Restaurant review roundup – January 2018 April 6, 2018January 5, 2018 by Stuart Melling Celeste – ravioli incavolati. Photo Talyn Sherer of Slug MagA smaller roundup this month as we recap the musings of local writers, bloggers and podcasters from the past couple months. Understandable of course, obsessed as we’ve all no doubt been with turkeys, stuffing and potatoes. Now lets not mention those again till November, deal? On with the good stuff then…Reviews and write upsAlamexo Cantina (SLC) http://www.sltrib.com/artsliving/food/2017/12/07/intriguing-food-colorful-vibe-and-star-tequilas-make-it-easier-to-accept-the-high-final-tab-at-salt-lake-citys-new-alamexo-cantina/Amour Cafe (SLC) https://www.cityweekly.net/utah/spreading-the-love/Content?oid=6803767Bhutan House (Sandy) http://www.sltrib.com/artsliving/food/2017/12/20/5-reasons-why-you-should-eat-at-this-new-family-owned-restaurant-in-a-sandy-strip-mall/Celeste (Murray) https://www.slugmag.com/food-reviews/celeste-ristorante-authentic-italian-fare/Celeste (Murray) http://www.sltrib.com/artsliving/food/2018/01/04/celeste-ristorante-tuscan-heaven-in-a-murray-strip-mall/Makanmakan – laska. Photo Enrique Limón of City WeeklyMakanmakan (Sandy) https://www.cityweekly.net/utah/unfor-goat-able/Content?oid=7070784Mandarin (Bountiful) https://saltlakemagazine.com/mandarin-new-perspective/Nomad Eatery (SLC) https://www.cityweekly.net/utah/flavor-on-the-western-front/Content?oid=6987841Pallet (SLC) https://straighttalkfood.com/2018/01/pallet-salt-lake-city-utah/Poppies Bakery And Cafe (SLC) http://utahstories.com/2017/11/poppies-bakery-cafe/Purgatory (SLC) http://www.sltrib.com/artsliving/food/2017/12/14/is-this-new-salt-lake-city-restaurant-culinary-heaven-or-hell-neither-its-purgatory/Saffron Valley – murgh biryani dum style. Photo Adam FinkleSaffron Valley (Sugar House) https://saltlakemagazine.com/dining-murgh-biryani-dum-style/Seasons Plant Based Bistro (SLC) https://www.cityweekly.net/utah/turn-turn-turn/Content?oid=7153701Sweet Lake Biscuits And Limeade (SLC) http://www.hometownslop.com/2017/09/25/sweet-lake-biscuits-limeade/Sweet Lake Biscuits And Limeade (SLC) https://www.cityweekly.net/utah/how-sweet-it-is/Content?oid=7235760Tonkotsu (West Valley City) https://www.slugmag.com/food-reviews/tonkotsu-shabu-shabu-bar/Yeah Hot Pot And Grill (West Jordan) http://www.sltrib.com/artsliving/food/2017/11/30/the-food-at-yeah-hot-pot-amp-grill-is-so-good-you-wont-want-to-share-but-its-more-fun-if-you-do/PodcastsArentina’s Best Empanadas https://www.theutahfoodie.com/podcast/restaurants/episode-69-shaping-salt-lake-city-one-empanada-at-a-timeFisher Brewing https://www.theutahfoodie.com/podcast/72/fisherbrewingcoRose Establishment (SLC) https://www.theutahfoodie.com/podcast/coffee-shops/episode-71-the-rose-establishment-bloom-where-you-are-plantedRustic Tomato http://www.iamsaltlake.com/episode-308-jason-moffat-rustic-tomato/Table X (Millcreek) https://www.theutahfoodie.com/podcast/73/tablexTrolley Wing Company http://www.iamsaltlake.com/episode-305-trolley-wing-company/Mixed bagBest of 2017 http://www.sltrib.com/artsliving/food/2017/12/27/8-utah-restaurant-dishes-we-would-order-again-and-again-in-2018/Cliff Dining Pub chef Rene Negron profile http://utahstories.com/2017/12/head-chef-rene-negron-cliff-dining-pub/Yoshi’s Eddee Johansen profile http://utahstories.com/2017/12/king-fast-casual-dining-eddee-johansen-yoshis-japanese-grill/French dips https://saltlakemagazine.com/take-french-dip-3-takes-classic-american-sandwich/Stanza chef Jonathan LeBlanc profileCajun Cred: Stanza’s New Chef, Jonathan LeBlanc2017 top 10 https://www.femalefoodie.com/restaurant-reviews/top-10-viewed-posts-2017/Stuart MellingHi, 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 a critical obsession with rice, alliteration and the use of too many big words I don’t understand. What they’re saying about me: “Not inaccurate” “I thought he was older” “I don’t share his feelings” Signup to our free newsletter and never miss a single update. We will send you an email just once per week with every story from the last seven days. You can signup for free here. This article may contain content provided by one of our paid partners. These are some of the best businesses in Utah. The current businesses we work with include: BGR Bourbon House BTG Wine Bar Caffe Molise Cafe Niche Current Fish & Oyster Feldman's Deli Kyoto Log Haven Oasis Cafe Saffron Valley SLC Eatery Stanza Italian Bistro Taqueria 27 Whiskey Street White Horse For a list of all our past relationships see our historical partnerships.