Christopher’s and Crush Lounge Restaurant is located in the Biltmore Out- Door Fashion Mall located near Macy’s in Phoenix Arizona. This is a contemporary restaurant with a French Accent. The Chef/Owner was formally trained in France and has earned a James Beard Award. The atmosphere is a mix of sophisticated and classic. Tables are dressed in linen with heavy silverware.
They started us out with crusty baked in-house baguette and some salted butter. The butter taste usually good to me and is studded with flakes of salt. It’s unlike any butter I had before and I just want to keep eating it with that crusty baguette but I stopped at one serving so I could enjoy dinner.
My first course of three was Salad of House Smoked Salmon with Squid Ink Brioche and Edible Cheese Spoon. (YES the SPOON is Edible)
The Salmon was sliced razor thin with expert precision and just melted in my mouth. A fun and whimsey masterfully made cheese spoon also adorned my plate. Everything went together well. This plate was so elegant.
My husband had the Cassolette of Mushrooms with Port Wine Sauce.
I had a little taste of the mushroom and it seemed special. It was different than I was expecting. The Mushroom picked up an unexpected flavors that were very good.
Sole with Chive Sauce and Radishes were highly recommended from out waiter so I went with that.
The Sole was prepared to perfection as it was moist light and flakey. The fish reminded me of Sole Meuniere but was lighter and with a Chive Twist. The cooked radishes are also a nice light vegetable that you don’t get too often with dinners. They are almost sweet and not so peppery like a raw radish. This was a great plate and reminded me of dinners I’d have in California Wine Country or a nicer restaurant in Las Vegas.
My husband had the Sautéed Duck Breast with Sherry Sauce.
He said it was really great and more delicious duck than from the last several places we had duck at.
We shared the dessert plates.
A yummy cheese plate served with a basket of toast.
And This AMZING Lemon Tart Plate
The Lemon Tart had that PERFECT lemon bite in a very light but rich tart base held together with a thin and tasty crust in berry sauce. This was really great. The Lemony Ice was eye-opening with flavor and presented in a detailed edible light shell. This is among the best desserts I had anywhere.
Service was professional.
Wine pairings were PHENOMENAL.
Everything exceeded my expectations and the Chef thanked us for coming.
Christopher’s and Crush Lounge in Phoenix AZ is certainly WORTH A FORK!
For more information please visit www.ChristophersAZ.com