I’ll be honest – it had been a while since I had been to Caffe Niche…and by “while,” I mean a few years. I was so excited to hear about all of the exciting changes happening at this Salt Lake City classic spot, and anxious to try some new flavors!
Caffe Niche has a NEW General Manager, a NEW menu, a NEW Executive Chef! Executive Chef Andy Morrison brings over 20 years of experience at Michelin starred restaurants and high-quality bistros to dining guests. New General Manager Joseph Gee is doing everything he can to make sure your dining experience is wonderful! A native of Salt Lake City, he recently returned from the Hawaiian Islands where he was the general manager of The Lighthouse.
The new menu incorporates customer favorites and some vibrant new tastes, such as small plates, fresh salads, brunch offerings, hearty sandwiches, and all new entrée selections.
We had a lovely night enjoying some of the favorites from the new menu – as well as Caffe Niche’s Farm to Glass cocktail for Salt Lake magazine!
Caffe Niche’s Farm to Glass cocktail is called the Jack and Jill and features Jackrabbit Gin and champagne – great flavors…but I did wonder why no garnish? The other cocktails we had we also lovely, which included a Caffe Niche Manhattan and a cocktail made special that was one of our server’s favorites, which was also whiskey-based (why I can’t remember the name of it right now is beyond me!).
For starters, we chose the Grilled Artichoke ($8) and the Deviled Eggs ($4) – both were great, but that artichoke was especially delightful and full of flavor. It was also cooked to perfection. Both great choices.
For our main entrees, we asked our server for guidance. What I love about the new Caffe Niche menu is that they have breakfast, lunch, and dinner items available all day long. I mean, who doesn’t love that kind of choice? I can have French Toast OR Salmon? It really made the menu feel full bodied, offering everyone something they will love.
We ordered the Turkey Dip Sandwich (roasted turkey breast, swiss cheese, caramelized onions, house-made aioli, rich turkey jus, served on a baguette $12), Strawberry Spinach Chicken Salad (chicken, goat cheese, pecans, cucumbers, shallots, lemon vinaigrette, balsamic vinegar reduction $14), Fish Tacos (blackened sashimi grade Hawaiian fish *it was mahi mahi on this particular evening*, local corn tortillas, pablano slaw, avocado, mango salsa, zucchini corn salad $18), and Corned Beef Mac & Cheese (kobe corned beef, elbow macaroni, beer cheese sauce, rye bread crumbs, side of Niche apple slaw $17). We also ordered a side of the Clam Chowder $6).
The Clam Chowder! What a wonderful, light but flavorful chowder! My husband wasn’t feeling particularly well this evening, and I think that Clam Chowder cured him. It was really one of the best I have had in a long time.
The Mac & Cheese! We were expecting this to be far too heavy to finish, but we were so surprised how delicate this mac and cheese was. The beer cheese sauce was a great consistancy – not too thick. It was also really easy to tasted the corned beef, which was cooked to perfection and added a lovely smoky flavor.
The Niche Slaw – this side dish is KILLER! Light and crisp and perfect. Such a good side component with the Turkey Dip AND the Mac and Cheese. The apples add such a brightness and this slaw is really one of a kind.
Everything we ordered was pretty fantastic, but those few things really stood out. What a lovely evening! Thank you, Caffe Niche, for hosting us. We will be back!
Caffe Niche || 779 East 300 South || Salt Lake City
New hours are Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. until 9 p.m. and Sundays from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m.
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