Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Oasis Cafe: One of My Favorites!

(Note from Kalyn: I've been kidnapped and am being held captive in the kitchen tied in an apron at Rand and Bradley's house. That's what happens when your creative brother has your blogger password. Luckily I had some posts prepared at home so I can break out of the kitchen long enough to publish them! Here's a report on a restaurant I visit often.)


If you haven't been to Salt Lake, I think you'd be surprised by the amazing dining options the city offers. After all, this was the home of the Winter Oympics. Now, Salt Lake offers the best of both worlds, with small city living combined with big city dining. I confess, I probably ate in restaurants more often before I was writing a cooking blog! Now if I'm going out to eat I have a standard list of about ten favorites that I kind of rotate among. There's no question that Oasis Cafe is pretty high on that list.



Oasis is attached to a new-age bookstore, and is housed in a Southwest-feeling building consructed especially to showcase these businesses. The space is inviting, with a lovely patio for outside dining, and lots of unique touches that make it an intersting place to be. The night I went there was the last day of school and I was celebrating with friends. We wanted a special meal, and Oasis certainly didn't disappoint.

If I ate at Oasis 100 times in a row, 99 of those times I would probably order the Mediterranean Salad, either with or without the grilled salmon which can be added. It's delicious, they are accomodating about letting me leave off the potatoes and have more of the other ingredients, and the hummus topping the salad is a touch that I love. On this visit, the chef agreed to give me the garlic vinaigrette recipe, but only on the condition that I don't post it on the blog!


One of my friends ordered a special of Sauteed Sea Scallops with Purple Coconut Mashed Potatoes, Sauteed Spinach, Red Pepper Puree and Chive oil. Totally yummy.

My other friend ordered a salad (which I forgot to photograph!) and the Crab Cakes, which were also delicious.

South Beach Dieters, cover your eyes. But after all it was the last day of school so we shared this amazing White Chocolate Cheesecake with Blackberry Compote and Coffee Brittle. Just incredible tasting.

If you're in Salt Lake and want to visit a place that offers low key dining with fine restaurant food quality, give Oasis a try. You'll see why it's one of my favorites!

Oasis Cafe and Bookstore
151 South 500 East, Salt Lake City, UT 84102

801 322 0404

Blogger Disclosure:
Some people at Oasis do know that I'm a food blogger, but we paid for the meal and they have no idea I'm writing this post about the restaurant. I don't really write restaurant "reviews" but once in a while I talk about restaurants in Salt Lake and Restaurants in other cities where I've had great meals.


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9 comments:

Crystal & Ryan - Café Cyan said...

Kalyn - too funny! Good thing you have some backup posts to keep us entertained :)

-Crystal

Melissa CookingDiva said...

great photos Kalyn, everything looks so delicious :-)
BTW, I agree with Ilva...I'll be happy to send the items, BUT can they send you here to Panama? :-)

Kalyn said...

Crystal and Ryan, thanks for visiting. I always try to have back-ups!

Melissa, I would love to come there and see you.

Paz said...

Have a wonderful time, even if you've been kidnapped. ;-)

Paz

mae said...

This is the funniest kidnapping ever reported, ever!

Kalyn, the size of those scallops! Now and again, i do get that size brought home to me by Fiance when he's out diving. The crabs equally sounds delicious! It inspires me for my next gifts from the sea...

By the way, i'm sorry i can't ransom you, my mum gave me fresh spinach from her garden the other day and i figured, since it might just wilt on the way to California, i ate them instead. I had you in mind though... lol.

mae said...

Btw, i forgot to mention, i really like your new 3-column look.

Kalyn said...

Paz, I am having such a great time.

Mae, I am glad you had me in mind when you ate the spinach! I'm glad you like the new look. We're still working on it, but I like it alredy.

Kalyn said...

Oops, that should say I like it already.

Virginie said...

Purple coconut mashed potatoes : how lovely must it be...

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