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Hearty Soups and Spicy Dishes Make for Fall-Worthy Warmers at Plum Alley.

  • Bee Sting Honey house-made ice cream
  • Savory, rich P.A. Ramen
  • Plum Alley's famous fish
  • The Special's board, including featured whiskey
  • Zucchini in chili garlic sauce

•Note, this blog post is written by guest blogger, Pamela Olson, who is a finalist for the Ski Utah Foodie blogger position. Comment, engage and share this post. The Ski Utah Foodie Blogger will be announced here, this upcoming Monday at noon.

In East Asian cultures, the plum carries much symbolism. The first to bloom while the winter air still bites, plum blossoms represent nature’s vigor. In art, the plum is considered one of the “three friends of winter” with pine and bamboo. Today, with the season’s first snow visible on the peaks (watch Powderhound Matt giddily slay new snow at Powder Mountain!), it seemed fitting for winter-loving friends to gather at Plum Alley, a dining hot spot in Salt Lake City.
Plum Alley is modern Asian-fusion, a sensory experience verging on overload.  The setting is vibrant yet coolly-subdued, the ceiling a carpet of glowing lanterns while a painting of a gaping fish covers the roll-up garage wall. Aromas of sesame, rich meats and roasting peppers simmer in the air. Simple crates of chopsticks and sauces as well as the concise menu and snappy service make Plum Alley inviting and accessible.

With seven of us sharing family style, we sampled much of Chef Jamison Frank’s offerings but for me, it all comes down to the P.A. Ramen. The broth is reduced for 20 hours before it’s loaded with pork belly, pulled pork, house-made noodles and poached egg. It’s complex comfort food perfect for an après ski dinner. That said, the delicious starter of zucchini tossed in a chili garlic sauce with mushrooms, crispy shallots and a fried egg was spicy and addicting. The House Noodles were rich with a sesame sauce, balanced with sautéed red peppers and eggplant and topped with cilantro. Rounding it off are house-made ice creams and an admirable selection of whiskeys, including a daily feature.

Local Knowledge:

* It’s popular. Arrive early and expect elbow-to-elbow seating at long tables. Dining next to strangers makes the experience jovial!

* Plum Alley is one of Bon Appetit’s Top 50 New Best New Restaurants.

*Plum Alley is the name of Salt Lake City’s old Chinatown.


Plum Alley

111 E. Broadway

www.plumalley.com

801-355-0543


81 comments

DA's picture
DA posted 1 year ago

Sounds like I have been missing out on something special. Thanks for the review!

rubbertoe's picture
rubbertoe posted 1 year ago

She called it perfectly. Aromas to cure!
Enjoy

Shelly Smith's picture
Shelly Smith posted 1 year ago

We visit SLC routinely to visit friends and to enjoy the great outdoors. We find this venue inviting and scrumptious and can't wait for future visits. Thanks for encouraging others to visit and support this venue as your write-up is a great motivator!

Murray Peters's picture
Murray Peters posted 1 year ago

Putting it to the top of the list of places to try. Thanks Pam!

Amy's picture
Amy posted 1 year ago

Hey, I have never tried this place but it sounds wonderful. It is now on the short list.

Travis's picture
Travis posted 1 year ago

Downtown SLC is alive and well!!

Mindy's picture
Mindy posted 1 year ago

Great article! I tried Plum Alley for the first time this week and thoroughly enjoyed every bite, and sip as well! They have some fun, unique cocktails to partner with the unique dishes. Great insights Pam!

Matt's picture
Matt posted 1 year ago

Love this place! Can't wait for bowl of PA Rammen after a good powder day.

Lindsay Wilson's picture
Lindsay Wilson posted 1 year ago

I frequently drive past Plum Alley and I've heard a little snippet here and there about it. Now I'm sold. I can't stop thinking about those house noodles. Looks like my husband is in for a date night!

RH's picture
RH posted 1 year ago

Wow! I'm from southern Utah. Sounds like a great place to check out when I'm in SLC. Thanks!

Suzanne Dingley's picture
Suzanne Dingley posted 1 year ago

I've never been to Plum Alley, but after reading this review I'm definitely going to try it.

Ange's picture
Ange posted 1 year ago

Now my mouth is watering! Ha! Sounds amazing.

Cara's picture
Cara posted 1 year ago

Wow! Wish I could go there now! Thanks for the Beta Ski Utah

Amy H.'s picture
Amy H. posted 1 year ago

I love Plum Alley! I've always wondered where the name came from. Now I need to go try that Ramen!

kelley {mountain mama cooks}'s picture
kelley {mountain mama cooks} posted 1 year ago

You nailed it, Pamela! Lunch was great yesterday. Hope our paths will cross again soon......perhaps over lunch!

Mylene's picture
Mylene posted 1 year ago

Loved the Pork Belly steam buns - YUM! And one of the specials that night was a Seafood Yellow Curry dish - Flavorful and Tasty - another YUM!

Tamara's picture
Tamara posted 1 year ago

I love Plum Alley and this reminds me why. My mouth is watering reading this. Time for me and the hubby to head back to Plum Alley.

Joe's picture
Joe posted 1 year ago

great write up on this special place. I sadly have only been once, this article certainly makes me want to go again soon!

Lyman's picture
Lyman posted 1 year ago

Now I'm hungry again, and I just ate lunch!

Natalie Bernhisel-Robinson's picture
Natalie Bernhisel-Robinson posted 1 year ago

Thanks Pam! I will have to give this place a try. Sounds delish!

Tim's picture
Tim posted 1 year ago

Nice! I've only been to Plum Alley once but I really enjoyed it. Looking forward to going back soon.

Tim's picture
Tim posted 1 year ago

Nice! I've only been to Plum Alley once but I really enjoyed it. Looking forward to going back soon.

Lisa's picture
Lisa posted 1 year ago

This food sounds delicious. Mouth watering.

dan nailen's picture
dan nailen posted 1 year ago

Pam nails it. Plum Alley is one of the best things to hit SLC's foodie scene in a while. Magicians with pork!

Erin's picture
Erin posted 1 year ago

This makes me want to both ski and eat some delicious Plum Alley cuisine!

Nelson's picture
Nelson posted 1 year ago

Have passed this place a few times. Was always curious about the name, now I must try the noodles.

KK's picture
KK posted 1 year ago

Totally agree, love Plum Alley one of the SLC's great spots!

Lucy B.'s picture
Lucy B. posted 1 year ago

What a lovely review! I'm putting this place at the top of my list for next time I'm in town.

Traci's picture
Traci posted 1 year ago

This article makes me want to go right down to Plum Alley and get some of that delicious ramen. And, I learned something new about the plum!

Traci's picture
Traci posted 1 year ago

This article makes me want to go right down to Plum Alley and get some of that delicious ramen. And, I learned something new about the plum!


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