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Chanon Thai–Melt Your Face Deliciousness!

Face melting–that is right.

I had my first trip to Chanon Thai last week–and then quickly after that, a second trip.  I couldn’t stop thinking about it after trip number one.  The cozy & quaint location, the welcoming and kitschy decor, the scent of hundreds of spices wafting form the open kitchen, the lovely wait staff, and of course–the flavor of the beautiful food at Chanon Thai were like a dream…

A good friend of mine, who works at the record store across the street (Randy’s Records), had been telling us he went to Chanon at least once or twice a week for lunch. So before we all went to see a show a few nights back, we met at Chanon for dinner.  The first thing I noticed about their menu was that calories, carbs, and most ingredients were listed.  This was the most amazing thing for me, as my diet is still pretty strict.  The Calamari was breaded in whole wheat, so we went for it.  Hands down, this is the best and most fresh calamari I have had in Salt Lake.  The cuts of squid are large and the sauce is perfectly sweet and spicy.  There wasn’t a hint of chewiness or fishiness.  Perfection.

Chanon Thai has a large menu with many different selections–from seafood, pork, and chicken–to being able to order nearly any dish vegan.  I am particular to tofu in my Thai food, so we went with a large order of Tom Yum Soup, which was outstanding.  I love the lime in Tom Yum soup, and Chanon nailed it by using lime leaves, rather than the actual fruit.  Previously, I have loved the Tom Kha Gai soup at Thai Siam, but sometimes the lime can be a bit overwhelming.  Chanon Thai nailed that part. I could order just this and be super happy.

By now, we are pretty much full, but we have some amazing main courses coming as well.  I ordered the Gang Dang (Red Curry), which was so full of flavor–and also spicy.  I ordered the meal mild, since I am a baby when it comes to heat–and it was still pretty hot.  Chanon Thai offers mild, medium, and hot on a scale of 1 – 5.  If you can eat a 5, you are made of steel.  I have no idea how one can eat such spicy food!  My boyfriend ordered his meal at a 2 and the smell of it was even spicy.  However, for those who love things with a kick (or a BANG even), you will definitely not be looking for more heat at this restaurant.  And for those of you who are like me and can’t handle a lot–remember that even the mild food at Chanon Thai is spicy.

The Gang Dang had acorn squash, zucchini, eggplant, bamboo shoots, tofu, and everything else delicious.  The coconut mixed with the curry spice was creamy and filled with heat all at once.  This dish is a Thai food lovers dream.

Everyone couldn’t say enough about how enjoyable the food and service was at Chanon Thai.  It is certainly going to be one of those places I crave on a regular basis from here on out.  Go check it out for yourselves, melt your face with spicy tastiness, and support a great local spot.  I honestly don’t think you could order anything from this restaurant that wasn’t prepared with quality ingredients and lots of LOVE!

Chanon Thai

278 East 900 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84101

(801) 532-1177

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Dine O’ Round–Get Your Nosh On!

Dear Salt Lake City Locals:

It is finally Dine O’ Round time!

This is the best time of year to try some of those new restaurants you have been dying to dine at! The participant list this year boasts some of my favorites:

The Copper Onion
Bambara
Cannella’s
Eva
Faustina
Oasis Cafe
Settebello

AND SO MANY MORE! Tonight I will be using the Dine O’ Round menu and price to my advantage as I check out the new to Salt Lake, Zy…can’t wait!

Where will YOU be eating???

Let me know where you end up and what you loved. Salt Lake has some fantastic eats!

-Nosh

Sapa–Ancient and Modern Asian Fusion

On State Street and 722 South in Salt Lake City, you will find something that looks like it was transported from a century that SLC had no part in. Nonetheless, there sit ancient houses from Vietnam that are over 300 years old. It is a corner of the city that looks and feels as though an ancient Asian market town got lost somewhere in the universe and then eneded up in the land of Zion.

But don’t worry, this beautiful and delicately old strip of State Street is just another one of the amazing restaurants that Salt Lake City has to offer, Sapa. On the inside and out, Sapa has really outdone itself in regards to creating a certain “feel.” Bringing together ancient and modern decor is difficult, but I think that Sapa pulls it off beautifully. However, just like a beautiful bottle doesn’t always mean the wine is tasty– a restaurant that has the decor down, doesn’t mean the food is good.

But, it was. It REALLY was.

Our server, Justin, was pretty great. My friends and I are definitely a group who will take suggestions if they are given. When we asked Justin for a few suggestions, he didn’t hesitate. “Jalapeno Bomb!!” he cried!! You will love it!”. Oh, and he was oh so right. This was probably my favorite dish of the evening. For $7.50 you get jalapeños stuffed w/ cream cheese & spicy tempura tuna served w/ spicy trio sauce. Oh. Em. Gee. Please order this tasty appetizer when you eat at Sapa–that is a Nosh Maven order!

Also, among the other appetizers that we tried were Miso Soup (always gotta check that out) and the Gyoza. The Miso Soup was great–adding mushrooms to a traditional favorite. The Gyoza was…well, interesting. Not in a bad way, but different. While the discription on the menu was to be expected (freshly made, steamed & pan seared dumplings w/ pork, chives, vegetables served w/ homemade ponzu sauce), there was definitely some cinnamon and/or nutmeg flavor that had been added to the meat. Was it good? Sure. Was it what I was expecting? Nope. I didn’t love them as much as a traditional Gyoza dish, but they weren’t bad.

Then, there was the sushi. I wasn’t sure what to expect. I knew that Sapa served sushi, but they seemed more of a main dish type of restaurant–and you never know what you are going to get with those. However, the sushi was fresh, beautiful, colorful, and amazingly tasty. The two rolls of the evening: The Snow White (tempura shrimp, avocado & cucumber topped w/ scallion, fried onion & seared escolar) and the Black Magic (crispy rice topped w/ spicy tuna, scallion, masago & black pepper sauce on cucumber). Both rang in at $12 and both were awesome.

The main entrees of the evening did not disappoint either. The Coriander Seabass (pan seared Chilean sea bass seasoned w/ a house blend of Chinese 5 spice served over forbidden rice, sesame seed spinach and house made ponzu) was excellent. The fish was a smidge undercooked, but not enough to bother me–although some other guests at the table mentioned it. This dish will cost you $20, but it is quite worth the bill. It was so beautiful, I couldn’t stop photographing it. The sidedish of “forbidden” rice was awesome–the brown rice was much more texurized than the white, adding a really lovely mix of soft white rice and more grainy brown rice. The coriander was definitely present as well, which I loved.

And of course, a few noodle dishes were a must. Justin recommended the Drunken Noodles (flat rice noodles stir-fried w/ basil, garlic, tomato, sake & chili tofu paste), which were ordered with beef and we also ordered the Sapa Noodles (rice noodles stir-fried w/ egg, bean sprouts & green onion served w/ lime & peanuts) with Shrimp. Both were great, but the Drunken Noodles had a rich, almost smokey sauce that worked perfectly with the super tender beef. Noodle bowls will run you anywhere from $10 – $12, will fill you up, and will satisfy cravings like you wouldn’t believe. If you are looking to spend a little less–the noodles are a good way to go and there is plenty to share.

We didn’t have any room for dessert at this point (obviously), but that didn’t stop me from enjoying the Sake Sampler. I am personally a fan of chilled sake, as that is how sake is traditionally served. For $12, I was able to sample several: Diamond, Pearl, Ruby, Silver, Kurosawa. Ruby was my personal favorite–a little smoother with some nearly fruity notes. Delish! And of course, a bottle of Sake was had as well.

You can find Sapa at 722 South State Street in Salt Lake City. Get there–and check out their excellent catering and party menu as well. I can’t wait to see the amazing patio in the summer!

Make sure to check out their website for some beautiful photos!

sapabarandgrill.com

Vinto–Pears & Honey Make a Perfect Fall Lunch

Let me start this post with a question: why does anyone EVER eat at Chilis? Or Applebees? Or Olive Garden? Why OH why, when you can get amazing food at local eating establishments with fresh local fare that is priced sometimes far lower than these chain restaurants where everything served comes out of a frozen bag? I am baffled.

That brings me to quite a lovely local downtown restaurant called Vinto. Vinto is a charming little restaurant that has a modern feel. The decor and atmosphere are great for nearly every eating occasion you could think of–from a client lunch to a nice night out. Everything from the style and straight lines to the modern tables and chairs, all really create an atmosphere where you feel as though you are dining at a restaurant that pays attention to detail.

I was only at Vinto for a quick lunch, but since I had never been before, I really wanted to do a review of what we were able to try. I had heard that I could NOT pass up the artichoke appetizer, so that was first on my list to order. This is a wonderful dish that is very full of flavor and perfectly light for such an occasion. I have to say as well, never having been an arugula fan, I am starting to really like this bitter lettuce with other things such as tomatoes and artichokes, especial when a rich olive oil is involved. The Grilled Artichoke ($7.00) was delicious. It is served with shallot vinaigrette and arugula and you simply must have your server finish it off with some fresh ground black pepper. This stunning appetizer was close to perfection.

When I do a review, I try to order off the regular menu, as the specialty menus at restaurants (especially ones that are local) change quite often. However, on this occasion, there was a pizza on the specialty menu that I couldn’t pass up. For $12.00 they were offering a pizza dressed in brie and Utah pears, spicy honey glaze, and mozzarella. How do you say no to that? And I wasn’t disappointed. I was worried the pears may be overcooked and mushy. They were not. I was worried that the honey would be overwhelming. It was not. It was sort of a perfect concoction of sweet and savory. This pizza should be on the menu all time so that I can have it whenever I want (I am selfish like that). 🙂 It was delicious.

I also loved the fresh way the condiments came out with the pizza!

My friend Kristen ordered the Italian Chopped Salad ($8.50). It was light, but had a good mix of flavors. The pancetta that was diced up into small bits made for a great salty flavor against the Italian dressing, and the bread stick was pretty awesome too–crunchy and salty; a perfect match. The salad was certainly a nice light choice to go with the pizza.

As a “critic” (I hate that word), I have been tying to find something about my Vinto experience that I didn’t like. But really, I walked away full–but not over indulged. I really felt as though the ingredients were seasonal and as local as possible, which is really important to me as a consumer. The flavors were fresh, the service was good, and the prices were spot on. I am really looking forward to trying everything else on their menu. Everything from the coffee to the gelato to the pasta looks great. And as I always say, support our local business here in Salt Lake!! Let those chain restaurants go by the way side–there is just no reason to eat that frozen food in this wonderful city!

Find Vinto at:

418 East 200 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84111
phone: 801.539.9999
Email: service@vinto.com

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