J&G stakes its claim as the finest in Phoenix

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Here’s what’s wrong with J&G Steakhouse: Nothing.

The food is unrivaled. The view is stunning. The service is superb. A dining experience does not get better than that offered by J&G.

Making its home at The Phoenician – the only Forbes Five Star and AAA Five Diamond hotel in the greater Phoenix area – J&G Steakhouse offers a sophisticated and innovative menu inspired by Michelin-starred chef, Jean-Georges Vongerichten. During dinner, diners enjoy dramatic sunsets and views of the Valley while dining on premium meats and a superb selection of seafood. The menu items are complemented by fresh, local ingredients and worldly spices that are masterfully executed by Chef de Cuisine Jacques Qualin.

You’ll realize you’re in for an exceptional meal when you take the first bite of the French-influenced appetizers, which are just as irresistible as the main courses. Some standouts from the exceptional selections:

• The Crispy Calamari served with Yuzu Dipping Sauce ($14) will blow your mind with its off-the-charts preparation. J&G mixes the perfect amount or crispiness with flakiness and combines it with a dipping sauce that is so exquisite that you’ll want to skip the main course and order more calamari. But resist the temptation.

• The Black Truffle Cheese Fritters ($11) are even more amazing than its name. Delicious. Scrumptious. Mind-blowing. Words haven’t been invented yet to adequately describe the reaction you’ll have when tasting these, unless it’s, “More, please.”

• There isn’t a single miss on the appetizer menu, but the Asparagus Risotto ($12) and J&G Chopped Salad ($13) with frisée, arugula, pecans and blue cheese also stand out in an appetizer menu filled with deliciousness.

While some view J&G Steakhouse as another celebrity-chef restaurant trying to capture the imaginations of Valley diners, it’s so much more than that. J&G’s great beef and seafood dishes combine with a perfect palette of sensational sauces to make J&G not only of the Valley’s most high-profile restaurants, it’s arguably the Valley’s best.

Each main course distinguishes itself for its elegant presentation and mouthwatering perfection — and both beef and seafood dishes are equally flawless. But elevating themselves from the star-studded selections:

• Maine Lobster ($57). Who says you cannot get better-than-Boston seafood in the desert?

• The 19-ounce Prime Bone-In Rib Eye ($64) and the Filet Mignon — served in either eight-ounce ($44) or 12-ounce ($57) portions — are as good as any steak you will find not only in the Valley, but in the world.

• Slowly Cooked Salmon ($32) with sugar snap peas, mashed potatoes and port reduction is such a perfect seafood dish that you won’t be able to describe it to friends because your mouth will be watering at the memory.

Beyond the food, J&G was named a Wine Spectator “Best of Excellence Award” winner for displaying excellent breadth across multiple wine-growing regions and superior presentation. Like we said at the start of the story, J&G is as perfect and well-rounded a dining experience as you will find.

But make reservations soon or you will have to wait. J&G will be closed for remodeling from June 4 through Aug. 31, before reopening for dinner on Saturday, Sept. 1.

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