Saturday, June 4

A Niche for Vegetarian Fare at Caffe Niche

Organic Mushroom Risotto ($18)
Caffé Niche is a cozy and quaint neighborhood restaurant located at the corner of 300 S and 800 E in the old Grunts & Postures building. Their food is just as lively as the funky vintage clothing store - plus they serve booze, so it's a good trade off.

At a recent media event, I got to sample new menu items and meet Andy Morrison, their executive chef. She moved to Utah with the Nordstrom Western States Culinary Advisory Team a few years ago. She fell in love with Salt Lake and decided to make it her new home. Andy has over 20 years of experience at Michelin starred restaurants and high quality bistros to dining guests. After attending the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco, Andy immersed herself in the food and wine culture in Sonoma County serving as Sous Chef at Chateau Souverain, among other kitchens. She spent a good portion of her career working for Nordstrom restaurants. Throughout her career, Andy has valued learning from every experience, pulling ideas from many styles of cuisine, and applying fun new twists to classic dishes - a perfect pairing with Caffe Niche! 

Order this Rose wine!

I enjoy visiting Caffe Niche because it's the kind of cozy neighborhood restaurant I wish was in my neighborhood. Simple and straight forward, the flavors shine with simple preparation. Everything tastes like what it is.

Shaved Brussels Sprouts ($6)
Our meal started with offerings from the Small Plates menu. The Shaved Brussels Sprouts were delightful - slightly crunchy and sauteed in butter to give them a deep, rich flavor.
Deviled Eggs ($4)

Served 3 to a plate, the Deviled Eggs offer a pop of fresh flavor. Horseradish gives them a little heat. They're addictive and a tasty way to start a meal! 

When Faustina closed to make way for Stanza, their famous Chicken Salad was relocated to Caffe Niche's menu. I was thrilled when they brought out my salad sans feathered friend. It was colorful and loaded with goodies.

Chicken-less Sonoma Chicken Salad ($13) 
Mixed greens were topped with crunchy almonds, dried blueberries, Gorgonzola cheese and caramelized onions and lovely spirals of green apple.Dressed in a zippy pomegranate vinaigrette, this salad is perfect for summer.

A taste of the Organic Mushroom Risotto
Everyone at the table of food writers agreed that the Organic Mushroom Risotto was phenomenal. The savory combination of asparagus, peas, seasonal mushrooms and the luscious umami broth was mind-blowing. This dish is an excellent example of how good vegan food can be.

Whole Roasted Artichoke ($8)
I can't imagine visiting Caffe Niche and not ordering the Whole Roasted Artichoke. Served with a creamy dipping sauce and topped with olive oil and black sea salt, it is luscious.

With friendly service, crave-able, straight forward vegetarian fare, Caffe Niche is ideal for a romantic date night or a leisurely meal with a good book on the patio.

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