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Posted - Sep. 29, 2004 at 12:13 p.m.



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In the 11th Annual Restaurant Issue of Bon Appetit magazine, which was published just recently, only one Utah restaurant was even mentioned. And that restaurant was Martine. The Bon Appetit feature, which included a wonderful recipe for Martine’s Moroccan braised beef stew, served as a reminder to me about how much I enjoy this downtown gem of a restaurant. Martine is located on 100 South, between State and Main and if you haven’t tried Chef Tom Grant’s cooking at Martine, well it’s time you treated yourself to his scrumptious flavors.

Martine is situated in an elegant downtown historic brownstone building and although the ambiance is sophisticated the prices are affordable. Some Martine customers like to create meals from Martine’s tapas menu – small appetizer-sized dishes of treats like seared artichokes with grilled shrimp remoulade and Romesco sauce or maybe oven-roasted Oyster mushrooms with prosciutto and Cambazola cheese. Or, you can opt for ordering from the fixed price menu at Martine, where there are three different options and prices. At Martine you can choose to have your dinner entrée with a soup or salad, with a choice of tapa, or with soup or salad and a choice of tapa. Whichever combination you choose, you’ll come out a winner thanks to Martine’s fair pricing policy.

I mentioned Chef Tom Grant’s incredible Moroccan beef stew – the one featured in Bon Appetit magazine. And I’d certainly order that if it’s on the menu. If not, how about fragrant lavender-seared halibut with watercress-leek cream or lamb tenderloin with a vanilla-Marsala reduction?

Excellent service at Martine rounds out the exceptional dining experience there for me. And I hope Martine will proof just as enticing and memorable to you.

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