Stuart Melling

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Hi, I'm Stuart, nice to meet you!  I'm the founder, writer and wrangler at Gastronomic SLC and The Utah Review; I'm also a former restaurant critic of more than five years, working for the Salt Lake Tribune.  I've worked extensively with other local publications from Utah Stories through to Salt Lake Magazine and Visit Salt Lake. I'm a multiple-award winning journalist and have covered the Utah dining scene for more than a decade.   I'm largely fueled by Uinta Cutthroat, alliteration and the use of too many big words I don't understand.  I ate all the pies.

Baxters American restaurant review

One of Salt Lake City's newest restaurants arrives with little to no local fanfare. It's obvious a lot of time, money and effort has gone into this new eatery. Too gimmicky or just plain fun? Read on to find out more.

Weekly round-up 02/29/08

A bumper crop of 5 reviews this week including items from Your Heart Out and The Salt Lake Chow Hounds. Restaurants tackled this week include Z'Tejas, 350 Main, Q4U and Yamasaki.

Sapporo Japanese Grill restaurant review

Yet another Japanese restaurant appears on the already bustling Salt Lake City scene. We take a trip down to Sapporo Japanese Grill to see how this new restaurant stacks up against the competition. Read on to find out more.

Weekly round-up 02/22/08

Settebello does everything right for pizza lovers while Shanghai Cafe gives great budget vietnamese food. Thai Orchid and Citta Gelato & Cafe make up the heavyweight reviews. Ted Scheffler tackles the unique Yurt dining experience.

Braza Grill restaurant review

We thought we would take a break from the structured set-up of the standard dining experience. This week we tried Braza Grill in Murray. So how does this Brazilian export stack up against the more traditional restaurant meal. Read on to find out.

Weekly round-up 02/15/08

The first in a planned weekly round-up of all the latest restaurant reviews in Salt Lake City. This week sees five in total from The City Weekly, ASKSLC, Deseret Morning News, Salt Lake Tribune and Salt Lake Chowhounds.

Cedars of Lebanon restaurant review

Cedars of Lebanon has long been on our list of restaurants to visit. We are huge lovers of Middle Eastern food. Varying reasons have conspired over the years to stop us sampling this popular down town spot. This week we finally laid this to rest.

Monsoon Thai Bistro restaurant review

Thai food is without question now a standard cuisine on the culinary map. With so many options and locations opening apace, a reliable goto place is a must. We go over our personal favorite.

Bambara wins AAA four diamond award

Bambara restaurant has just a won the prestigious AAA four diamond award. I for one am excited to make a repeat trip to...

Ganesh Indian Cuisine restaurant review

This week we head Southwards to Fort Union, in order to check out Ganesh Indian Cuisine. Indian food being one of our most loved cuisines meant we were quite excited for the meal. Read on to see if that was justified.

Stella Grill restaurant review

A new restaurant from the group that brought Salt Lake Martine? Things look promising for this casual and unassuming neighbourhood restaurant. Read on to see our latest visit to Stella Grill.

Indochine Vietnamese Bistro

UPDATE 2013: See here for our latest review of Indochine Vietnamese restaurant. Recently we reviewed the seemingly polarizing Indochine Vietnamese Bistro. Over in the...

Pho Green Papaya restaurant review

West Valley City is home to a vast array of worldy flavours. Pho Green Papaya adds another Vietnamese restaurant to an already burgeoning landscape of top notch eateries. How does this new kid on the block fare?

Monsoon Thai Bistro

This sunday (January 13th) sees Monsoon Thai Bistro's latest wine dinner, focusing on Cabernet Sauvignon. A steal at $25 for 6 courses with...

Kyoto restaurant review

While most may be huddled over their Udon and Sukiyaki in the cold winter months, we love sushi all year round. Join us on our most recent trip to the ever consistent Kyoto.

Tandoor Indian Grill

Over in the City Weekly Ted Scheffler also reviews Tandoor Indian Grill. Previously reviewed a while back here on Gastronomic SLC. Seems...

Bambara restaurant follow-up

A brief follow-up review covering a recent revisit to Bambara. The menu has seen a couple of new arrivals, naturally we had to give them a test drive.

Tandoor Indian Grill restaurant review

Tandoor Indian Grill breathes new life into the space formerly occupied by Bombay Express. Will this newcomer be as short lived as the previous tenant? Read more to find out the experience of our first visit.

ACME Burger Company restaurant review

Gourmet burgers come to Salt Lake City courtesy of ACME Burger Company and the talented Adam Kreisel. A well known pedigree and an interesting concept combine. Read more and find out how well.

Sugarhouse Barbeque restaurant review

Reliable restaurants are not easy to find. Sugarhouse Barbeque is a stalwart of the Salt Lake dining scene, so surely something is being done right here? Read more to find out exactly what that is.