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Friday Night Photos: Bambara Restaurant in Downtown Salt Lake City

Downtown Salt Lake City has a number of excellent restaurants, and one that I’ve been slow to experience is Bambara, located in the historic Hotel Monaco in the heart of downtown Salt Lake.  The restaurant has won an impressive number of dining awards and it’s been open for years, but for some reason I ate there for the first time about a month ago.  I loved the restaurant so much I went back for lunch with my friend Bonnie and sister-in-law Amy (whose Amazing Chili has earned her quite a few fans on the blog.)  And this time I took my camera!  The first thing that caught my eye was these lovely salt and pepper shakers, custom made for the restaurant.

Friday Night Photos is all about me experimenting with taking photos for fun and when I can’t control the conditions quite as much as when I’m taking food photos at home.  (Not that those pictures are always the greatest!)  In Bambara we were seated by a window with wonderful light, and the black tables made an interesting background.  I’m barely an amateur photographer, but you can find out more about my camera and the lenses I use in the Frequently Asked Questions if you’re interested.

Lunch at Bambara starts with this interesting hummus mixture spread on thin slices of a most delicious bread. 

Amy’s lunch came with a salad, and she opted for this Fuji Apple Salad with Belgian Endive, Arugula, Walnuts, Champagne Vinaigrette, and Maytag Blue Cheese.

Bonnie ordered the same salad for lunch and added a grilled chicken breast.  Both Amy and Bonnie loved the flavors in this salad.

I ordered the Flat Iron Steak Cobb Salad with Butter Lettuce, Bacon, Egg, Avocado, Slow Roasted Tomatoes, and Maytag Blue Cheese.  The Bleu Cheese is a bit of a splurge, but other than that, this was almost a phase one lunch, and I love the idea of a deconstructed Cobb Salad!

Amy’s entree was the Smoked Turkey Wrap with Smoky Bacon, Dill Havarti Cheese, and Sundried Cranberry Jam.  The Jam was a delightful touch, and it came with Herbed Potato Chips in several colors.
We all enjoyed our lunch at Bambara, and I don’t think there’s any doubt we’ll be eating lunch there again soon. 
202 South Main St.

Salt Lake City , UT 84101

Phone: 801.363.5454
Blogger Disclosure:  
No one at Bambara knew that I was a food blogger, and we paid for our own lunch.   I don’t do formal restaurant reviews, but occasionally I like to share photos of places where I’ve had great meals.  You can read about some other places I’ve enjoyed in Salt Lake City Restaurants, Restaurants in Utah Cities, and Restaurants in U.S. Cities.
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    11 Comments on “Friday Night Photos: Bambara Restaurant in Downtown Salt Lake City”

  1. Vanessa, usually I am pretty good about figuring out flavors but I couldn't tell you what was in it!

  2. Everything looks so delicious. Especially curious about that hummus!

  3. I had to Google it to see if I really messed, and I did see some recipes where they called it "decomposed salad." I see your point though, will change the name right now. (Glad to know you're enjoying the blog! And I am always happy to get feedback, even when I mess up!)

  4. I've been enjoying your blog for a long time and have tried many of your wonderful recipes with great success. Thanks for all you do for all of us, Kalyn! As a fellow teacher, however, I have to comment (for the first time, by the way) on Friday's blog because I really don't think you want the word "decomposed" anywhere near a description of food; I think you meant "deconstructed," right? I'm hoping you'll take this in the constructive way it's intended, Kalyn, and not as a criticism. And please keep on doing what you're doing; I read you every single day! Happy Spring!

  5. Thanks Jen!

    Starla, the food is really outstanding. The Hotel Monaco where it's located is really a beautiful setting too. If you're staying downtown this place is not to be missed!

  6. Thanks for the review. I'm heading to SLC this week for a conference and was looking for a unique eat while I'm there. May have to checkout this place!

  7. Excellent pics Kalyn 🙂

  8. Lydia, it has definitely earned a permanent place on our lunch rotation!

  9. I love how these photos have a mysterious quality. The light was great, just enough but not too glaring, and the plates of food are so beautifully composed. Looks like a restaurant to to again and again.

  10. Thanks Barbara. I can't believe it took me so long to eat at Bambara, but looking forward to many more good meals there.

  11. Nice pics! I've never had a bad meal here.