Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Mazza Middle Eastern Cuisine in Salt Lake City

After a long day finalizing interior plans for my first PF, we squeezed in an early supper at Mazza on 9th & 9th before heading back to Park City. Spunky interior at Mazzaopen ceiling in lavender, duct work and crown molding in metallic bronze, artsy tile floors and funky middle eastern style lanterns everywhere.
Still holding on to my temporary handicap parking pass (yes, still limping) we scored a parking space right in frontyeah! The restaurant was packed with an urban, academic-looking, preppy crowd.
LEBANESE SALAD, medley of crunchy cucumbers, ripe tomatoes, crisp lettuce, radishes, chopped green onion, house dressing.  This was not the cucumber salad I was expecting (didn't see the "lettuce"). Dressing was a little bland, everything was crisp, but I was still craving cucumbers. 3 appetizers for $10.
MAZZA SPECIAL RICE, basmati rice cooked in chicken broth, seasoned all-natural ground beef, nuts, raisins.  This was a little plain, a little off, missing some kick.
MUHAMARA, traditional Aleppan dip made with walnuts, pomegranate molasses, toasted bread crumbs, olive oil, roasted bell peppers, spices, ground to a past and served with lettuce.  This was our favorite out of the trio of apps. Finally the kick we were looking for. We actually had to smear some of this red Muhamara stuff on everything to make the meal bearable.
LAMB AND RICE DOLAA, braised shoulder cut lamb in 9 spices, rice cooked in broth, garnished with pine nuts, almonds, cucumber-yogurt sauce, $18.  This was rich and meaty but bland (which was why we added gobs of the red Muhamara paste). I savored the orange garnish twist.
MAZZA'S CHICKEN AND POTATOES MUTABBAK, chicken breast, potatoes, sweet golden onion, baked in tangy sweet tamarind sauce, basmati rice, a Mazza signature dish, $17.  AWESOME! We were really bummed out from our first set of bland orders and had to order one more thing before leaving. We spotted this dish at someone else's table. This dish saved the daythe tamarind sauce was sweat and sour, amazing over fresh white basmati and crispy potatoes. The crispy salty potatoes were a surpriseso crunchy and tasty! :)
Mazza Middle Eastern Cuisine at 9th & 9th
(801) 521-4572
912 East 900 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84105
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1 comment:

  1. That looks really delicious! I would love to go there this weekend! I am re-doing the tile in my kitchen and could use a nice meal after!