Restaurant Review: J&G Steakhouse at The Phoenician by Theresa Greco from The Food Hunter’s Blog
When it comes to high-end steak houses there is certainly no shortage of options in Arizona. A favorite among both Valley residents and visitors is renowned Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s award winning J&G Restaurant, located on the top floor of the esteemed The Phoenician hotel.
Guests of J&G step off the elevator and enter into an elegant dining room where every table offers an outstanding view of the city below. There is an outdoor dining area complete with fire pits, and adjacent to the main dining area is a large onyx bar serving progressive cocktails and live music.
J&G’s menu features a selection of prime cuts of meat and fresh seafood, which is flown in daily.
The impeccable quality of the food and the servers’ attention to every detail, in my opinion, is what separates J&G from other steakhouse around town. Each course is brought out on a silver rolling cart and is described in detail before being set down in front of you.
My husband and I recently dined at J&G upon arrival we were greeted by the general manager, Patrick Norton, who asked us what special occasion brought us in for dinner. We looked at each & I quickly explained how there really wasn’t an occasion we just like dining out. Some people may not understand this but Norton’s reply assured me he did. It went something like this:
American’s only drink champagne for a special occasion while the French drink it all time because it’s always a special occasion
We started our meal with the recommended Tuna Tartare. The delicate tuna was served in a bowl on top of chopped avocado and finished with a spicy radish marinade. The combination of flavors was melt in your mouth delicious.
Next we shared the butternut squash soup which was poured table side into a bowl of oyster mushrooms. The soup was full of flavor and hit the spot.
Per our waiter’s recommendation we shared a 32ounce Tomahawk which was de-boned and split for us at our table. This was quite a large piece of meat, and even though we shared it we still couldn’t finish it.
Though J&G takes pride in their house-made steak sauces I enjoyed the Tomahawk sauce free. I did however try each of the sauces and thought they were wonderful. Everything is a la carte at J&G and there are some really delicious sides to choose from. We tried the caramelized brussels sprouts with pecans & balsamic, the roasted mushrooms with herbs and the potato gratin with Comte.
For dessert our waiter recommends the molten chocolate lava cake, explaining that it was the restaurant’s specialty. I can attest it was out of this world.
We also tried the Baked Alaska which was flambeed at our table. It was a nice treat since neither of us had ever tasted one before.
Top notch service partnered with delicious food and amazing views are what keeps Valley residents and guests coming back to J&G again and again.
6000 E. Camelback Rd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Cuisine Type: J&G Steakhouse offers a timeless steakhouse menu as interpreted by world-renowned chef, Jean-Georges Vongerichten.
Atmosphere: The décor’s palate, textures, and materials are all inspired by the steaks, the wines and especially the rugged Sonoran Desert landscape. This translates to extensive use of red, gold, purple and violet, as well as an eye-grabbing wrap-around bar top bedecked with tempesta onyx.