This is the third time I've eaten at binkleys'.
The fist time was soon after opening and a great review in the paper. I was underwhelmed. food was ok but not special.
after hearing so much about it, we decided to go back on valentines day last year. it was awful. appetizers were devoid of flavor, both pieces of fish (don't eat meat or seafood) were over cooked and dry. Vowed I would not go back.
Deiced to give him another shot. Maybe the first time it was too new, and the second was a holiday with abnormal service.
Ttonight was a magical experience. wonderfully friendly servers, even with us arriving 1 hour early, were promptly seated. ordered a smoked halibut done extraordinarily well, and a beat salad - I think, which was fabulous. Had a black cod in mushroom ragout witch was to done perfectly and my wife had a veggie plate which was gorgeous and delicious. the deserts were fair- ginger chocolate explosion and a bread pudding thing. But the most impressive part was all the fun, incredibly tasty extras. fist leak soup with with truffle oil, next a deconstructed / liquefied version of a caprasee salad. also had a lava lamp special which was in a curved shot glass served on a coaster which changed colors of light. I''m not sure what was in it but it was nicely tart with a saltiness in the floating pieces that was very tasty. also had sorbet, exploding cookies (meringue with pop rocks in side),and a three piece desert tray. I know I'm missing a few.
The food we ordered was very good,the service exceptional, but the extra food made the meal. I this what you've all been getting? Why didn't we get it before? sometimes we order two apps and only one entree, (but usually a fairly nice bottle of wine $100-150) would that be why?
Well, I am very glad I re tried it. Definitely one of the best meals I've had in the phoenix area.
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