Scottsdale Dining Review: Call Her Martina

Craig OuthierSeptember 2, 2022
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Call Her Martina
Opened: April 2022

Two things I immediately notice about this scene-y, wedding-day-white Modern Mexican restaurant at the Scottsdale Waterfront when I first spy it on Yelp: the odd name, which makes it sound like an Almodóvar movie, and the charred octopus in squid ink risotto ($65), an Instagram thirst-trap dish if there ever was one. Relax, mollusk-phobes – the rest of the tidy, balanced menu is much less octopus-y and more lunch-friendly, including Ceviche in the Dark ($26), a smoky, savory rendition of the après-beach favorite, with slick cubes of raw tuna “cooked” in a citrus-chile emulsion. You scoop up it all up with blue corn tortilla chips and it’s quite nice. From the “tacos + tostadas” section of the menu comes cochinita cazulea ($20), chile-braised Yucatán-style pork served in a small earthenware pot (read: a cazuela). The pork is fork-tender, and I like it, but I don’t “Barrio Cafe” like it, if you catch my meaning. Not enough empuje.

Charred octopus in squid ink risotto at Call Her Martina. Photo by Angelina Aragon
Charred octopus in squid ink risotto at Call Her Martina. Photo by Angelina Aragon

One more criticism: The Paloma cocktail ($14), made with top-shelf ingredients but distressingly dry, even for sugar-averse palates, I would think. The Tulum-esque bar lounge is loud, snug and tailored for lady-centric happy hours.

Wild Card: Get chilaquiles, pan de elote and more during daily brunch service (Tu-Su 9 a.m.-1 p.m.).

7135 E. Camelback Rd., 480-687-8592, callhermartina.com

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