Photos courtesy of Ko’Sin
By Gretchen Pahia
In the heart of the flourishing Southeast Valley, culinary gems dot the landscape, ripe with tantalizing aromas and delectable tastes. Among these treasures, Ko’Sin Restaurant, nested within the Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass, rises as a lustrous beacon of gastronomic delight. This unique destination, known for its dedication to indigenous Native American cuisine, offers a relaxed, yet elegant, ambiance, perfect for sharing unforgettable meals with your beloved ones.
Ko’Sin, meaning “kitchen” in the Pima language, serves as the stage where culinary magic unfolds. Helmed by the adept hands of Chef James Fuchs, this inviting space offers bistro-style cuisine interlaced with the authentic flavors harvested from the fertile soil of the Gila River basin. The ambiance echoes the vibrant Native American culture, further enriched by the awe-inspiring views of the neighboring Sierra Estrella Mountain Range. Choose from dining amidst nature’s grandeur outdoors or soaking in the indigenous artistry indoors, both options poised to enhance your gastronomic adventure.
The menu at Ko’Sin, curated with care, offers a selection that exalts Native American culinary traditions. Among the starters, the fresh-baked pretzel stands out, layered with a punchy whiskey mustard, smoked gouda, and delicate chives. This dish, though seemingly familiar, is transformed into a heavenly bite that will leave you yearning for more. Other appetizing options includethe creamy, velvety hummus that is an absolute must-try.
Journeying further into the menu, the show-stopping bacon-wrapped buffalo meatloaf is a unique, unparalleled delicacy that will tantalize your palate with its surprising flavors. The mammoth-sized chicken pot pie is another crowd-pleaser, brimming with succulent roasted chicken, rustic root vegetables, and enveloped in a golden, flaky puff pastry crust.
On the main course lineup, you’ll discover options like the grilled flat iron paired with smoked gouda mac, tender cauliflower hominy, and crowned with a silky hollandaise sauce. A tribute to the classic, the beef bourguignon is given a tasty touch with the addition of earthy mushrooms, roasted roots, and coated in a red wine shallot jam and natural jus.
An illustrious dining experience isn’t complete without a sip of liquid elegance. At Ko’Sin, the selection of refined cocktails, an impressive wine list, an array of local and imported beers, and refreshing non-alcoholic beverages are sure to satiate your thirst. And as for the sweet finale, the delectable desserts like the rich rocky road brownie, and the seasonal fruit crumble will take you to sweet nirvana.
Though walk-ins are welcomed at Ko’Sin, reservations are recommended to secure your culinary journey. While comfortably ensconced within the Sheraton Grand Wild Horse Pass Resort, 5594 W. Wildhorse Pass Blvd., Chandler, it’s not an exclusive haven for resort guests. Local gastronomes are invited to indulge in breakfast, lunch, or dinner, seven days a week. To uncover more about this enchanting culinary destination, visit wildhorsepass.com, or for reservations, call ahead at 602-385-5726.