A special set of vocabulary superlatives is in order for brunch at the Marquesa restaurant, Scottsdale Princess Resort.
Let's get the obvious out of the way first, yes, it is expensive at $70 pp. However, it is probably the standout, stellar, stunning brunch of all time and well worth the cost. Forget two mediocre $35 meals and, voila - you've got the $$$ for the real thing.
Tattinger champagne is poured with a lavish hand in this stunning series of beautifully decorated spaces - both indoors and outdoors. There is nothing unusual about having different stations for brunch selections except at the Marquesa there is a seared foie gras station, a specific tapas station and hymns should be written about their cheese selection. Tender, delicious shrimp, the size of my first car, are in abundance. A non-egg eater at our table raved about the poached egg atop beef tenderloin smothered with horseradish-bernaise.
Platters of cold sliced meats - venison tenderloin, duck breast, lamb loin to five kinds of smoked salmon, a caviar station and smoked fish selection kept hunger at bay while we perused salads and some of the freshly made hot entrees. Beef tenderloin, cooked to order, along with prime rib and "lamb lollipops" were some of the hot meat choices. Tiny balls of fresh mozzarella in a garlicky pesto kept calling me back, as did the fresh artichoke hearts and lemon-aioli asparagus.
Desserts ranged from absolutely delicious to utterly decadent. Try as we might, no favorite could be found, although the almond tiramisu and an espresso flan vied with the chocolate mousse raspberry cake for top honors.
Service was impeccable, unobtrusive, impeccable and everything service should be. Plates and silverware were cleared quickly and each time we returned to the table, it was freshly laid. A nice touch was a tour of the offerings when we first arrived, otherwise we might have missed the fresh fruit station and that would have been a sin.
Five of us did our utmost to find a favorite and the best that we could do was to decide that EVERYTHING ws our favorite!
The bad news is that this brunch closes for the summer on Father's Day and will not re-open until fall. Hurry to get there before this happens.