You may remember last month when I hosted one of our tasting dinners at Coup Des Tartes and if you were able to join us, what a treat! While I nibbled on dishes in the kitchen, I was happy to be able to get the opportunity to experience a sit down meal of my own. The owner, Ron and his Chef and crew do such a phenomenal job with the menu and I hope that if you haven’t already made it in, you will soon. I dig the laid back feeling of the restaurant and they come up with some pretty stellar events that you can join, I’ll add a couple of them to the bottom. Murder mystery anyone?
We did most of our dishes as family style so that we were able to get bites of each item. I didn’t mind doing this for most of the meal, except when it came to dessert because I don’t want to share dessert with anyone.ever! There desserts are amazing too but I’ll get to that soon. We started with the Brie Brulee, I’m a huge fan of all things cheese as well, including brie that has been warmed up and sweetened. Is there anything better than a creamy warm cheese with sweet caramelized apples and fruit to go with. I’m drooling right now. Seriously though, why am I so hungry today?!
Anyways, after the brie, we took to the chevre tomate, which is goat cheese and tomatoes on toast and then we had some escargot. I will admit that I tried the escargot last time I was at the restaurant and it was the first time I have ever had escargot. It will not be my last. Sure the thought of eating snails might make some people turn their nose up but we grew up with my parents eating them because my mom and dad married in France and had my brother and sister over there. French food was no stranger to us, which is probably why I’m such a huge fan of cheese, we did finish almost every meal with it. If you can get past the idea of what you’re eating, you’d probably truly enjoy the dish, it’s buttery and flavorful. Coup Des Tartes does escargot very well, just give it a try.
Onto the main dishes. We started with a taste of the risotto full of curry, charred pineapple and crispy coconut, which might sound like it was sweet but it wasn’t. Balanced delightfully and cooked like risotto should be. As Ron would say, “If there is risotto on the menu, you better order it!” I cleaned the plate when the salmon plate came with sauteed spinach, couscous, roasted garlic, lemon and cilantro butter sauce. The crab stuffed shrimp and filet mignon duet with the Merlot reduction, those mashed potatoes and haricot verts were also divine.
And then we were lead into dessert, a multitude of plates were brought forth to our table. A display of indulgences filling our sight and exiciting our senses or maybe that was just me. There was raspberry studded brown butter tarted with a brown butter and vanilla custard topped with raspberries and baked in a light pate sucre and served with raspberry coulis and creme anglaise. The triple chocolate mousse cake was super rich, a flourless chocolate cake layered with dark chocolate and white chocolate mousse and if that wasn’t enough, they served it with chocolate ribbons and fresh strawberries. The white chocolate lime mousse tarted was a white chocolate infused with fresh lime zest in a macadamia nut crust and served with an exotic coconut ginger sauce. Then there was the classic creme brulee and my favorite of all the desserts the peanut butter chocolate cake.
Coup Des Tartes is on my list of places to recommend to friends or to you guys when you ask. If you’re looking for a fun spot to enjoy really great food, here you go! Also, if you’re looking for some fun events to attend while eating really good food, here you go you can join Coup Des Tartes for their murder mystery dinners, their upcoming Valentine’s Dinner and so much more. To make reservations or to get more details, give them a call!
Coup Des Tartes
1725 E Osborn Rd, Phoenix