on April 3, 2008
The Mariposa, widely considered one of the finest ski resort restaurants, is only open during DeerValley’s ski season. We have eaten there 1-2 times a year for the last eight years, and for the lasttwo years, Mariposa lived up to it’s reputation. The Mariposa’s menu changes little from oneyear to the next, but this year the famous sea bass is replaced by Seared Scallops ($44) in a BrandywineApple Reduction, which we both ordered. Without question, this was the best meal we every hadat Café Mariposa, and at one time or another we have tried everything on the menu. The scallops were cooked perfectly, and the sauce was beyond impressive. Like most CaliforniaYuppie restaurants, Mariposa’s concoctions impress more by their novelty that by their holdingpower– unlike Coq au Vin or Wiener schnitzel, they don’t age well. Eating them once is a treat,but who want’s to repeat the experience (curses on Alice Waters for creating this craze)? Notonly we the scallops superbly impressive, they just might be good enough to have holdingpower– one of the few Yuppie concoctions we have had anywhere in Park City that calls for arepeat. The scallops were served atop a bed of assorted greens and veggies that went well with the seafood and the sauce. Service, as usual, was impeccable. Mariposa is very expensive. As locals, we get a chance to eat 2-for-1 and I doubt if we wouldever go at full price.Café Mariposa is located at mid-mountain in Deer Valley’s Silver Lake Lodge, enter on the sideof the building furthest from the ski runs. The free Park City shuttle bus stops nearby. The bustop is on the other side of the plaza behind Silver Lake Lodge.If you know how to get to mid-mountain on your own, turn off the road toward the ski runs at theside of the Goldner Hirsch Inn, turn left at the rear of the Goldner Hirsch and enter the parkinggarage no in front of you. The elevator to the plaza level directly opposite the entrance toMariposa is in the far right hand corner of the garage.
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