A new friend has come to town, and you should probably make yourself familiar.
Manoli’s Greek Small Plates Restaurant is new to the downtown area, right across the street from Pig & a Jelly Jar on 900 South. Manoli’s has a beautiful space with inviting high ceilings and modern, yet comfortable decor. The open kitchen makes you feel at home, and the service is really top notch. We went to check it out and sat at the bar, which I highly recommend if you want to see all of the delectable dishes that this small kitchen is pumping out.
Per Manoli’s website, “Manoli’s reinterprets Greek cuisine by using fresh, local, and seasonal products. All dishes are prepared from scratch, allowing a variation of styles and techniques to emphasize the importance of seasonal and local bounty. As a neighborhood restaurant, we believe a small plates menu allows customers a greater variety and an elevated sense of community through sharing.”
Isn’t that like poetry?
And, having just been to Manoli’s for the first time, I am happy to report they seem to really stand by that mission statement.
Here are a few of the dishes we ordered:
Krytharaki: orzo, white cheddar, parmesan, feta, caramelized onions, bread crumbs ($9) – this was my personal favorite dish of the evening. Rich, wonderful, silky, flavorful. Everything heavenly from first bite to the last. Dreamable.
Htapodi: charred octopus, warm zursun bean salad, sherry vinaigrette, black sea salt ($17) – octopus is my thing these days and this one was tasty. The char was wonderful and the flavors were bold. Don’t miss this one.
Anri Psito: lamb belly sliders, smoked feta spread, Greek coffee bbq, pickled cucumber, artisan bun ($12) – these little babies were to die for. The heaviness of the lamb belly is perfectly cut with the pickled cucumber and the buns are wonderful. Maybe get two orders of these because you won’t really want to share them.
Htenia: seared scallops, yellow split pea puree, micro greens, cirtus-ouzo vinaigrette ($12): this was another one of my favorites; beautiful, large scallops with a lovely sear. However, the yellow split pea puree was really incredible. The texture is like that of whipped potatoes, but the flavor is truly different and unique; with a hint of sour and bite. The bitter of the micro-greens pulls all of the flavors together: the seared flavor of the scallops, the bite of the puree, and the earthly tone of the greens. Wonderful.
Pastitsio Croquette: spiced beef, bechamel, hilopites, Greek yogurt ($10): three lovely little warm, deep fried, bites. We enjoyed these, although the other dishes seemed to stand out just a bit more.
I really loved our dinner at Manoli’s — and our time there in general. Watching the kitchen lovingly take care of their dishes, hearing the servers knowledgeably suggest menu items, and sharing a robust bottle of wine; our night was nearly enchanting.
We will be back to try the rest of the incredible menu soon — and definitely seasonally, since I am sure new delights will be appearing.
Find Manoli’s at
402 East 900 South | Salt Lake City
Reservations Suggested | 801-532-3760
Instagram \\ Twitter | @Manolison9th
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