Easy Street Brasserie


Member Rating 4 out of 5 by Wasatch on December 9, 2005

We first ate at the Easy Street Brasserie in 2005. It was so good we went back not too long after. Then Easy Street closed for 2-3 years while a hotel was more or less built on top of the restaurant. By 2009, it was open again, and back we went. The interior looks much like the same attractive setting we remembered.

I’m of the view that one visit to a restaurant is not sufficient to judge it’s quality. You may be fooled by the chef having an unusually good or bad day, or changes of staff in the kitchen, or by the accident of what you ordered. Properly judging a restaurant requires several visits and several dishes. There is a puzzle about how many times we have eaten at Easy Street, which was forced to close for two years for massive contraction project next door. We ate there twice before the closure, and once since the reopening. Can we judge their consistence on three meals with a two year gap? Possibly so, for it seems to be much the restaurant we remembered. The kitchen is open to view from one of the three dinning rooms. I said I recognized the head chef. She said I was crazy. So first, our most recent meal and then the two from two years ago.

We both ordered "Pan Seared Sea Bass with Mediterranean vegetables and Spinach" ($32). The Sea bass was cooked perfectly, something you cannot count on in Utah, and as fresh as it is possible to get ocean fish in Utah. The Mediterranean Vegetables on one side of the plate were mostly excellent beans with some chunks of zucchini and leaves of wilted spinach other stuff. On the other side of the plate, the room temperature salsa was OK for out of season tomatoes. The butter was properly soft for spreading. The bread was a decent standard French style. The menu said something about Onion Bread would be returning, which we didn’t understand at the time. When I got home and looked up my earlier IgoUgo review of Easy Street, I saw that we had been very favorably impressed with Easy Street’s Onion Bread, so a good move when it happens.
Portions are large. The entree alone was very filling, all we needed for a meal.

Service was perfect. Food was on the table very quickly and the attentive staff kept water glasses filled and had the table cleared with dispatch and the bill ready.

Entrees include mussels, sea bass, rib eye, lobster mac & cheese, short ribs, veal chop, tenderloin, vegetarian pasta, seafood stew, tuna, prime rib, and roast chicken. Entrees run $23-48. Veggie sides include four types of potatoes, green beans, and sauted spinach. All priced at $5. There are five salads, $10-15. Appetizers include Buffalo Carpaccio, calmari quesadilla, deviled crab, onion soup, shrimp pate, salmon with caviar, and pizza, $9-19. There is also a small raw bar

We arrived just as the kitchen was opening and the kitchen staff was setting up in full view of some of the tables. We got to watching one cook who was putting big rubber mats down on the floor to see if he washed his hands before touching any food. It looked like he wiped them on a towel several times, but we saw no soap and water employed(there were times when his hands were out sight, so he might have washed them. We can only hope). This is a bit of a buzz kill. Probably cooking killed any germs encountered. Restaurants with open kitchens should take care to prevent scenes like this.

Based on that one meal, we would place Easy Street among Park city’s finest restaurants, which what it ought to be for the high prices. That conclusion was confirmed by our two meals there two summers ago. On our first visit, I had braised Lamb Shank ($29), and never had to touch my knife to get the well cooked meat off
the bone. The lamb was accompanied by garlic mashed potatoes, French fried onion rings, excellent asparagus spears, wax beans, and carrots surrounded by a brown sauce with a pool of
pesto floating in on one side of the platter. This was a fine dish, but so was her goat cheese ravioli
($24), which included remarkably tasty tomatoes for a mid-November meal.

Although the wait to order was a little long, the food was on the table very quickly and the attentive staff
kept water glasses filled and had the table cleared with dispatch and the bill ready.

On a second visit, we both had Seared Scallops in Squid Ink, another good dish after we asked the server to tell the chef we nated the scallops cooked through, not the quasi-sushi version many Park City restaurants offer where the scallop is quickly browned but left raw inside.

Service was clearly the best in Park City. Although the wait to order was a little long, the food was on the table very quickly and the attentive staff kept water glasses filled and had the table cleared with dispatch and the bill ready.

There are two dining rooms at street level, both attractive and somewhat reminiscent of a restaurant in France, and a more informal(staff decritption, we didn’t see it) room downstairs.

From the transit center for Park City’s free bus system, cross the parking lot jus down hill. Heber Ave. is the street to your right. Easy street is at the far end of the short block.

A note on Park City prices. Easy Street’s prices are in line with the better Park City restaurants and the less expensive places fare not all that much less. On the trip home, we heard a commercial on the radio for Motel 6 where Tom Bodett uttered the line, "If lobster in mac ‘n cheese costs $15, is it still comfort food?" Lobster in Mac ‘n Cheese at Easy Street costs $30. That had better not be comfort food. We will probably try it on our next visit.

The menu is pricey, but during the off season, which is Spring, Summer, and Fall, Easy Street, like many Park City restaurants, regularly puts a 2-for-1 coupon in the local paper, The Park Record (sold in boxes on Main St.)
Easy Street Brasserie
201 Heber Avenue
Park City, Utah, 84060
(435) 658-2500

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