programs across the country. Yeah, he's kind of a big deal.
Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort, 5700 E. McDonald Drive, Paradise Valley 480.948.2100 web
5 Ocean Prime
Imagine the most delicious deviled eggs you can. Now imagine them with the addition of smooth white truffle sauce. Mmm -- out of this world. Such are the delights you'll find at Ocean Prime, situated in the up-scale, mixed-use CityNorth community. Offering one of the finest overall seafood dining experiences in North Phoenix, Ocean Prime delivers outstanding service in an environment that fills the eye and dazzles the other senses. Other incredible dishes include the Chilean sea bass with glazed carrots and a champagne truffle sauce; the blackened swordfish with wilted spinach and a jalapeno corn tartar; and the ginger salmon with stir-fried snap peas and soy-butter sauce -- all elegant in their simplicity, and none will let you down.
5455 E. High St., Phoenix, 480.347.1313 web