I’ve got to admit when I first heard of Manoli’s, I assumed it was a typical Greek restaurant that served oversized gyros, sides of lemon rice, and desserts drenched in honey. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good gyro here and there but they aren’t an item I crave. Well, let me just say, my naive assumptions were wrong. Way wrong. Manoli’s offers modern Greek dishes that are full flavored, complex, and down right delicious.

Since Ian and I love to try different dishes, we decided to share a few small plates. The sesame encrusted eggplant with yogurt chile cream and honey was perfectly crisp, salty, and slightly sweet. I could eat the eggplant bites like potato chips. It’s just like the saying, “You can’t have just one!” We also devoured the grilled lamb riblets with caper chimichurri and sea salt. Honestly, it’s hard to beat meat that’s fall off the bone tender and topped with an herbaceous, finger licking good sauce.  The octopus with sherry vinaigrette and black sea salt was equally as tender and had a slight smokiness from the grill, which I loved. While I think the Zursun bean salad could have been cooked a bit longer, it was full of flavor and complimented the octopus beautifully.

We ended the meal with one of the most unique desserts: soft serve ice cream topped with pomegranate molasses, olive oil, and sesame seeds. You may question how olive oil and ice cream could be a good combination? Well it was! While the pomegranate molasses may have been a bit on the tart side, it was strangely addicting. I’ve got to admit, it’s a combo I’m going to be messing around with at home.

fried eggplant in white bowl from manoli's

lamb riblets, caper chimichurri, sea salt on white plate from manoli's

grilled octopus with fave beans and lemon piece on white plate from manolii's

soft serve ice cream with pomegranate molasses, olive oil, and sesame seeds from manoli's

cocktail with lemon piece from manoli's

One of my favorite parts of Manoli’s is the ambiance. High ceilings, clean and crisp white walls, bright lights, and an open kitchen. When you step inside, you feel as though you’ve been transported to San Franscisco or New York. The service has been equally as pleasing. Each time, the waiters have offered excellent recommendations and never rushed me through my meal.

I’ve always felt welcome at Manoli’s. And I’m sure you will too. If a birthday or an anniversary is coming up, or you just need an excuse to eat tasty food, I suggest trying Manoli’s. My bet is you’ll be as happy with the experience as I was.

The Deets

402 E Harvey Milk Blvd #2
Salt Lake City, Utah 84111
Dinner:  Tues-Sun 5PM-10PM
Brunch: Sat-Sun 10:00AM-2:30PM
Monday (Closed)

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