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Martine in Salt Lake City

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We were recently in Salt Lake City and ended up at Martine for dinner for a very nice meal. We shared five tapas and a pichet of their house red -- a very pleasant Rhone. The tapas were:

* Eggplant and heirloom tomato napoleon. Very pretty. The tomatoes were great, but the eggplant was a bit boring and stiff.

* Halibut cakes with a tomato fennel relish and saffron cream. These were more croquette than cake, but the fish was great. We didn't really notice the other flavors much, though.

* Antipasti with prosciutto, braseola, coppa and fontina. The braseola was fantastic and the prosciutto was good, but we found the flavor of the coppa much too strong.

* Braised lamb and chorizo over mascarpone polenta. Great comfort lamb flavor and the polenta was a perfect accompaniment.

* Duck breast and braised pear with gorgonzola currant sauce. Probably our favorite. The duck was cooked perfectly and the currant sauce was wonderful. The pear had just the right consistency.

More on our visit to SLC here:

http://menuinprogress.blogspot.com/20...

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