Thai food is the *hot* topic in the round-up this week. Maybe the cold snap elicited strong desires for spicy food. Perhaps the planets were perfectly aligned, or maybe there is some Thai holiday I’m unaware of. Whatever the reason, all three major publications cover Thai restaurants this week.
754 E. South Temple, Salt Lake City
(801) 328-8424First up The Salt Lake Tribune‘s Vanessa Chang heads down to Sawadee Thai. Thumbs up from Vanessa. My own experience of Sawadee was well over a year ago. I will say the service was excellent and the restaurant certainly a nice, sleek contemporary space. Although the food wasn’t bad, it didn’t rock my world. Sawadee does seem to be constantly packed out though, a second visit is probably in order.
Chanon Thai Cafe
278 E. 900 South, Salt Lake City
In the City Weekly Ted Scheffler’s Thai cravings are sated at Chanon Thai Cafe. Ted’s review is just one of many positive reviews of Chanon over the last few months. It sounds like those guys must be doing something very right. Commentators on the City Weekly web site show just how wide people’s opinion differ on this very popular cuisine.
Bangkok Thai Talay
3142 S. Highland Drive, Salt Lake City
The third and final Thai review comes courtesy of Stacey Kratz in the Deseret Morning News. Stacey checks out Bangkok Thai Talay, the latest highland drive incarnation of the former foothill based Bangkok Thai.
India Fusion Restaurant
7726 Campus View Drive, Suite 120 in West Jordan
Veering off the Thai track, Kelly Ashkettle of In Utah This Week stops by the curiously monikered India Fusion restaurant in West Jordan. Apparently the fusion element is essentially American food: “so you can enjoy your Tandoori chicken while your less-adventurous buddy chows down on a burger and fries or some mozzarella sticks”. The fusion doesn’t stop there as their menu on-line also covers Italian and Mexican dishes. Oddly, Kelly notes belly dancing is a feature on Saturdays. One does wonder if they are trying a little too hard to be everything to everyone.
The Mediterranean Market & Deli
3492 S. State Street, Salt Lake City
Danny ‘dude food’ Kourianos of the Your Heart Out blog chows down at the Mediterranean Market and Deli. Top notch sandwiches are the order of the day. Indeed it seems this long time established deli knocks out killer sandwiches with Danny heaping plenty of praise saying: “it’s the tastiest Italian combo I’ve had in the city”.
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