By New Times
By Robrt L. Pela
By Lauren Saria and Heather Hoch
By Deborah Sussman
By Robrt L. Pela and Amy Silverman
By Kathleen Vanesian
By Eric Schaefer
By Heather Hoch
There's no risk of boredom with Rubin's innovative desserts (all $6) -- which, we're thoughtfully warned by our server, include nuts (take note, allergy sufferers). Crème brûlée is everywhere these days, but how often is it gussied with halvah, a Middle Eastern confection of ground sesame seed and honey? It sounds bizarre, but it's a tasty twist on the now-too-common chilled custard with its caramelized sugar cap.
Prickly pear tiramisu is, in fact, a little odd -- sponge cake drenched in very strong Turkish coffee and dusted with pistachio. I like it, but be forewarned -- these challenging flavors aren't for novices, and I suggest sampling small bites. Chocolate flourless cake is a more familiar friend, a fudgelike confection decorated with peanuts, marshmallow foam, caramelized bananas and fresh blackberries and strawberries.
Even our finishing cups of black coffee reflect Rubin's aggressive approach. This is strong stuff, coffee beans with a definite attitude to share. If you want the weak stuff, I imagine them saying, "Go to Denny's."
7217 E. 4th Ave.
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Category: Bars and Clubs
Region: Central Scottsdale
While I can see why Rubin's creativity would make resort management squirm in their navy blue suits and red ties, I support his spirit. Sometimes, you've just got to fight for what you know is right.
Shine on, you crazy Rubin.