At the end of March, I had occasion to dine at The Paris Restaurant and Zinc Bar & Grill which had been on my list for quite a bit. Their menu is extensive and filled with lovely traditional french cuisine with a few twists and I have had a visit in mind for some time.
I am happy to report that not only is the menu inviting but the food is wonderful as well!
The atmosphere is reminiscent of art deco with lovely music and a nice buzz of conversation. We ate early on a Sunday so we could get it in before heading back south to Provo and I was pleasantly surprised to see that the restaurant was steadily filling up.
The Zinc Bar is absolutely gorgeous and the tile and warm colors were perfect. This restaurant nestles into the historic Salt Lake City neighborhood at 15th and 15th next to my favorite market, Caputo’s! It’s like Foodie Heaven at 15th & 15th.
There were three of us eating and our starters were: lobster bisque, Foie Gras de Canard au Torchon (foie gras with caramelized pears and baguette) and Betteraves (a Salad of Beets, Fresh Goat Cheese, Arugula, Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Lemon).
The foie gras was outstanding and the portion was generous – everyone was able to share and agreed that it was delish! I had been craving foie gras like a crazy person so this was a particularly welcome dish for me!
The beet salad had heaps of fresh goat cheese and I can safely say that the beets were amazing! I have never seen my 14 year old ask for seconds or thirds of beets but he said that he would have the salad all to himself next time. The dressing was light and the perfect compliment to the beets and goat cheese.
I am sorry to say that we did not have a positive experience with the lobster bisque. Z-man had ordered that as a safe bet but, unfortunately, it was not edible. There was a distinct smoke taste that we could not identify and the soup was bitter. We would pass on that again. Our waiter was apologetic and removed it from our check.
I had ordered a refreshing Pinot Gris for the meal (Willm Pinot Gris Reserve. Alsace 2008) which was delightful and a perfectly complement to all aspects of the meal. The wine list was extensive and checked all the boxes for me!
Next came the entrees:
(White Wine Steamed Clams, San Marzano Tomato, Garlic, Sorrel)
- Daube de Boeuf à la Niçoise
(Beef Ragout, Provençal Olives, Tomato, Chanterelle Mushrooms, Fingerling Potato, Pearl Onions, Parpadelle Pasta)
- *Carré d’Agneau Grillé à la Provençale
(Grilled Australian Lamb Loin Chops, Herbs de Provence, Flageolets à la Provençale, Grilled Root Vegetables)
We had three hits for our entrees! The clams were nestled into a beautiful broth that was so flavorful and I think Z-man would have lifted it to drink if no one would have noticed. I admit to sneaking a baguette into the broth a few times!
The Beef Ragout was hearty and again, the flavors really came through. The pasta was well-cooked and the portion was very large – good thing my friend was hungry!
I am super fussy about my meat – I love it cooked rare and to that is harder for restaurants to get it right than you would think.
My lamb was right – oh so right! I had not had rack of lamb in quite some time and this was a fabulous dish and well-deserving of their house special status! The grilled root vegetables were good, although I would liked to have seen less of an array and for the chef to have chosen just a few to cook very well.
We wrapped our lovely meal in the only way that you can with a french meal – Mousse au Chocolat but we ended up being a bit disappointed. Being a connoisseur of Mousse au Chocolat, I was surprised to see our mousse … melting. The flavor was not so much chocolate as mocha. It was fine as desserts go but not the Mousse au Chocolat that we were expecting. It made me wonder if it was made in house or delivered in.
Looking at the ambitious (and large) menu, I wondered if the Paris Restaurant would live up to my foodie expectations and I have to say that it came fairly close. We enjoyed our meal, the service was attentive, the atmosphere warm and the food was good, but just good not AMAZING. I expected AMAZING.
The prices are fairly hefty but when the quality is there, no one minds paying the prices.
I would rate the Paris Restaurant a solid 8 out of 10 and while I would certainly go again, I would try somewhere new first.
I do highly recommend that you try it – it would be a marvelous place for a special occasion and I definitely will be returning simply to try the charming bar … and the foie gras!
Thank you to the Paris Restaurant and Staff for a lovely foodie experience – we will be checking back in around fall for that seasonal menu!