One-of-a-kind Toca Madera Redefines Scottsdale’s Food Scene

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If Cirque du Soleil were a restaurant, it would be Toca Madeira.

When participants walk out of a Cirque du Soleil show, you hear them say three sentences: “Wow”. “It was amazing.” “I can’t wait to see this again. “

This is exactly how you will feel when you step out of Toca Madera after having had what will undoubtedly be the most incredible meal you have ever had.

There is a lot to take in and absorb in Toca Madera.


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The creators of Toca Madera have carefully organized all elements of the restaurant – including its visually stunning design – to elicit an unparalleled sensory experience. There are the bartenders who pass off the character of Tom Cruise in “Cocktail” for an amateur. There is the trumpeter who hits alluring notes as he walks between the tables. There is the singer with such a haunting voice that it feels like you’ve walked into a dream instead of a restaurant. And, of course, there are the fire dancers.

But this is a restaurant and when it comes to food, Toca Madera is in a league of its own. The restaurant reinvents traditional Mexican cuisine by taking a modern approach by combining local ingredients with bold flavors. But to classify Toca Madera as a Mexican restaurant would do a disservice to the incredible creativity that has made Toca Madera a pioneer in the Arizona food scene. Its menu is designed to offer a range of options for every eater, including the most delicious gluten-free options available in Arizona.

The great thing about Toca Madera is that you can close your eyes and point your finger at the menu and you will be served the most amazing dish of your life. Each dish is exceptional. That said, some must-try dishes include:

• The Calamari Frito ($ 18), mixed and breaded with spicy jalapeño and cilantro and served with a citrus and avocado sauce, will make you want to order a second round, but save space on your stomach.

• Baja Style Poke ($ 20) will make you forget about all the poke bowls you’ve ever eaten.

• Chef’s Enchiladas ($ 30) with free-range chicken tinga, chipotle-sprinkled tofu (vegan) or exotic mushrooms (vegans) offer vegans the most delicious vegan option in Arizona. And meat lovers will love the bold flavors in the Chicken Tinga.

• Amarillo scallops ($ 35), pan-seared scallops served with ahi amarillo, salsa, chimichurri and lime roasted pepitas will make you think you are at the ocean’s edge. They are perfect.

And then there are the cocktails – which are shows in themselves. Toca Madera’s signature farmhouse cocktails by the glass use only fresh, seasonal ingredients, and its vibrant bar program features a wide selection of the best tequilas and mezcals, as well as a rotating selection of wines from around the world.

Toca Madera is a wonderful blend of traditional dishes served with a modern twist in a unique environment. It is a culinary experience not to be missed.

Toca Madera Scottsdale

Site: 4736 N. Goldwater Blvd., in Scottsdale Fashion Square

Telephone: 480-930-4357

Reservations: tocamadera.com, opentable.com


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