Last week, we told you chef Akos Szabo will head up the kitchen at Match Cuisine & Cocktails at the FOUND: RE Phoenix hotel. The chef, who trained at Scottsdale Culinary Institute, has spent time working in top kitchens in Chicago, Boston, and Southern California, but is best known locally for his time at AAA five-diamond Mary Elaine’s at The Phoenician in Scottsdale.
Now, we have more information about the forthcoming restaurant, including what you can expect on Szabo's menu and more details about the restaurant's design.
According to a press release, Match Cuisine & Cocktails is expected to open in "late spring 2016" and will serve a menu of "eclectic, globally inspired street food." The menu will focus on sharable plates made with locally sourced ingredients from purveyors including Cochise Cattle Company, Crow’s Dairy, Noble Bread, Mediterra Bakehouse, and the Orchard Community Farm.
Much of the food will come from a Forno Bravo wood oven, as well as a wood grill fueled by wood from Northern Arizona.
Menu highlights will include:
Guatemalan Coctel de Camaron – haas avocado, heirloom tomato, grilled peppers, young coriander, lime, saladitas
Wood Grilled Korean BBQ Ribs – salad of shaved green papaya, toban-jan lime dressing
The Meat Shop Pizza – braised shoulder bacon, herbed porchetta sausage, smoked Canadian style loin, MATCH garden herbs
Wood Grilled Bakkafrost Salmon – toasted red quinoa “tabbuoleh,” castelvetrano olives, Crows Dairy quark, local citrus, harissa vinaigrette
Steak and Frittes – wood grilled ribeye, crisp house cut fries, sauce albufera, black garlic butter, Orchard Farms arugula
The restaurant will serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as offer Arizona craft beer and wine and a selection of artisan cocktails.
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Match will be the on-site restaurant for the FOUND:RE Phoenix hotel, a "105-room art and lifestyle hotel." The restaurant will offer a 23-foot-long, 12 guest chef’s counter at which Szabo will create personalized menus for diners, and The Studio at FOUND:RE Phoenix, a 36-person private dining room.
The restaurant dining room will be open Monday through Sunday for breakfast from 6 to 10 a.m., lunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m, and dinner from 5 to 11 p.m. Late-afternoon and late-night service will be available in the bar and lounge.