Friday, August 26, 2011

Friday Night Photos: Frida Bistro in Salt Lake City

Fresh Swordfish Ceviche from Frida Bistro is a nice way to start a meal.

Salt Lake City's Frida Bistro is named for Frida Kahlo, and this charming eatery located in Salt Lake's warehouse district and specializing in "sophisticated Mexican Food" is as colorful as Ms. Kahlo's famous works of art.  When I went there for the first time about a month ago I could tell immediately that the food here was going to be worth photographing.  I enjoyed it so much that a few days ago I went there again with another Utah blogger, and once again the meal was colorful and delicious.  Here are some of the delightful dishes we sampled at Friday Bistro.

Shown at the top is Ceviche de Pez Espada, described on the menu as Fresh swordfish with lime, mango, pineapple, jicama, cilantro, and dragon fruit, served with blue corn tortilla chips.
Every meal starts with these complimentary appetizers of chile-flavored masa stuffed with cheese and surrounded by spiced pepitas.

The chips really are blue corn, despite this photo taken in bright light that washed out the color!   We enjoyed them with several flavorful salsas and some delicious guacamole.

Frida's has lots of delicious tacos, and these are Achiote-Marinated Pork Tacos with Grilled Pineapple and Sauteed Onions.  When you order tacos, there's a great salsa bar with toppings to add as desired.

This is Aguacate con Cangrejo or avocado stuffed with lump blue crab, sweet peppers, micro cilantro, and red onion with guajillo vinaigrette.  It was delicious and very diet-friendly for me!

Tacos de Carnitas are citrus-glazed, slow pork with onions and fresh cilantro.

Tamal Verde is an artichoke, asparagus, and queso fresco stuffed tamale with tomatillo salsa.

And if you can't resist the urge to order dessert, the flan is outstanding, and just the right size to share with a couple of friends!

If you're in Salt Lake, have you ever been to Frida Bistro?  If so, let us know in the comments about what you've eaten there.

545 West 700 South
Salt Lake City, Utah

Other Bloggers Visit Friday Bistro:
Vintage Mixer calls it "A Mexican fine-dining experience."
Nosh Maven says "One of the most unique restaurants in Salt Lake."
Gastronomic Salt Lake City says "I have been totally swept away by Frida Bistro."
More great reviews of Frida Bistro by local media.

Blogger Disclosure:
I paid for both the meals at Friday Bistro myself, and the restaurant did not know about or compensate me in any way for this post (although they may have figured out I was a blogger when I took photos of every course!)  I don't write official restaurant reviews, but I do like to write occasionally about Salt Lake City Restaurants, other Restaurants in Utah, or Restaurants in Other U.S. Cities where I've had great meals.
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  1. I'm making note of this! Next time I come to SLC I'm definitely making a visit--it looks delicious (love all the color)! That ceviche looks fabulous!

  2. Rachel, I think you'd love it. Let's get Dara and we'll all go together!

  3. Exquisite photos, Kalyn. Just saw your post on Twitter and the food looks delicious. I am telling Jim we are going to Frida's tomorrow instead of our usual Mexican restaurant before a movie.
    Thanks for the tip!

  4. Thanks Wanda; hope you guys really enjoy it!

  5. Looks delicious and wonderful photos... Even the best cooks need a bus man's holiday!

  6. Wow, those photos were mouth watering.

  7. Oh, WOW!!! If I don't quit drooling, I'm gonna short out my iPad!!!!!

  8. We have a Frida's in Chula Vista, Calif. and it's delicious. Like you said it's not your average Mexican restaurant. I've been there twice with several friends and family and it was a big hit both times.

  9. Thanks for the nice feedback about the photos. The first time I sat outside and I had to do a lot of editing to get the photos so they didn't look too washed out. I liked the second batch of photos best that I took inside but by a window (carnitas, tamale, ceviche.)

    Barb, I'm not sure this is the same company because Frida Bistro was started by a local Utah person who's been in the business of Mexican food for a long time. But what a great name for a Mexican Restaurant, right?

  10. Wow, Kalyn! I would go to that place all the time if I lived nearby. Every single item looks amazing. I'm partial to the crab-stuffed avocado dish (as always!), but the rest look incredible, too. :-) Thanks for sharing!


  11. Thanks Shirley. I'm guessing quite a few of these dishes would be gluten-free too.

  12. I love Frida's. How great that you got to have a fabulous meal there with Becky. Love her too.

  13. Barbara, we had such a good time, and of course the food was great!

  14. Hi Kalyn, thank you for the kind words and the recommendations...they are incredibly important to a small restaurant like ours (especially considering our location!). I'm glad you enjoyed your meals, we look forward to seeing you again!

    GM Frida Bistro

  15. Cody, my pleasure. I enjoyed my meals there so much that I'm sure I will return many times.


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