Just a month after we said R.I.P. to Canal, chef Joseph Gutierrez is already up and running in that space with his second of three restaurants at Scottsdale's turnover-prone SouthBridge development.
Acua opened for dinner service last Thursday, serving an Asian-French fusion menu comprised of ten small plates, ten large plates, a handful of salads, and half a dozen desserts.
Among the tapas-sized selections, there's tempura quail with candied celery, honey Chinese mustard gastrique, sweet chile garlic sambal and butter-macerated Cabrales cheese; and brown sugar-braised apple foie gras pate with jalapeno marmalade, brioche feuillette, and Anjou pear foam. Entrees run the gamut from chimichurri-lacquered tenderloin of beef with grilled Gulf shrimp, pommes dauphinoise, and yuzu kosho mojo, to chile- and coffee-crusted diver scallops with artichoke flan, sauteed spaghetti squash, and chipotle creme.
Desserts are just as cross-cultural, like Bananas foster spring rolls with Grand Marnier caramel sauce.
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Gutierrez, who also owns the Italian spot Tutto (which opened last month in the former Digestif space) as well as Cin-Cin Bistro in Old Town, will be opening Tapas Papa Fritas at SouthBridge later this year, in the space originally planned to become Peter Kasperski's Mexican Standoff.