Why did it take me so long to eat at The Tin Angel? This is the question I have been asking myself for a week. Since The Tin Angel opened its doors, I have never heard a negative thing about it–so I have no idea why on earth it took me so long to check it out; and, I feel a little embarrassed that it was kind of an accident!
We were heading to The Star of India, when my boyfriend changed his mind at last minute…and we were off to The Tin Angel instead. He had eaten there for lunch, but this was going to be a new dinner experience for the both of us.
We were lucky they had an open table…
The atmosphere at The Tin Angel is right up my alley. Eclectic, yet you feel at home. Modern, but welcoming. The walls are adorned with all sorts of colorful art and the place settings, as well as glassware, almost feel as though you have pulled them from your own cabinet at home. The service was great and while the food is tasty enough that this could be a “stuffy” place, it is just the opposite.
We started with a nice glass of the house red wine (Canyon Oaks, $5) and a Manhattan with local High West Rye ($8.50).
Next, a few tapas for appetizers. The Artichoke Risotto Cake ($4.50) and the Sweet Potato & Truffle Timbal ($4.50). The flavor of the Sweet Potato dish was outstanding. Light, but incredibly full with complex notes. The few bites we got to enjoy of this small dish were heavenly. The risotto cake was a great compliment to this rich sweet potato, as it was much more dense and had a more basic flavor (please note, “basic” doesn’t mean not delicious!). The risotto was creamy and rich, but not overwhelming. Both tapa plates were incredible.
For our main dishes, I ordered the Gnocchi with Gorgonzola Cream Sauce ($12.50), which The Tin Angel touts as a ‘house favorite’ and my boyfriend ordered the Spring Sirloin Filet ($26.50), which was on special for the evening.
I have been having a love affair with Gnocchi lately, but this Gnocchi dish was ridiculous. It is definitely a ‘house favorite’ for a reason. The gorgonzola cream sauce is insanely luscious, silky, and absolutely to die for. The gnocchi was perfectly cooked, without any sogginess at all. This is one of those dishes that you savor every single bite.
This lavender and espresso rubbed sirloin was killer. The steak is served with a red beet potato cake and fresh veggies–which were all cooked to perfection. My boyfriend isn’t a huge fan of beets, but the potato/beet cake was a lovely paired with the espresso. The dish is then finished with a blue cheese mousse (oh my…) and a port wine reduction. The steak was cooked at the chef’s suggestion of medium rare and with every bite, there was a little head shake of deliciousness–you know what I am talking about–when something is so good all you can do is shake your head. Yup, that happened a lot.
For dessert, we ordered the bread pudding, which flavor changes seasonally (this is always a good sign as flavors SHOULD change seasonally). For our autumn dessert, the bread pudding was chocolate and carmel and if I close my eyes, I can still taste its warm silky flavor. Holy moly.
Obviously, cleaning our plate was an understatement.
Listen, don’t be silly like I was and put off going to The Tin Angel. It is far too good to pass up. The price range is great because you can live it up, or stay pretty moderate. The food is awesome and the people are welcoming. I am going back soon, I promise.
The Tin Angel
365 West 400 South
Salt Lake City