Saturday, November 15, 2008

True Food Kitchen

My wife and I tried True Food Kitchen last Saturday. True Food Kitchen is the newest restaurant by restauranteur Sam Fox, developed in partnership w/ Dr. Andrew Weil.
True Food - exteriorTrue Food - shot of prep area
We arrived at around 6:30 and waited for around 15 minutes for a table. The lighting on the patio seemed extremely dark so we opted to sit inside. The lighting inside was somewhat inconsistent - we were initially seated in a "dark zone" and ended up moving to an adjacent table partway through our meal.

We shared a hamachi appetizer ("Today's Raw Fish" - MP --> $11) to start. This was a "miss" for me. The slices of fish were drowning in a pool of sauce which completely covered the taste of the fish. A nice controlled drizzle of sauce would have been good. Here's an extremely dark picture, but you can at least see the pool of sauce...
True Food - hamachi appetizer
I had the "natural half chicken" w / farro, walnuts, dried fig, brussel sprouts and squash ($18). This dish was excellent - definitely one of the best dishes I've eaten this year! The chicken was extremely juicy. The best part was the skin - nicely seasoned and crispy. All of the sides were nicely prepared. BTW, I am now a fan of farro! Where can I find this stuff?!?
True Food - natural half chicken
Patty had the "turkey bolognese" ($14). Initially, we both thought this dish was a bit bland. The sauce seemed kind of flat - it was missing something. In the end, she ended liking the dish (it got better as she continued to eat it).
True Food - turkey bolognese
For dessert, we had the "flourless chocolate cake". The cake was served w/ a small scoop of vanilla ice cream. We both thought it was good, although nothing out of the ordinary. I did think it was priced a bit high at $7.
True Food - flourless chocolate cake
We did notice that the food seemed pretty light and not too oily - consistent with the theme of the restaurant.

Overall, we enjoyed the dining experience and will be back to try some more items.

Sidenote - on a recent trip to Costco, we noticed that they are selling two $50 Fox Restaurant Concepts gift cards for $80.

Places mentioned:

True Food Kitchen
2502 E Camelback Rd #135 (at Biltmore Fashion Park)
Phoenix, AZ 85073

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