I had to give last weeks round-up a miss for other gustatory pursuits. Las Vegas and its culinary delights beckoned for the thanksgiving holiday. Suffice to say I am very thankful for the likes of Thomas Keller’s Bouchon, Zine in the Palazzo and N9NE steakhouse over at the Palms. I digress. To catch up, this week sees a bumper crop of reviews.
Diva’s Cupcakes & Coffee: 1560 E. 3300 South, Salt Lake City UT, (801) 485-0619
Tulie Bakery & Cafe: 863 E. 700 South, Salt Lake City, (801) 883-9741
Les Madeleines Patisserie and Café: 216 E 500 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84111, (801) 355-2294
Food for Thought: 12640 Fort St, Draper, 84020, (801) 576-9161
Review: Salt Lake Tribune review
It seems Vanessa Chang has been keeping careful note of the all the new developments in the bakery world. This week Vanessa conducts a brief survey of old and new alike. Universal praise from Vanessa. If you are in their respective locales, all seem to be worth a stop in, should you be looking for a pastry fix.
Vanessa is less enthusiastic in her review of Oasis Cafe. The once vegan/veggie only eatery has now branched into a more rounded menu, serving up food for us carnivores too. Nostalgia tempers her criticism as she finds both the food and service to be inconsistent. It’s been years since I’ve visited Oasis Cafe, so long that I can hardly recall the experience, anyone else been lately?
Ted Scheffler of the City Weekly reports on the great success of Ogden’s relatively new Zucca Trattoria. The restaurant is focused on a type of Italian cuisine that may be unfamiliar to many. Gone are the alfredo sauces and meatballs, instead say hello to mouth watering sounding dishes like “monkfish loins in thyme-spiked Bordelaise sauce”. This looks like a sure fire winner to try if you are in the Ogden region.
A big thumbs up from Ted on the ever expanding Tsunami empire. The original location in Sugarhouse has now morphed into a local chain of three, including Union Heights and River Park. Tsunami offers the usual sushi and sashimi fare, with its own fusion twist with items such as fish “poppers”. Ted’s only word of warning is the price, but then, good sushi is never cheap.
3956 W. 13400 South, Riverton
Review: Deseret Morning News review
Cheaper eats can be found at Riverton’s Mark Anthony’s. According to Stacey Kratz of the Deseret Morning News Mark Anthony’s “serves up lovingly made, high-quality Italian food with plenty of unique twists, at a price point that is significantly lower than I expected”.
Stacey’s other review is of Lunaberry. Lunaberry serves up an odd concoction of crepes and yoghurts, certainly a conceptual mix new to me. Still a little confused after Stacey’s review I checked their site out and they seem to be heavily into the healthy vibe popular right now.
South China House
428 E. 900 South, Salt Lake City
Review: In Utah This Week review
William Hampton of In Utah This Week checks out the “affordable; large and varied menu” on offer at South China House. The Chinese options on the menu are bolstered with several Vietnamese options, including the ever popular pho. William concludes that the food is decent enough; yet you might need to ask your server for a few extras to get there.
In Utah This Week’s other review is from Amy Spencer who waxes lyrical on the virtues of Bangkok Thai Talay. Amy mainly comments on the vegetarian options. I personally have never been partial to Bangkok Thai, indeed a previous visit ended in a surreal Larry David-esque argument over the number of shrimp in a dish. Thai food is certainly a much debated cuisine though, so each to their own.
Finally this week, Your Heart Out’s Courtney Buell continues the blog’s food reviews outside of SLC. This weeks review is of Sammy’s Cafe in Provo. Sammy’s is a burger and fries kinda place, but offers up the scarily sounding “pieshakes”. For those not in the know a pieshake is “essentially a shake that has an entire slice of pie blended into it” and according to Courtney is “Heaven in a Cup”.
And on that quite frankly disturbing note, I bid you farewell and a great weekend!
Hi, I’m Stuart, nice to meet you! I’m the founder, writer and wrangler at Gastronomic SLC and The Utah Review; I’m also a former restaurant critic of more than five years, working for the Salt Lake Tribune. I’ve worked extensively with other local publications from Utah Stories through to Salt Lake Magazine and Visit Salt Lake.
I’m a multiple-award winning journalist and have covered the Utah dining scene for more than a decade. I’m largely fueled by Uinta Cutthroat, alliteration and the use of too many big words I don’t understand. I ate all the pies.