The Covenant in Phoenix
The Covenant is a good local foodie restaurant, in a part of town that really needed it. They went all out on remodeling the building to fit the bill. I love the fun chic vibe inside, but overall the choice of a blue color scheme in a restaurant is not the best idea. Blue is the most psychologically unappetizing color. It is the color of fungus and food that is turning, making it an automatic no go when it comes to wetting the appetite. The food that is good, is very good and the places where they miss the mark, they really miss the mark.
Let’s start with the bad. Brunch, when I visited the Covenant for Brunch there was no drink specials. According to their website they have since added $15 bottomless mimosas, but unless you want to get completely smashed on a Saturday or Sunday morning, a $5 Mimosa or Bloody Mary option like Rusconi’s has, across the street, would be the better offering in my opinion.
For food I ordered the Roasted Vegetable Fritata. The menu states that it is made with farm fresh eggs, spinach, seasonal vegetables, heirloom tomato, basil, goat cheese, arugula salad for $13. Below you can see the meal. There was no accompaniments, no side of potatoes or toast, or even salad like the menu states. Just the frittata, the salad is the green garnish you see on top. This was one of the worst breakfasts I may have ever ordered. I was hungry, it wasn’t very tasty, and I was disappointed that the salad was a sad garnish on top. I ended up ordering a side of toast and jam a la carte, making the subpar meal even more expensive. My brunch date ordered the biscuits and gravy. The eggs were cooked perfectly but the overall presentation on the dark blue plate looked unappetizing. He said that it was OK but nothing great. I wouldn’t recommend these two dishes, but there may be other items on the brunch menu worth ordering.
Lunch at the Covenant was AMAZING! I ordered the Grilled Cheese Melt white cheddar, sugar cured bacon, heirloom tomato, sourdough, with pesto tomato soup for $12 and I couldn’t be happier with it. The white cheddar cheese is so rich and flavorful, the sugar cured bacon and the heirloom tomatoes are perfect and the pesto tomato soup was delicious too. My mouth is literally watering right now as I write this. A definite hit!
Dinner at The Covenant was also good. We ordered the Half Roasted Chicken which comes with smashed fingerlings, roasted vegetables, pan sauce for $24 and the Butcher’s Steak which is pepper crusted hanger steak and comes with crisp fingerlings, roasted vegetables, cipollini onion jam for $29. Although both were good the Chicken was definitely the star of these two option. The skin was perfectly crusted and the potatoes and roasted vegetables were cooked to perfection. The Steak was good but really paled in comparison to the Chichen which was the star or the dinner. We also ordered an Espresso from their extensive coffee bar. It came in this fancy cup featured below and was very tasty!
The Dessert was to die for. I highly recommend saving room for the Berry Crostada. The flakey, buttery pastry was topped with roasted apple, fresh berries, drizzled with a sweet honey sauce and topped with fresh whipped cream. One of the best deserts around hands down.