Dinner & A Movie: Bistro 222

It's time for another restaurant review! You didn't think I was gonna stop writing them did you?? Today's dining adventure takes place in the stylish Bistro 222, which can be found on Main Street in Downtown Salt Lake City (at...you guessed it: 222 South.) Will I finally have experienced a restaurant to hit the trifecta of TASTE, AMBIANCE & SERVICE? Or is Bistro 222 a total dud? The answer can be found below, so read on!

$ = 5-10 avg. per entree 
$$ = 10-15 avg. per entree 
$$$ = 15-20 avg. per entree 
$$$$ = 20-30 avg. per entree 
$$$$$ = $30+ and above per entree.

Bistro 222 is $$$$

RATINGS: 1 star = Poor, 2 stars = fair, 3 stars = good, 4 stars = very good, and 5 stars = AMAZING. 


Bistro 222 is a sleek and stylish little place to grab a bite to eat. The decor is fresh and modern...very pleasing to the eye. The restaurant which is all glass windows, looks out upon the nicest street in SLC (that's Main Street to the unaffiliated...) and you can people watch if your date is boring! The lighting isn't too dark and the seating (other than the high chairs which we were unfortunately given...) is spaced out enough and comfortable. The music was pleasant, and overall we found the noise level to be just right.  On a Monday night, it was sadly pretty much empty (there was one other table besides us.) But that at least made for a quiet, relaxing dine. 



Seeing as how we were almost the only people at the restaurant our server should give us his full attention right? Not when he seems to be the only one running the show I guess. And as the only people there, you certainly wouldn't seat them at the high table! Whose first choice is that?? He certainly wasn't rude, like other places I've been on the D'O'R tour (cough Christopher's cough,) and I understand he probably was busy....but for being some of the only people there we should be treated like royalty haha. He was just okay. 



And now we come to the star of the show! Every bite of food I ate from this restaurant was pure nirvana. For appetizers we ordered the Moroccan lamb meatballs (desribed with these words in the menu: pickled fennel, olive oil, yogurt,) and the truffle herb fries (fresh-cut fries, parmesan fresh herb aioli.) I might have licked the plate clean for those fries if the waiter hadn't taken it from me so soon. I truly loved both (especially that aioli sauce that accompanied the fries.) Then for our main courses, I went with the gnocchi (local winter squash, fresh sage house-cured crispy pancetta touch of cream,while Caitlin ordered the roast chicken (cabernet jus, lardon cioppoline, roasted potato.) Oh my goodness both of these were so amazingly flavorful and delicious! I'd pretty much give up my first born for the recipe of the sauce the roast chicken was in. I only wish we'd saved enough room (and monies on our certificate) for dessert. No matter. I definitely plan to return. And now for my bold rating....yeah I'm saying it. RATING: 5!

So yeah. For me, this an almost perfect trifecta! Great ambiance, good service and some truly memorable food...Bistro 222 gets the Emily stamp of approval. Full menu HERE.

But did my dining companion agree?

CAITLIN SAYS:  Sooooo good. I could not get over how flavorful the food was. I especially loved the truffle fries. It was a unique flavor that I'd never had in a fry. The meatballs weren't my favorite but I definitely appreciated the sauce. Once again, it was packed with flavor and unlike anything I'd ever had. Emily got the gnocchi and I was jealous because that's my favorite thing of all time but after my chicken dish arrived, there was no jealousy to be found. The chicken was moist and the sauce....OMG. I loved it. I loved Emily's gnocchi but it was almost too rich for me. The food was stellar. The ambiance was great, very hip. We were the only ones in the restaurant so the service should have been extraordinary but was just average. I would definitely go again and try their desserts. I can only imagine how rich and tasty they would be...

& A MOVIE. Hmm. I wish there was a perfect movie out in theaters that would go well with a perfect dining experience. Oh wait there is. It's called Interstellar and I wrote about it the other day HERE. But if you hate masterpieces or something go out and see Big Hero 6. For a night in after your dine you can do Ratatouille (please note, I reserve the right to use Ratatouille again when reviewing French restaurants..) eating the flavors here I just felt like Remy the rat discovering food for the first time! Or if you just want something from a Redbox, I'd go with The Fault in Our Stars and compare your two dining experiences.


Sarah said...

Sounds yummy! I will have to keep it in mind for a future girl's night out, or a date with my hubby. Thanks for the review!

Johanna said...

You know, the benefit of getting old is that you are not afraid. I would have asked the waiter for another table.

I hate, hate those high chairs. Whoever thought it was a good idea. It should go the way of all fads like stand up bangs from the 80's.