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Caffe Boa (Tempe) - now with Chef Payton!


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Caffe Boa (Tempe) - now with Chef Payton!

emmaAmethyst | Nov 3, 2009 11:03 AM

I was already planning on going to Caffe Boa last night, even before New Times' Chow Bella reported the big menu change & posted the new menu! Early word was that they were going to make menu changes gradually -- well, that went right out the window! Payton said there were 4-5 things remaining from the previous menu. If you've got a resource like Chef Curry, you may as well run with it! :-)

My usual dinner companions are out of town, so I went on my own. The only downside of that is that I only got to sample a couple of things. (So far. That'll be remedied soon enough.)

I started with the scallops with tajarin pasta. Scallops perfectly cooked, sauce both mouth rich & flavorful, but not heavy. Excellent.

I knew if I had a pasta & a main, I'd be taking home leftovers -- but that's not a bad thing! I went with the duck. Sliced duck breast, lovely, with sides that make it a fabulous dish. A dense, yummy potato gratin, a sweet date & squash ragout, & some lovely little slightly-bitter greens. All the parts perfect with each other -- the rich from the potato, the sweetness from the ragout, but neither of those overpowers the duck, & the greens cut the richness & give good texture contrast. It was soooo gooood! (One thing to be aware of: Payton generally likes to do duck pretty rare, & he uses good product that warrants that. I'm OK with that, but imagine some people would prefer a bit more cooking.)

I brought home a dessert, along with my duckie leftovers. They were calling it a napoleon, but it's actually a chocolate ganache tart, with a whipped cream & thin chocolate layer over. Not at all a napoleon (a personal pet peeve of mine ;-) ), but an excellent rich, killer chocolate dessert.

The wine list looks very good. I didn't have any problem finding a white & a red on the by-the-glass list that complemented the food perfectly. And front patio dining area is nice for this time of year.

Sooo, I'm really happy with the way this is going! This is going to work out well. :-)

Caffe Boa
398 S. Mill Avenue, Tempe, AZ 85281

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