With Saint Paddy’s day around the corner, there are some of you probably wondering where to celebrate. Let me tell you of one of my favorite spots found here in Phoenix!
The Cornish Pasty Co. is a locally owned business here in Phoenix, with a location in Las Vegas (no kidding?!) with such a delicious array of flaky pastries to make your heart happy! I first stumbled upon The Cornish Pasty whilst in culinary school and amongst my travels I became famished! I was on my way to Lee Lee International Market (a post needs to be written about them as well!) and made a deal with the friend accompanying me in my travels that the first restaurant we drove by before Lee Lee’s we would stop in for a bite. We saw The Cornish Pasty off to the side of the road and the rest is history.
Fast forward to a few weeks ago when, after having told my husband about the amazingness I had found in the Pasty, we finally went for lunch! I was starving (yet again) thanks to a 3-hour glucose test and needed some substantial nourishment. I suggested The Cornish Pasty Co. and my husband was super eager to finally try it (he reeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeally love pastries of any kind)! We made the drive to Mesa and I showed him my British jewel! We decided to sit out on the patio because it was GORGEOUS outside. The inside, though, has a very homey and roomy gastropub charm to it! You can even see into the kitchen and see the magic go down, i.e. them making the pasty dough by hand. We found a table outside and began to await the amazing things that were about to go down.
Our server greeted us and gave us a menu. Super friendly guy. We looked over the menu and I was torn between two of their pasties… What is a girl to do?! With so many choices before me, how could I make the right choice?! It was so daunting… But our server wisely suggested that the hubs and I split our two pasties… Good thing because the two I was torn between were drastically different. I felt like I had to choose between ‘Shepherd’s Pie’ and ‘Lovely Bit a Salmon.’ See my dilemma?! Thankfully my husband was more than happy to split two pasties.
So that’s what we got, the ‘Shepherd’s Pie’ and the ‘Lovely Bit a Salmon’; tummies were about to become so happy. When our meal came out, it was as if the heavens were parted and angels sang choruses of Hallelujahs. The pasties were nice and flaky and warm.. And the filling was glistening. This was gonna be good! Let me tell you about each pasty before I get ahead of myself.
The filling consisted of minted lamb (lamb is a MUST try for anyone that hasn’t had it before!), peas, carrots, onions, mashed potatoes and cheddar cheese with a red wine gravy on the side you could dip that pocket full of deliciousness into a pool of ethereal bliss.
Lovely Bit a Salmon:
The filling consisted of salmon, sautéed asparagus, roasted tomatoes and red potatoes with a lemon dill sauce on the side. The pasty is good by itself but the sauce takes it to a whole new level.
The look on my husband’s face was priceless as he experienced this thing I had been telling him about for years. Both pasties were great choices (as are all of them are) but I would have to say that I was partial to The Shepherd’s Pie; and that’s because I love lamb lots and lots! My husband loved the salmon and also enjoyed the lamb! After our plates were finished (yes we finished both of them even though they were HUGE!), our server asked if we would like to look at the dessert menu. I internally thought “heck yes!!!” but I managed to keep my composure enough to say, “oh that would be great!” We looked at the menu and were given the server’s favorite choice of the Banoffee Pie. I will be honest, I am a little afraid of caramel. I know, I know… I should have tried it but even I have reservations I need to get over (life is a journey right?).
However, we did choose an awesome dessert: The Chocolate Bread and Butter! This, however, is not the bread pudding you remember… This place is a British joint so of course it wouldn’t be home to a southern comfort dish. This was more of like a thin layered cake with a vanilla crème anglaise sauce (a super yummy and eggy type sauce that is often used as a base for ice cream) and vanilla ice cream! The crispiness of the sides of this bread, combined with the sauce and ice cream, made for a dessert that was so homey and oh-so-good! We even finished that whole plate too (I mentioned I was starving! No judgments please). The server was taken back that a petite pregnant lady and an even skinnier man were able to eat TWO pasties with no crumb left AND a whole dessert! What can I say, my husband and I live to amaze!
So next time you are in a pinch for a new lunch spot, check out The Cornish Pasty Co. They have 3 locations here in the valley with one in Phoenix coming soon and one in Las Vegas! I’m sure they’ll have something fun planned for St. Patrick’s Day so make sure to check this place out!