2nd impression: good planning/restauranteur backing, but so-so execution. Bambara feels like it would be a high-class, fine dining experience, and it has all the components to be a great restaurant – nice decor, prompt service, etc. However, the cuisine just isn’t there, and pricey dishes just don’t make it worthwhile.
We had a flight to catch so we stopped by Bambara for a quick breakfast before heading out. We both had some Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice, and split a Fruit Plate. I ordered the Atlantic Smoked Salmon Benedict, and my companion had an omelette with Spinach, Tomatoes and Salmon. Her dish also came with some sourdough toast.
The fruit plate was definitely sub-par. I was expecting more melon and stone fruits (being fall) but instead got a spread of apples, oranges, grapes, grapefruit, and kiwi (and one lone strawberry). There was a bit of cantaloupe and honeydew, but not as much as I had hoped. Fruit wasn’t that fresh and wasn’t that high quality either – definitely tart. They also left the skin on the kiwi slices – that’s just sloppy.
My entree was only decent. My eggs were definitely overcooked – I like the yolk to be runny and to spill out over the dish, but no such luck – the yolk was pretty firm. The smoked salmon is what made the dish. The hollandaise sauce was good. The dish also came with some country potatoes, which were decent, but in various states of being overcooked and undercooked.
My companion’s omelette looked pretty good. She mentioned, however, that the eggs were too buttery for her tastes, but the omelette itself appeared to be cooked pretty well – good texture. Her toast was nothing special – but they were pretty generous, providing 2 big slices of bread. There was a LOT of butter on the toast, though, but I didn’t mind that.
Total came to $40. Yeah. I get the feeling that Bambara is really catering to people on business trips with money to spend that isn’t theirs. I’ve had better and more filling breakfasts for more reasonable prices. We looked around the restaurant (Wed morning) and saw that pretty much everyone in the restaurant was a business traveler of some kind.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad that we had a solid eating option in Bambara just down in the lobby. Still, it’s not markedly better than other eating options in Salt Lake City.