New Park City Restaurant Molly Bloom’s Irish Pub is Ordinary but Still Has Potential
A recent trend in Park City is the ever growing population of Irish related pubs, bars, and restaurants. Three Irish themed restaurants have opened in Park City within the last 6 months, joining the 3 already Irish named bars on Main Street including O’Shucks, Mulligan’s, and Doolans. With a total of 6 Irish related F & B joints, it makes me think that the Irish are replacing the Sushi lovers in Park City (13% of Park City’s restaurants serve sushi).
One of the most recent Irish restaurants to open in Park City is called Molly Bloom’s, located in a peculiar location next to the Post Office and T.J. Max at Kimball Junction. After reading multiple comments on the restaurant’s Facebook page about their great restaurant, Bloody Mary’s, and weekend Brunch specials, Kevin and I decided to check it out and see what all the buzz was about.
Last week during lunch-time, Kevin and I pulled up into the parking lot of Molly Bloom’s and immediately noticed the enormous Grand Opening-esque banner outside the restaurant. I refrained from commenting on the strange location of the restaurant in hopes that the interior offered some Irish ambiance and a warm atmosphere. (I’m obviously not a fan of the out-of-way location of Molly Blooms, but on the up-side, there is a ton of convenient parking).
When we walked in, we both noticed how cold the restaurant was. The tables are ordinary cafe tables that would look much better with some sort of decor or table cloths to help warm up the atmosphere. The only noticeable “Irish” decorations was a Killian’s sign hung on the wall next to the Guinness sign. The rest of the wall “decor” included a few sporadically hung Wasatch & Squatters beer signage. Fortunately, atmosphere isn’t everything, so on to the food.
When we sat down, our server asked us for our order and I asked him what he would recommend. I ended up ordering the Shrimp Salad as a wrap and Kevin ordered the ever appropriate Bangers and Mash. For appetizers, we decided on each getting bowls of French Onion soup. Our appetizers came out incredibly quick, our French Onion soup smothered with a generous portion of melted Swiss Cheese. Much to my delight, the soup was just delicious and I even tried to steal a few spoonfuls of Kevin’s soup while he wasn’t looking. As soon as we were done licking our bowls clean, our entrees had arrived.
Considering the quality of the soup, we were both anticipating an incredible lunch, however, we both remained slightly disappointed. On the menu, the Shrimp Salad comes with mixed greens, hearts of palm, red onion, avocado, cucumber, and mustard vinaigrette. There is an option to order it as a wrap, so I ordered it as such. I grabbed half of it, took a bite, and immediately noticed that it was pretty much a spinach tortilla stuffed full of undressed mixed greens. No dressing, no veggies, and one cocktail shrimp uncooked and unseasoned. When our server came back, I asked for a side of dressing that generally comes with the salad wrap, and he returned with a small metal ramekin of olive oil. I returned to picking at my wrap, noticing that it was missing most of it’s ingredients. I then moved on to nibbling Kevin’s lunch.
Kevin’s Bangers and Mash were actually pretty good. The mashed potatoes were very tasty, although they were served fairly cold. The balsamic roasted tomatoes were sensational, fresh, and perfect for a summer lunch. The bangers, apparently marinated in Guinness beer, lacked the Guinness flavor, but were still pretty tasty according to Kevin. We both discussed that maybe we just ordered the wrong sort of entrees and that we should have tried the Fish and Chips or Shepherds Pie. We’ll be giving those a go next time.
As far as the “pub” part of Molly Bloom’s goes, their bar is very well designed and offers 15 different draft beers including Guiness, Killians, PBR, Blue Moon, and Squatters Nitro Cream Ale. They also have some amazing deals going on including 2$ micro beers, half priced Rockets, Wings, and Rings every Monday through Friday from 4pm – 6pm. Make sure you visit their web page to stay updated on their specials.
Currently, Molly Blooms is competing with the wildly popular restaurants at the Red Stone shopping center just a block away. Between Hapa, Red Rock, and Ghidotti’s pulling in huge local business, I’m sure that Molly Bloom’s will eventually pull in the same Kimball Junction regular’s. Kevin and I are going to give Molly Bloom’s another try sometime in the next few months so that we can see what their other menu items are like and give them more time to work out the kinks.
Overall, I think that Molly Blooms interior could easily be improved by warming up the atmosphere, making it look like a restaurant that would belong in Ireland. It currently lacks personality, which again, isn’t a deal breaker. On the other hand, their food and service is typical of the pub world and offers average comfort food. However, with a few tweaks, I think that Molly Blooms could bloom into a popular restaurant that could become the place to hang out at the Junction. We’ll let you know more about in in the coming weeks when we go back for a second try.
Check out Molly Blooms on Ski Town Restaurants for their menu, updated specials and more.