Cobre Kitchen + Cocktails American brasserie impresses with focused menu
Sometimes a streamlined menu orchestrated well speaks volumes. That is the case at Cobre Kitchen + Cocktails. Occupying the lion’s share of the bottom floor of boutique hotel Canopy by Hilton Scottsdale Old Town, Cobre is a culinary gem that is just slightly off the beaten path of Old Town Scottsdale.
During the height of the pandemic, Cobre remained open for breakfast, but closed for dinner while its most popular menu items were being made available in the evenings exclusively at Canopy’s signature Outrider Rooftop Lounge. The lounge offers panoramic views of Old Town Scottsdale, the surrounding mountains and the rest of the Valley.
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In early September, Cobre reopened with a new menu developed by executive chef Patrick Gaudet. Thankfully, a few favorite menu items made the transition from the restaurant’s inaugural menu into its latest incarnation.
Cobre focuses on engaging shared plates, tempting sides, flatbreads and focused entrees with punctuations of Southwestern influence. Here are a few of the menu items that you won’t want to miss:
From the starters menu, the Mexican chilled shrimp ($15) is gluten-free and boasts tangy tomato lime marinated shrimp, Aleppo chiles, cucumber and purple onion atop a bed of house made guacamole and served with crispy tortilla strips. This offering made the cut from Cobre’s previous menu and walks the deliciously fine line between ceviche and salad.
Another starter that is perfect for two people to share is the tepary bean hummus ($10) featuring a cornucopia of fresh locally sourced vegetables. The slightly different flavor of hummus made from tepary beans is a delicious touch that incorporates the mild flavor of the Southwestern native legume.
The roasted wild mushrooms flatbread ($23) is packed full of a variety of wild mushrooms that give it an exceptional flavor. The flatbread is further highlighted with parmesan crema, arugula and finished with a tangy balsamic drizzle.
The striped seabass ($34) is a gluten-free entrée that is surprisingly “naked” in that there is no discernible seasoning or sauce. This preparation style ultimately allows the natural flavor of the fish to shine. It is served atop a smear of avocado puree which lends to the overall mild flavor profile. Additionally, the entrée is accompanied with a generous portion of garden field greens with grilled radicchio.
Chicken achiote ($26) is new to the menu and a tasty incorporation of mild flavors. The crispy skin half chicken is served with calabacitas and a celery root puree all set on atop mild tepary bean hummus. The entrée is a symphony of mild flavors that imparts a pleasant and low-profile incorporation of Southwestern influence.
The berry crumble ($9) is a satisfying finish to a lighter style meal and is served in a warm mini skillet. The dessert is perfect for two people to share and includes a variety of seasonal berries baked into a house made oat crumble.
What would Cobre Kitchen + Cocktails be without some incredible craft cocktails? The pirate Jenny ($13) is a popular and unique cocktail that includes ghost habanero tequila, crushed carrot, squeezed lime, banana and simple syrup.
Another Southwest inspired cocktail is the spicy roadrunner ($13) with Plantation pineapple rum, Campari, pineapple, squeezed lime and muddled jalapeño.
If a dessert cocktail is more your style, then you will want the chila Cobre ($12) that is a fiesta of Southwestern flavors that incorporates Chila ‘Orchata cinnamon cream rum, Bacardi coconut rum, vanilla and cinnamon.
Whether you dine inside Cobre or enjoy the cooler temps outside on the patio, you will love the quiet and cool vibe of the property and the thoughtful ingenuity behind its design and décor.
Cobre’s interior design by studio 11 Design incorporates a seamless blend of mid-century modern accented with woods, copper, marble countertops and punctuations of Southwestern inspired art and imagery. Coupled with soaring ceilings and plenty of natural light pouring in from the floor-to-ceiling windows that also showcase the wrap around patio, Cobre is a welcoming place to stop for cocktails, enjoy date night or the perfect spot for friends to nosh before a night out on the town.
Cobre Kitchen + Cocktails
Location: 7142 E. 1st St., in Canopy by Hilton Scottsdale Old Town
Reservations: cobrekitchen.com, opentable.com