The Gluten-Free Gourmand
Hapa Grill is a beautiful Asian fusion restaurant in Park City’s Redstone shopping center in the Kimball’s Junction area. Redstone is a somewhat upscale strip mall with a few fun boutiques like my favorite cosmetics boutique Splendor, some big box chains like Bed, Bath, & Beyond and Petsmart, a couple restaurants and fast food joints, and a small Whole Foods store. Despite it’s convenient location, I’ve only been there twice before. I had one horrible experience there a couple years back and swore off.
Then…I heard that they added Bahn Mi, a heavenly French-influenced Vietnamese sandwich (if you have yet to try a Bahn Mi I COMMAND you to get on that right now!!). I sent my husband an email of the menu and a plea to take a long lunch with me to check it out. In no time at all, he rushed to my job and off we went.
We were immediately shocked to see the place busy with well-dressed business types. We already knew the atmosphere was impressive, but had no idea the word had spread so much. Unfortunately, that was the first thing to doom our visit. Turns out a large business party had ordered so many Bahn Mi’s that they were clear out of them. Wha?? Super bummed.
Another bummer was that they were no longer offering the starters from their lunch menu from their website so I didn’t get to order the Pork Belly Spring Rolls. We instead opted for the Carnita’s Chino, which I read about in a few Yelp reviews. Not a bad choice at all! The pork shoulder was well-seasoned and moist and the Kimchi salsa was a perfect Asian twist on the Mexican favorite.
For entrées, I ordered the Thai Beef Salad ($10.95) and the hubby ordered the Crisped Pork Ramen ($9.95). Both dishes were extremely disappointing. The Thai Beef Salad, which I kind of stupidly envisioned would be like Waterfall Beef Salad, was too sweet for my taste, the beef too dry, and the dressing had nothing of the complex flavors of traditional Thai food. I understand that it is a fusion place, but I think a little fish sauce, lime juice, and Thai chilies would really liven this dish up. The ramen was too salty, didn’t have any of the wonderful toppings expected from a Japanese ramen house, and the noodles were very overcooked.
From our past experience, the wonderful tacos were an anomaly as it appears the main dishes continue to be disappointing. Off to continue our search for good lunch options in Park City…