Thank you to Debby Wolvos for capturing the magical dinner with good friends and food through her lens!
Old Town Scottsdale has a new gem and it’s called Sel. My girlfriends and I recently went to celebrate a birthday there and our experience was exceptional. It was a Tuesday night, we walked into the restaurant and immediately fell in love with the decor and atmosphere. We were seated against a velvet booth and began to glance over the menu. One thing you’ll notice is that the menu is setup as a prix fixe, 4 courses for $70 but you are more than welcome to order a la carte. We ordered the prix fixe because there is no better way to get a taste of the restaurant, than by having a bite of almost everything.
The kitchen is run by Chef Brandon Levine, this is his baby and we hope that you’ll love it as much as we did. His skills and talent shined ever so brightly throughout the night, as he worked to make sure each plate was masterfully prepared and as exquisite to the eye as it would be to taste. For the first course, there were two items to choose from. I should mention that the menu does change on a regular basis, so depending on when you read this, it may have changed again. There was a smoked Hamachi Crudo with Passion Fruit-Prosecco Gelée, Fanny Bay Oyster, Pear-Pink Peppercorn Granita, Micro Arugula and a Blood Orange-Roasted Beet Vinaigrette or the Grilled Matsutake Mushroom, which I chose. The dish was served with a Purple Yam Polenta rectangle topped with Montilla Sherry-Corn Puree, some Avocado Aioli, Elephant Garlic Crisp and of course, the mushrooms. You might think to try the crudo because crudo is always a great option but go a different route this time, I think you’ll like it.
Our second course was the blue hubbard squash soup and it was spot on! I don’t typically order soup but this one was layered with flavors Hazelnut Crème Fraiche, Coco Nib-Pumpkin Seed Brittle, and a Lime Gastrique. It was hard not to eat every single bite.
Our third course was the Autumn Salad, now if only we could get our weather to match the fall flavors mingling in this dish. A gorgeous mixture of Butternut Squash, Fennel, Baby Kale, Tangelo, Maple Bacon and topped with a Coconut-Tahini Vinaigrette.
My friends all ordered the duck, even though we wanted to try different things, they couldn’t resist the duck option! I was hoping to get a taste of a bunch of entrees so I split from the norm and ordered the Charcoal Grilled “Angus Exclusive” Filet Mignon. There is also the option for Seared Maine Day Boat Scallops, Seared Hawaiian Big Eye Tuna or Chestnut Agnolotti. The filetwas served with a Wasabi Pea Puree, Shiitake Mushroom Casserole, Shallot Crisp and a Sauce Bordelaise.
Chef Levine insisted that we try the Seared Hudson Valley Foie Gras. I highly insist that you do too, it was a dish I would have rather not shared with my girlfriends because it was perfection on a plate! It had Vermont White Cheddar-Apple Pie, Apple Cider Gastrique and topped with a Sauce Bordelaise. It was in the realm of eating a foie gras apple pie.
It was a birthday, so we had to get dessert! Just kidding, it doesn’t need to be somebody’s birthday to get dessert, I need dessert no matter what. This one knocked my darn socks off, I mean, I was full, so full and I didn’t want to stop eating the dessert. I still think fondly of you Strawberry-Marzipan Shortcake with layers of Chantilly Crème, topped with Fleur de Sel Caramel, Balsamic and a scoop of Vanilla Bean Gelato. If you’re ever having a bad day, just go order one of those.
Thank you to Chef Brandon and May and our waiters for giving us such a superb experience all around. We hope to be back in again soon!
7044 East Main St.
Scottsdale AZ 85251
between N Goldwater Blvd and North Marshall Way