I wanted to create a canonical list with reviews from the first Restaurant Week in Phoenix. There have been a few scattered reviews, but I was hoping we could collect some general impressions in one topic, so future CHers could check the post to determine which restaurants are the best bet for future restaurant weeks.
Please take a moment to review your RW meals. Tell us what menu items stood out, how the service was, and how you would rate the value.
I went to 2 places:
Bourbon Steak was great. The food was delicious, the portions we ample, and the duck fat fries that were complimentary were to die for (especially the truffle ones). Staff was very accommodating, with no "attitude" about "cheap people just here for the RW deal". The sweet corn soup was my favorite dish, as it was perfect, and really captured the "essence" of the ingredients. Another huge hit was the begniets for desert, which tasted just like they do in New Orleans. We each had a glass of wine with our dinner (which were fairly pricey), and our meal came out around $100 out the door with tip. I thought this was a tremendous value, and would likely eat here again (even if it wasn't during RW).
Also went to Roka Akor. This experience was only OK. Our waitress clearly was not interested in pushing the RW menu. Of the items we did have off the RW menu, the butterfish tataki was really great. The fish was super high quality, and the accompaniments added complimentary flavors and textures. The main courses from the RW menu were Filet Mignon, and Salmon. They were both terrific. The steak was cooked perfectly (exactly the temperature we requested), and the salmon glaze was charred perfectly, while the interior was still moist and flavorful. The chocolate cake for desert was only fair (but I don't think desert is a Japanese Restaurant specialty). No-one at the table cared for the green tea center (as green slime in your desert isn't always appealing). My main gripe for this place, is that we were "suckered" into buying bottled water. We asked for still water, and were brought a bottle of Voss (at $8). It felt like our waitress was trying to increase the bill (other reviews indicate that other people have the same experience). We added a few extra items to our meal (but probably didn't need to, as we had way too much food in the end). Overall, the RW meal was a decent value, but I didn't fall in love with Roka, and likely will not return anytime soon (I think there are a few better Japanese restaurants in town that are superior, and a better value - Hana and Yasu come to mind immediately).