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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

Traci's picture
Traci posted 1 year ago

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

Scott Perry's picture
Scott Perry posted 1 year ago

I ate at Plum Alley last time I was in SLC. Am now thinking of changing my name to Pork Belly.

Rebekah's picture
Rebekah posted 1 year ago

I definitely have put Plum Alley on my list of Must Stops for later on this winter, when I visit Utah's ski resorts. See you in January!

Rebekah's picture
Rebekah posted 1 year ago

I have definitely put Plum Alley on my list of Must Do's for later this winter when I visit Utah's ski resorts. See you in January!

Patrick K.'s picture
Patrick K. posted 1 year ago

Great Review, can't wait to try it out!

Gabi's picture
Gabi posted 1 year ago

You make it sound so inviting! Plum Alley is definitely on our next night out list now. :)

Michael's picture
Michael posted 1 year ago

Pam knows good food. SLC has great food and places like this keep us coming back. Wish Pam could tell me where to go back in Florida.

Michael's picture
Michael posted 1 year ago

Pam knows good food. SLC has great food and places like this keep us coming back. Wish Pam could tell me where to go back in Florida.

Gabi's picture
Gabi posted 1 year ago

Wow, you make it sound so inviting!
We'll definitely add it to our next night out list. :)

Chalise's picture
Chalise posted 1 year ago

This place sounds awesome - Great review!

Andy's picture
Andy posted 1 year ago

MMMMM Sounds great - I'll check it out.

Rebekah's picture
Rebekah posted 1 year ago

Plum Alley just made my list of restaurants to try in Salt Lake!

Lynette's picture
Lynette posted 1 year ago

Great review! Look forward to trying it out.

Michelle's picture
Michelle posted 1 year ago

Painted a picture of food bliss and soothing experience that I can no longer deny. Sounds delicious!

jim's picture
jim posted 1 year ago

Sounds great,we will have to add it to our list of resturants to visit.

EJL's picture
EJL posted 1 year ago

Excellent review! I'm convinced!

Kathy C.'s picture
Kathy C. posted 1 year ago

I have never been there, but from your article, Pam, it makes me want to try it. It is definitely on my list of must do's in SLC.

Erik's picture
Erik posted 1 year ago

Came across this while considering a plan for Sundance Film Fest -- definitely putting this on my meandering itenerary. Thanks for the write up!

Kristen Case's picture
Kristen Case posted 1 year ago

As editor of Park City Magazine (who has hired Pam to pen stories for us) and a freelance writer myself, I can tell you that Pam O is one of the best food writers in the state of Utah. I haven't been to Plum Alley yet, but this post makes me want to visit! Ski Utah (and Utah eateries) would be lucky to have Pam O as the food blogger! My two cents.

Tracey T's picture
Tracey T posted 1 year ago

LOVE PLum Alley-- and you are so right- that Ramen is incredible. One of my favorite spots to grab a bite in SLC--thanks for sharing!

Laurie's picture
Laurie posted 1 year ago

Can't wait to try this place! Sounds like Pamela loves food as much as I do!

David's picture
David posted 1 year ago

The writer Pamela Olson showed great skill in writing this article on Plum Allet with the focus on Ramen which is "hot "with cost conscious foodies!
Pam's previous food writing experience will help you get a wider draw in national media. Hire Pam as the foodie blogger she is GREAT!

Jenn B's picture
Jenn B posted 1 year ago

Sounds like a place I need to try the next time I'm out there! Agree w/Michael^... wish she could point me to simialr places in Tampa Bay!

Ginger's picture
Ginger posted 1 year ago

I can taste, smell and "see" your food! love the pictures you make with your words..talented..thanks for the info!

Guy's picture
Guy posted 1 year ago

I will have to stop by on my next trip to SLC!

Raj's picture
Raj posted 1 year ago

Even though I live in Japan, where ramen stands are as ubiquitous as Coffee shops in Seattle, Pam's description made me want to try Plum Alley's ramen broth. Although any article that lovingly describes Pork makes me salivate.

Deb's picture
Deb posted 1 year ago

Steaming bowl of ramen after a powder day? Sounds perfect! Let it snow!

Cindy's picture
Cindy posted 1 year ago

You are making my mouth water! Your description of the restaurant and cuisine are divine.

Michelle's picture
Michelle posted 1 year ago

Your descriptions really makes me anxious to visit Plum Alley --it sounds like a fun place to try something new.

Wendy's picture
Wendy posted 1 year ago

"a sensory experience verging on overload" - totally agree. I was a little unsure of the shared tables the first time I went, but it ended up being fun to see the other dishes and meet a few new people.


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