Saturday marked the beginning of Arizona Restaurant Week. Restaurants around the Valley and in Tuscon sign up to provide set 3 or 4 course dinner menus at the bargain price of $30 or $40 per person. Check out the website for participating restaurants.

In preparation for this week, a week ago J. and I spent a good hour going through every restaurant that is participating this week in search of 2 places to go. After much deliberation that involved lists, short lists and finalists we settled on 2. Last night was the first of those 2, Cork .

This was not our first outing to Cork, we tried it a couple of years ago and loved it. However, because it is usually quite pricey for us (mainly because we eat so much), we thought it would be a great chance to revisit a place we loved for a 3 course dinner for just $40.

They had 3 choices for appetizer, main and dessert, we had our chosen before we arrived from their special menu. We started out with the fresh bread with herb butter, artichoke oil and balsamic vinegar and olive oil. I remembered these from our last visit and they are just incredibly addictive but since we were starving it was a great way to start.

We each ordered separate things and then swapped halfway through each dish. For appetizers we ordered the Sweet Corn Bisque and the Seared Yellowfin Tuna. The bisque was sweet and creamy and I think the fritter was the best fritter I have ever tasted. The tuna melted in my mouth and the salad had whole peppers that were very spicy but since we are fans of spice we loved it.

On to the main course… We ordered the Roasted Berkshire Pork Belly that came on a bed of bacon and gorgonzola risotto which was very rich but the pork belly was crispy and delicious. The other main we ordered was the Braised Veal Cheek. The veal was fork tender, perfectly seasoned and a very good serving for such a bargain set menu.

I was pretty full by this stage, probably not helped by the 2 servings of bread and oil we had. I pushed through as our 2 desserts came out. We had ordered the Yogurt Panna Cotta and the Chocolate Bread Pudding. Both of these were great. J. preferred the bread pudding and I preferred the panna cotta.

We also received complimentary lemon meringues which were tiny, fabulous bursts of lemon and sugar to finish off the meal. This was a great end to a beautiful meal, in a gorgeous restaurant. I told J. we might have to go back here every year during AZ Restaurant week! We loved every bite!!

  1. Tammy says:

    Great review. I’ll give Cork a try.

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