Believe it or not, Salt Lake City is a happening restaurant town, and last night I had the best meal
yet after living here for over 3 years and skiing here yearly for the last 14.
The Globe Cafe By Moonlight was featured in the local
rag City Weekly and the dishes sounded so intriguing that I made a point to stop by on my way to the Jazz game. The restaurant is at 264 S Main, conveniently located right across from the Gallivan Center light rail station.
The room itself is absolutely gorgeous, and service was the equal of any of my fine dining experiences, something to be said for Salt Lake!
Things started off right with a single bite of pineapple salsa with a dab of soft blue cheese to tease the palate.
As it was snowing I wanted to know what the soup of the day was, or soup exploration as it is aptly called at the Globe. As soon as I heard the words "corn" and "lobster" I ordered it, expecting a hearty chowder-like concoction.
The bowl I received contained neither corn nor lobster...only a rich orange hued opaque broth
with a few bits of cilantro for garnish. Lightly
perfumed with cardamom, the broth presented the perfect
balance of lobster and corn essence even though it contained neither in solid form. Amazing...
While they were out of my first choice on the menu, an intriguing scallop dish, as well as one of the dishes mentioned in the review, a venison raviolini appetizer,
they did have another appetizer I had noticed in the review.
The Asian Beignets were to die for...perfectly cooked beignets with chunks of monkfish in them, served with a white corn/fresno pepper relish with an orange sambal cream sauce for dipping which provided quite a nice afterburn on top of the relish.
Since they had run out of the raviolini, I opted to go for the venison entree. I'm guessing I would have been equally pleased with any of them...each dish was as edgy and intriguing as the next, with all categories represented except beef.
I have enjoyed many fine venison dishes over the years...never a bad one in fact, but this one ruled supreme.
The medallions were about an inch thick, cooked a perfect rare. I had ordered them medium rare as is my usual, but this chef knows exactly how his ingredients
should be prepared, and I was glad of it.
Served with a cranberry/sake reduction, and surrounding a bed of truffled rissoto mixed with Napa cabbage shreds and a few bits of red radish, this dish was the perfect
combination of game, earth and sweet tastes while presenting an incredible balance of textures as well.
After heading off to the Jazz game I returned by train
for dessert. I ended up choosing a Chocolate Cornmeal cake which was exquisite. The cake had an almost molten center with a hint of Chambord and was surrounded by an orange gelee. Kinda like whipped marmalade without using any cream...killer. The addition of a candied orange slice was perfect foil for the other textures on the plate.
They offer a full bar, so despite what you hear about the liquor laws in Utah, you will enjoy an excellent selection of beers and well-prepared drinks.
I haven't been this exicted about a restaurant in my city of residence in years, and I have lived in Dallas, Atlanta and LA, certainly not weak restaurant towns by any means.
During the day the place is an upscale deli serving standard breakfast stuff and some lovely sounding
lunch sandwiches and salads.
But the transformation at night is astounding. They opened on September 10 of all things, but apparently things are starting to come around. By the time I returned from the game for dessert there was a nice crowd enjoying the room the food and the groovy tunes.
You can bet I will return many a time...can't wait to take some of my foodie friends there and watch them as they have their minds blown like mine was last night.