Almost twenty years ago, I lived in Salt Lake City for a short time. At that time, there wasn’t a big diversity of cuisines in the area, most of the newer restaurants were brew pubs, as craft beer was making a huge impact across the region. Flash forward to a recent trip I took to Utah and I found a very wide variety of all types of foods and restaurants. Specifically the entire downtown area has changed and it is as diverse as it is beautiful. Walking down South Main Street I stumbled onto a small restaurant called Pleiku, a modern Vietnamese and tapas bar.
We were there between lunch and Happy Hour on a weekday so it was nice and quiet. I was with two friends, and all three of us prefer veggies and fish over meat. There was no shortage of dishes for us to choose from. Most everything had an option of veggies, tofu, shrimp, beef or chicken. We started with an order of Vegetable Spring Rolls.
Spring Rolls are served with a spicy Peanut Chili Soy Sauce. It’s very delicious.
The side salad was very good with a spicy ginger vinaigrette.
We also tried the Tofu Stacks with Black Bean Sauce. While I am not usually a fan of tofu, this was very good as the tofu was crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. The tofu also took on the flavor of the savory black bean sauce so it was delicious.
The sandwich board outside the restaurant listed General Tso’s Cauliflower as a special and we asked for two ordered for the table. Cauliflower is one of my most favorite meat substitutes and this was phenomenal. Not too spicy, not too sweet, but appetizing and pungent.
Lastly, we had an order of the Salt and Pepper Shrimp for the table. My only disappointment here is that is was breaded. I believe it would have been much more flavorful without the coating but it was still pretty good.
All in all it was a very satisfying meal and by the time we were done, patrons began to file in for their Happy Hour specials. A solid 4 1/2 out of 5 sprouts.