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Escala Provisions Company – New Upscale Dining at Canyons

10 January 2013 By: Grant One Comment | featured, Restaurant Reviews

This review was written by guest editor Grant Burton.

Carrie and I had the pleasure to dine recently at the new Escala Provisions Company at Canyons Resort in Park City. The restaurant melds a modern vibe with rustic Park City lodge, from its eco-friendly cork floors to the large fireplace as a centerpiece to the restaurant. Floor to ceiling windows offer stunning views over Park City.

Chef Jesse McDannell designed the restaurant from the ground up and crafted an approachable menu made up of familiar comfort foods with a twist. The Escala Provisions Company menu was created under Hyatt’s philosophy of “food thoughtfully sourced, carefully served.” Local independent farmers supply pork and lamb. The vast majority of menu items are made from scratch on site with artisan bread and desserts supplied by local Pierre Country Bakery.

We were also pleased to find out that the restaurant also has healthy offerings for children, including half portions of regular menu items and baked chicken tenders, rather than the fried options we are used to seeing on children’s menus. While the restaurant’s atmosphere is totally appropriate for a date night or business dinner, we would also feel comfortable bringing our entire family.

We started our meal with the Split Pea Soup with seared pork belly and minted crème fraiche ($8) and the Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes with smoked jalapeno aioli ($16). Both were outstanding. There is something homey and comforting about a bowl of split pea soup and this exceeded my expectations. The texture was smooth and the flavor rich and smokey. The minted crème fraiche added a creaminess and a very slight hint of mint that was not overwhelming. The crab cakes were meaty and the jalapeno aioli gave them just a little spicy bite, creating a unique take on a familiar favorite, making it anything but typical.

Next we had the Baby Iceberg Salad ($12) and Traditional Ceasar Salad ($9). The baby iceberg salad was topped with bacon, boiled egg, tomato, avocado, chives and a lemon Dijon vinaigrette. The lemony dressing absolutely made this salad. The ceasar salad, on the other hand, was the only disappointment of the night. The salad was overwhelmed by the flavor of the dressing. Incidentally, this dressing is one of the only menu items not made on-site.

For our main courses we selected the Herb Grilled All Natural Prime Flat Iron ($34) and the Grilled Loch Duart Salmon ($28). The flat iron was incredibly rich and tender, topped with creamy roasted garlic potatoes, citrus scented asparagus, and fricassee of mushrooms. The salmon had a fresh, light flavor, served atop wheat berry risotto with meyer lemon gastrique. The risotto was slightly sweet and absolutely delicious and such a great, lighter alternative to a typical heavy, creamy risotto.

Dessert was the highlight of the night. A trip to Escala Provisions would not be complete without trying their signature S’more Cake ($8). It is warm, chocolaty heaven  served right up in a jar. The dish is made with layers of flourless chocolate cake, graham cracker and house made bruleed marshmallow served warm in a Mason jar. We also tried the Roasted Apple Tart with whipped eggnog ($8). The tart was the perfect festive flavor for a cold winter night and is a nice lighter option at the end of a rich meal.

Escala Provisions Company may be a little off the beaten path for those who are not staying or skiing at Canyons Resort, though it is definitely worth the trip – and worth saving room for dessert! We will be back for more without a doubt.

More Information:
Escala Provisions Company
Hyatt Escala Lodge at Canyons
3551 North Escala Court, Park City, UT 84098
Reservations: 435-940-1234 or online through Open Table
Hours: Breakfast on Wed-Sun from 7am-11am, Dinner on Tues-Sat from 5pm-10pm

Disclosure: We were invited by the marketing agency representing Escala Provisions Company to dine at the restaurant before it was open to the public. Our meals were paid for by this agency.

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