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Indo-Persian Cuisine with Plenty of ‘Good Karma’

8 December 2010 By: Casey One Comment | Editor's Picks, Restaurant Reviews

Warm your belly, gather around a table with friends, and get plenty of ‘Good Karma’ at Park City’s best Indo-Persian restaurant.   Good Karma is considered a Park City local favorite , has been Nationally recognized, and was recently featured on Rachael Ray’s Food Network Show. Good Karma also offers an incredibly fresh, unique menu that is vegetarian friendly, offering a wide range of options for vegan foodies.

Kevin and I were recently invited to review and enjoy an evening at Good Karma, and needless to say we were impressed! We had an incredibly delightful experience full of romance, wine, and wonderful conversations with the Executive Chef, Houman Gohary. But before telling you about the fabulous evening, you need to know about Chef Houman to understand the philosophy behind his food.

About the Chef:

Along with his family, Chef Houman as been a resident in Park City for over 9 years, following 30 years of acclaimed international culinary experience. His culinary experience includes corporate responsibilities at The Ritz Carlton Hotel Company and Grand Summit Hotel at The Canyons. Chef Houman was also a host chef on NBC’s Today Show during the 2002 Utah Winter Olympics in Park City and again during the 2006 Olympics in Italy. If this weren’t an already impressive list, Chef Houman has also made appearances on The Discovery Channel, Food Network, and on PBS as well as many local and state broadcasting channels.

So after working with and perfecting his fusion dishes for years during his travels, Chef Houman moved to Park City and returned to his Persian roots. His mission and inspiration is to keep his dishes pure and to supply flavorful, healthy, and nutritious cuisine for both the discriminating global traveler and the athletic health-minded lifestyles of the local community here in Park City. Chef Houman also makes sure to use seasonal organic products where ever possible, and let me tell you, his dishes are delicious!

When Kevin and I first walked into the restaurant, we were immediately welcomed by our friendly waitress and sat near their fireplace. A romantic spot indeed! Good Karma has a very unassuming, casual and warm atmosphere. Just being there made me feel relaxed and excited to try some new and amazing food.

To start the evening off, Kevin and I ordered a few glasses of wine and the Begumi Platter which was highly suggested by our waitress. The Begumi Platter is an appetizer built for two and includes a feast of vegetarian samples including their famous Samosa, Eggplant Dip, Hummus, and Dolmas accompanied with an array of sauces, condiments, and garnishes. It also included an incredible miso covered vegetable slaw that I couldn’t stop munchin’ on. Surrounding the assortment of delights was lightly toasted pita bread to soak up and dip into the platter of goodies! Kevin and I carefully tasted everything, ignoring the fact that we needed to save room for our main courses. The hummus was amazing, as was the Eggplant Dip and Dolmas. Chef Houmas’ goal of keeping his dishes tasteful, organic, and pure are definitely visible in this dish. We also noticed that the Samosas were baked rather than fried, keeping in line with his health-conscious mindset.  We licked the platter clean and before we knew it, our entrees were on their way.

For our main course, Chef Houman prepared a massive amount of food for us to dive into and sample. I’m pretty sure we ate enough for 6 people, with little left to take home. Seriously, we ate at Good Karma almost a week ago, and I’m still full! Our entrees included:

Salmon Kado ~ An herb Crusted Atlantic Salmon with Pearl Couscous and steamed spinach

Raj Tiger Shrimp ~ Marinated Jumbo Shrimp in Kafir Lime, Herbs, a secret spicy sauce

Vegetarian Curry of the Day ~ An incredible combination of Butternut Squash, Garbanzo Beans, Zucchini, Almonds, and Coconut Milk

Vegetarian Daal Curry ~ Lentils cooked with Spinach, Tomato, and Garam Marsala Seasoning

Saag Paneer ~ Creamed Spinach with Chick Peas, Mustard Leaves, and other added spices

Our entrees were served with an ample amount of home-baked super fluffy naan, basmati and saffron rice, sweet mango chutney, plain yogurt, and minted couscous. By the time we finished eating, it was time for me to find a larger pair of pants! But that’s what happens when you eat incredible food – you just can’t stop the fork to mouth movements and you just don’t want it to ever end. So that’s what happened – I was stuffed to the brim and lovin’ life, and bam – it was time for… DESSERT! ! ! Good Karma and Chef Houman sure do know how to treat a girl right.

Before the threat of dessert came, our waitress brought us out a small sampler of their home-made soy milk chai tea which was a fantastic way to whet our appetite for the sweeter part of the night. As we sipped on our chai, Chef Houman brought us out a huge sampler of tasty treats which included Baklava, Lemon Tort drizzled with raspberry and chocolate sauce, and a variety of strawberries and blue berries. Houman explained to us that all the desserts created in Good Karma are actually made by his two 7 and 10 year old children who love to bake. What a great way to incorporate family fun into the restaurant. And let me tell you – those little kids have some serious talent. The desserts were both amazing, and we had no problem licking the plate clean yet again! Oh Baklava, how I love thee….

To sum up our evening at Good Karma, I can really only say one thing: Pleasurable! Pure and Simple. We had an absolutely wonderful night enjoying out-of-this-world international cuisine and are thrilled to have been invited for such an experience. I can truly say that Good Karma is one of Park City’s dining gems. Thanks to Blanca and Chef Houman for allowing us to taste all of the wonderful menu items.

Aside from being an incredible place to eat, Good Karma also offers food for finicky kids, including burgers and mac n’ cheese. So if you have a picky young one, worry no more! They also serve as one of Park City’s more popular take-out restaurants with their own ‘take-out’ specific window and to-go items including naan, basmati rice, hummus, soups and more all under the title “Instant Karma”. I will be taking advantage of their to-go items after deep skiing pow days for sure!

So whether you are looking for a little ‘Instant Karma’ or Plenty of ‘Good Karma’, we can honestly say you will be happy eating at Park City’s beloved Good Karma restaurant. Good Karma is located off main in Prospector on 1782 Prospector Ave. They also serve an all American breakfast, lunch and even customized catering packages. For reservations, call 435-658-0958.

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