Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Fine Dining in Park City, Utah

Reprint from my other blog: Nov 2013

Taking a quick family vacation to Park City, Utah, this fall, I didn't expect to find a culinary mecca - but we were pleasantly surprised by the fine food along old Main Street in historic Park City.  We sampled several places around town, but if I had to recommend a restaurant, it would have to be 412 Bistro on Main Street.  Not only is it an adorable and convenient French restaurant, but it knows duck like it should be prepared. The "Duck Three Ways" is one of the best duck meals I've ever had - and I do appreciate a well prepared duck.  Though the chef recommends medium rare, I would definitely say medium to medium well, and if you do it that way, it is absolutely succulent.  The pan roasted breast is sweet and meaty, but it's the duck confit leg that is done to perfection - the meat is tender and the spices are a perfect complement. And, the duck pate? It is butter, absolute butter-y goodness. We also enjoyed a couple of finely paired glasses of French syrah that went well with a nearly perfect bowl of french onion soup.  The soup can be a bit of a cliche, and too often it's not done well. But Bistro 412 knows how to extract the best from the onions, cheese, bread, and broth. It was worth a second bowl - seriously. I have some criticisms of the escargot, as it was a bit too bread-y, and the broth was simply standard. The bouillabaisse was also well done with some wonderful crab, though the broth wasn't any more special than the escargot.  Service at Bistro 412 was pleasant and efficient, and we started the evening around the fire pit outside - amidst great views and snow flurries.  And, I'd like to share some thoughts on dessert … but there just wasn't room.  Overall, a great meal in Park City.

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