Jasper’s Peak Bistro – Cajun Food in ScottsdaleMarch 25, 2009 at 1:28 pm | Posted in Restaurant Review | 1 Comment
Tags: Beer, Cajun, Food, North Scottsdale, Wine
Ah yes – yet another restaurant discovery for me. This one came to my girlfriend’s attention via a recommendation from a friend of a friend, rather than our usual Food Network network!
We hit this place up around 6pm on a Tuesday, which is a good night to go, as all bottles of wine are 1/2 off. In addition, if you get there before 7pm – apps and beers are on “happy hour” special. That means beer runs around 4 bucks, and apps are 1/2 off. The place starts to pack them in right around 7ish, so getting there early is nice.
Since it’s located in North Scottsdale – it is tucked away in the corner of an upscale strip mall, anchored by a Fry’s Signature store. That’s par for the course in that territory.
The food leans toward Cajun, although there are some hints of the Southwest on the menu also. From red beans ‘n’ rice to crab-stuffed filet mignon, their should be a selection for everyone on every budget.
We started with a crab dip, which came with some house-made blue corn tortilla chips. The dip was rich and tasted of crab with a good hint of spice. The chips were not quite greasy, but I think the fryer could have been a tad bit hotter to get them just right.
After that, we decided to sample the Cajun fare and I had the gumbo whilst my girlfriend had the red beans. My gumbo was tasty, as were her beans. Both dishes could have been kicked up a notch or two on the scale of cajun spice, we agreed. Our waiter brought us bowls instead of cups, as they were apparently out of cups. We could have finished those and between the dip and the apps, left pretty full.
We decided to hang out awhile, grab a bottle of wine and order dinner. Since I had been craving fish – I went with the line-caught halibut and ordered it blackened. Athena went with the stuffed filet.
The halibut came out with blackened spices, but was not actually blackened. However, it was slightly dry from overcooking. Tasted good, though.
The filet was cooked to a nice medium-rare at her request, and was adorned with a nice cabernet reduction sauce that was flavorful and not overbearing.
Both dishes were served with garlic mashed potatoes, skins left in – which I like. The chef is not afraid of garlic, which I always appreciate. Also alongside both was some perfectly cooked, ultra-green broccoli that was excellent with the butter that was served with our bread.
My halibut also came with some grilled eggplant and squash, both of which I can’t stand – so didn’t try. Athena tried them and said they were on the soggy side, and left the tasting to one bite apiece. Also in the grilled-veggies was 1/3 or so of a white onion. Lightly grilled, probably with a touch of olive oil – it wasn’t grilled enough to my taste, so that was also left as a one bite tasting.
At dessert time, we went with a chocolate raspberry bread pudding in a brandy sauce and vanilla bean ice cream. It would have been a delightful companion to my coffee (Illy’s I believe) and Jack Daniels had it not been for the inordinate amount of raspberry seeds that were just off-putting. Also, it was served more like a cake than any bread pudding I’ve come across – although it definitely was not a cake batter.
Beers featured in house are the traditional “Big 3” brands, and some Mexican offerings along with one local beer from Tempe (Kiltlifter from Four Peaks Brewing) and the old Louisiana standby Turbodog.
Wine selection is small, but should cover most palates and price ranges fairly well. especially on a Tuesday when you can buy the bottle for the same price as two glasses.
Yes, we will definitely go back. Seating inside is limited, but there is a nice sized patio to enjoy for part of the year in Arizona. Prices are reasonable, considering the area and the menu is diverse – with the appetizers seeming to take center-stage here. Not a bad place to grab an after-work drink and try a couple of apps, if you don’t wanna hang out for dinner. Check it out!