Check out these New Year Eve’s dining specials December 31, 2020December 29, 2020 by Stuart Melling Stanza bar areaIt’s time to raise a glass, fork, spoon; heck even a club, lets just dispatch with 2020 as swiftly as we can. On the menu this year, it’s slimmer pickings than recent years, but there are still a few seats around town if you’re at a loose end. You will need to act fast mind you, with restaurants operating at 60% or less capacity for spacing issues, tables will be limited. Here’s a look at some of the best NYE dining options I’ve come across.PorchFour course menu with wine pairings, $65 (food only $40) menu:Roasted tomato confit and Gournay cheese crostiniStarter choice of Porch salad orGinger butternut soup Main choice of Wild mushroom barley risotto, pine nuts, truffle, gremolataProsciutto-wrapped salmon, miso cream cheese grits, fresh winter vegetable, fig balsamic glazeGrilled pork tenderloin, roasted fingerling potatoes, winter vegetables, maple gastriquePrime tRib, buttermilk whipped potatoes, winter vegetables, au jusDessert choice ofFamous Banana Puddin’Carrot Cake, cream cheese chevre frosting, candied walnutsFlourless Chocolate Decadence, salted caramel sauceStanza Five course prix fixe, menu.Starter choice ofWintertime salad, Spring mix & frisee, red onion, apple slices, crisp ‘prosciutto pine nuts pepitas and candy pecans, blue cheese champagne fennel vinaigretteShrimp & crab arancini, frisee, shaved fennel, red onion, artichoke 5 pepper jelly, arugula, marinated tomato lemon tarragon dill vinaigretteMain choice of Spicy pork ragu with red pepper torch kurobuta pork shoulder braised in Campari tomato broth rapini, crisp roasted garlic cloves, charred Fresno pepper, fried shallotsSpinach & red pepper tortellini, tartufo asiago tortellini, sundried tomato., Olted chicken pesto cream sauce fried lion’s mane mushroom, cranberry goat cheese quenelle roasted almonds and hazelnutBlackberry sage sorbetChoice ofSeared scallops, sweet com and poblano risotto, grilled asparagus, ‘,roc candy bacon Green onion and red pep, hay, alep, berme blancRibeye cap, red new potato pontabla mash, wild mushrooms, green onion, cotto prosciutto broccolini with roasted garlic & parmesan, fig demi-glaceDessert choice of Classic tiramisu, Solstice chocolate, espresso sauceMadagascar chocolate cheesecake, raspberry sauce, vanilla mascarpone cream, fresh berriesPagoFive course tasting menu $95 plus $45 wine pairing, menu.Amuse ruche of Yukon tots and caviarStarter choice ofBroiled crab legsPotato gnocchi Crispy delicata squashIntermezzo of whipped ricotta, honey comb, salt roasted pearsMain choice of Pan seared scallopsRoasted duck breastPotato agnolottiBraised lamb shankDessert choice ofBread puddingChocolate cremeauxKey lime curdCurrent Fish & OysterFour course menu, $80 per person, menu.Starter choice ofGrilled oystersSeared ahiLocal burrataChoice of House saladClam chowderBeet & squash saladMain choice of Seared scallopsCaramelized organic salmonGrilled swordfishKalbi short ribDessert choice of Yuzu possetChocolate and beetroot cakeGelato sundaeTuscany Four course menu, $135 per person, more details.Starter hoice ofCocoa braised duroc pork riblettsAsiago baked oystersChoice ofWild mushroom bisqueBeet saladMain choice ofBraised veal osso buco8 oz. beef tenderloin stroganoffNorwegian hzlibut oscarDessert choice ofBerry grape-fulTik-Tok chocolate clockFinca Four course tasting menu $75 plus $30 wine pairing, menu.Welcome of warm olives & almondsTapas choice ofRoasted carrotsSautéed prawnsSpanish ham & cheese fritterLamb, beef & pork meatballsMain choice ofRioja braised lamb shoulderSalmonBraised beef short ribPaellaDessert choice ofChurrosCheesecakeFranck’s Five course prix-fixe, $135 per person, menu.Kombu cured diver scallop, apple miso, wasabi-caviar, shiso oil, pickled daikon, jasmine rice streusel, flake salt, sprouted daikonMeyer lemon velonte, yogurt, candied pork belly, roasted couscous, chickpea salad, masala gheeHalf sashimi Tasmanian ocean trout, champagne barley risotto, drunken golden raisin, lobster “roll”, pickled hazelnut, fried enoki mushroom, aerated lobster, chervilScore 6 Ranger Valley wagyu beef sirloin & truffle crusted wagyu beef cheek, wagyu fat- marble potato salad, porcini duxelles, ember roasted endive, fermented blackberry, blackberry-peppercorn emulsion, nasturtiumWarm yeast risen donut, yuzu glaze, sake poached Asian pear, milk chocolate yuzu pudding, Asian pear crumb, prickly pear meringue & gelatoFrom ScratchFour course prix fixe menu.Amuse bouche of crostini with fresh mozzarellaHouse saladSalmon BisquePan seared petite tenderloin with grilled prawnsZabaglioneOthers Veneto – offering a six-course traditional NYE fish menu $275, plus $175 for optional wine pairings. Kimi’s – live music and regular menu. Fleming’s Steakhouse at The Gateway, four course wine dinner, $65 per person.Keep your distanceLast Hurrah SLC (David Newkirk Photography)Or for something more informal, check out this years edition of The Last Hurrah at The Gateway. The event is now in its fourth year and is SLC’s official New Year’s bash. While a select number of reserved spots are still available for attending in person – this year sees the whole shebang live-streamed for the ultimate in socially distanced celebrating.The event will see a 45 minute pre-show to the countdown and fireworks featuring live music from The Cool presented by Social Antidote to kick off the virtual party. An array of prizes will be given out every 20 minutes to viewers online.If you do stop by in person, plenty of places will be open for late dinner and snacks including include HallPass, Dave & Buster’s, The Store, and Rocket Fizz. You can stream the event via LasthurrahSLC.com, AttheGateway.com and the YouTube Chanel – The Gateway.Update: NYE specials at HallPass include:Colossal Lobster – Stone crab clawsGraffiti Bao – BBQ duck sizzling hot potHibachian – 8 oz. beef filetWaffadopolis – Molten chocolate cakeNew newsTaco Land exterior (Salt Plate City)Taco Land – The space emptied by Salvadoran Cafe Guanaco on the corner of 27th and 5th has been vacant for a while now. That is until recently when the taco-centric Taco Land opened up shop. You can see the menu here which focuses on everything from tacos de guisado (think homestyle/comfort food) through to local specials like the Wasatch BBQ beef taco.Rio Grande Cafe – This landmark restaurant temporarily shuttered some eight or nine months ago; but due to earthquake damage (so I hear) at the historic Rio Grande facility, it never re-opened – until now that is – well in a different spot. These days the business is owned by the same group that runs the popular Porcupine Pub. The return of the RGC sees the group close down the University Porcupine location and replace it with this classic Mexican restaurant. No word yet on whether the change is permanent.Review round-upNohm (Salt Lake City)During a regular year, one of our most popular recurring features are the review roundups – monthly recaps of all the reviews and write-ups hitting newsstands. For the most part I’ve shelved the format, what with reviews being thin on the ground. Things are now starting to pick up though ,so it feels like it’s about time to bring this feature back though.First up a trio of pieces by the late Mary Malouf: Nomad Eatery, Current Fish And Oyster and Nohm, the latter of which she takes umbrage at this piece. As I wrote on Facebook – its a timely reminder that while we definitely didn’t see eye to eye on every last subject, we had a helluva time laughing and debating why over a glass or three. Mary had a lot of time for Gastronomic SLC when others looked down their noses at the interloping ‘blogger’. You’ll never find trite words like nice, delicious, yummy or otherwise in her writing, something I try to emulate all the time. I hope I grow up to be half as talented.In Utah Stories, Ted Scheffler checks out Yurt dining at St Regis, yours for only a $250 rental fee and minimum $1250 minimum dinner spend. The French fare over at the new Brasserie 7452 seems more accessible for us mere mortals though, and it’s nice to see more French options. Scheffler also writes about the comfort food charms of Woods Cross’ Lorena’s Mexican Restaurant and the Easterly migrated Nomad East.More struggling businessesAs per a recent post, I’ll be highlighting businesses that need your help as I hear about them. This week, two more came across my desk. The downtown Himalayan Kitchen, a 16 year staple, is apparently having real issues holding on. See more here. Meanwhile, the Sandy based Potstickers Plus 1 is seeking to raise cash via Go Fund Me, also facing tough times.In other newsYes you can start a tequila company in UtahExpanded outdoor dining approvedHappy Dumpling profile10 p.m. curfew endedLiquor commission vents at lawmakersRestaurant owners fight to stay openUtah restaurants cheer new billStuart 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. 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