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The Greene House -- Scottsdale (long)

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The Greene House -- Scottsdale (long)

Gayle | Apr 18, 2006 01:51 PM

I arrived at The Greene House at 5 p.m. yesterday, just as they opened. I sat at the bar for a glass of wine to wait for the rest of my party.

The Greene House is part of Fox Restaurant Concepts who bring us Sauce, North, Bloom, The Counter, etc. Located in Kierland, next door to North. It’s a smallish space.

I didn’t pick up the tab, so I’m not certain of the total bill, I’ll do my best to recall.

We moved to a table after wine and Pellegrino at the bar.

R had been to The Greene House before and made the selection. As we were seated, she asked for an order of the crab fritters. They arrived along with a basket of bread. While we waited, I noticed the table settings.

Nice hammered stainless flatware. All of the plates are square/rectangular. Reidel stemless glasses for water and stemmed glasses for wine and Pellegrino. Nice.

The Crab Fritters ($11) arrived looking very much like hush puppies on a bed of greens with a smattering of sauce on the plate. Hush puppies indeed with crab bits. Corn muffiny, kinda of gooey and barely room temp. And no sauce. It’s all about the sauce, baby. Pretty presentation, but and overall “eh”.

We ordered dinner.
R – black cod with candied shitake and soy glaze ($27)
R#2 – short ribs braised in cherry beer, parsnip puree and carrots ($25)
Me – Ahi with soy caramel, watermelon radish and avocado salad ($26)

Dinner arrives.
Black cod is very good, flakey and cooked just right. Sauce is nice. Noticably nothing green on the plate and no garnish. A lemon twist or sprinkling of herbs would have gone a long way.

Short ribs are very tender, a little heavy for a spring day. More of a winter dish for me. Good, not spectacular. Again, no garnish.

My ahi was nice. Cooked rare, served at room temp, cold in the center. Three pieces of ahi 1”x2”x2”, not a large serving. With crispy shallots and soy caramel. Sauce was good and the shallots were a nice textural contrast to the fish. I’m allergic to avocado, so the salad was watermelon radish, fennel and celery leaves with rice wine vineagrette.

The portions were just right to smallish. For a big strapping guy, you might want an appetizer.

I noticed overall the lack of garnish, the plates looked a little boring.

Desserts were $9 each. We had the PB cup – pb mousse with pb foam and 2 pb sandwich cookies and sugar donuts – holes covered in cinn/sugar with red fruit jam and vanilla custard for dipping. I wasn’t impressed by either for $9 a pop.

Overall, ok atmosphere. I mean, it’s basically a big ol’ strip mall. No view. We had a view of the street. Nice inside though. California craftsman styling.

Overall, food good. Not great. Not bad. I just didn’t leave with the “I want to come back here” feeling. I probably won’t spend my own money there.

I’d love to know what you think if you go.

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