Naked Fish No More

naked fish japanese bistro uni nigiri on sushi bar counter

Nearly ten years may have passed, but I still recall every vivid detail from one of the most enjoyable meals of my life. Operated under the watch of the now departed Charlie Trotter, our kaiseki experience unfurled course by course, crafted by our own private chef and poured and paired by our own private sommelier. … Read more

Dining Out: HSL

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Restaurants tend to be as every bit ephemeral as the dishes they serve. In a world where today’s bus boy is tomorrow’s sous chef – a restaurant is very much an ensemble piece, a fluid orchestra of players carefully conducted. At HSL in Salt Lake City, Briar Handly is the maestro, marshaling together an incredibly … Read more

Dining out: Summer in the mountains

reefs sampler plate

Don’t let the current falling temperatures fool you. We’ve still many days left to our Dante-inspired Summer weather. And that means several opportunities to justify an escape to various canyons and mountains. Here’s a roundup of a few dining options from my own recent travels. Reef’s Restaurant – I can’t imagine the space for this … Read more

Showcase: Naked Fish Japanese Bistro

naked fish japanese egg yolk confit

For those of you that don’t follow us on Instagram – here’s a quick reminder – you should. The following is a recap of our most recent restaurant showcase, in which we featured some of the spectacular cuisine crafted by one of our Local Partners, Naked Fish Japanese Bistro. For my money, Naked Fish is … Read more

Best of 2015 as decided by, you…

Naked Fish Sashimi selection during 2015 omakase

Tired of those boring end of year lists written by folks who couldn’t tell a blini from a bellini? If so, might we tempt you a list created by, well you, our super smart reader? Excellent. In no particular order then, here’s what got you guys the most excited and hot under the collar this … Read more

Showcase: The Annex By Epic

The Annex By Epic: Griddled spot prawns and artichoke barigoule / harissa emulsion, fennel, lemon.

If you don’t follow Gastronomic SLC on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram you might not have seen our very first featured showcase. If that’s the case please do take a moment to review your life choices up until this point. Good? Let’s move on. Throughout June we covered the sterling cuisine of The Annex By Epic … Read more

The Annex by Epic Brewing Company review

cod brandade by annex epic brewing

Check out our sister site The Utah Review today, for my latest piece on Annex by Epic Brewing. The Sugarhouse brewpub has a new chef, menu and look. Frankly it’s safe to say you can forget everything you’ve previously heard about this joint – it’s a completely new enterprise under chef Craig Gerome. Just take … Read more

Faustina small plates menu

faustina fried goat cheese

Decisions, decisions, decisions. It’s the season of decisions. What to buy. What to serve. How to cook a mostly bland fowl. Hint: all the recipes add more butter than bird for good reason. Should I sit crazy aunt Edna next to drunk uncle Bob, and do I have enough medical supplies for the ensuing carnage? … Read more

On the matter of anonymity

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Of late, I seem to have been embroiled in more than one debate about anonymity and the life of a restaurant critic. Rather than simmer in a pot of my own angry pho and rant in silence (e.g. at my long suffering wife), I figured I’d just put down my own two penneth on the … Read more