Brilliant New Years Day Brunch.
I recently had one of the best dining experiences ever at the Oasis Cafe. First, I called just to see if they were open New Years day. They were, and when I asked if I needed a reservation, they said that I would not need one, but that they would be pleased to take one for me if I liked. My wife, two year old little girl and I arrived and we were seated right away, we did not need to ask for a booster seat either, it was offered.
Our drink orders were taken promptly. I requested a glass of Champagne and some fresh cut limes on the side, no questions or weird looks, they just brought me what I requested.
After my wife ordered for herself and our little one, I asked if I might deviate from the standard menu by combining the Crab Cakes with the Eggs Benedict instead of the Salmon. Our waiter was prompt to confirm with the manager and get my special order placed.
I am a particular fan of Crab Cakes Benedict. These were the best Crab Cakes Benedict I have ever had! The Crab Cakes were the closest in flavor to real Maryland Lump Crab Cakes that I have had outside of Maryland. The hollandaise sauce was perfect.... Light with just the right amount of tanginess, not overly sweet and syrupy. My compliments to the chef.
The atmosphere was delightful. We came in at about 12:30 PM. Fresh snow had fallen that morning and into the open patio south of the restaurant, between the restaurant and the bookstore on the other side. The sun gleamed over the snow and poured into the dining area through the south facing windows, giving the whole place a feeling of warmth on that clear winter day. Perhaps it was the sunlight refracting in to the room, but as I looked about the restaurant everyones eyes seemed to have a sparkle of happiness in them. I was overwhelmed with joy as I dined with my family and played peek-a-boo with my little girl at the table.
I could not put a price on such a marvelous dining experience. -It was perfect.
Avoid the Oasis. Oasis is horrible. The service was terrible, the food just as bad. I used to frequent this place years ago and it was quite good. I don't know what happened, but I would recommend avoiding it now. The waiter took forever to even notice us - then he brought water in dirty glasses. The food took forever to arrive, over 40 minutes, and then it was barely passable as food. The waiter then resumed ignoring us, never brought more water or even a check. Chipped plates were also used to serve food, a big no-no in the restaurant world. Eventually we wandered out and my friend went to Golden Braid to look around, while I tried to pay someone - I should've just left since nothing was worth paying for. Eventually someone at the front took my money. I recommend avoiding this place. What an awful experience. I don't know what happened to the old Oasis, or the old Golden Braid for that matter. They must be under new ownership, what a shame. Stay away.
Not so much....
I didn't like the oasis cafe. The actual building has potential, but the food was okay, the service was horrible. Our server came once to take our order, and once to bring our food, and that was it. We had to find someone to give us our check. I wanted to ditch.
I haven't gone back since, and i will not go out of my way to do so.
I did like the fact that they had such an extensive vegan and vegetarian menu, maybe that food is better than what we got?
Pretty good. Overpriced, but good overall. Not the kind of place most people outside of Utah would expect. Good place to go for coffee and a pastry or a lunch outside.
true Oasis. What a find in SLC. a unique blend of the perfect setting and excellent food - and gracious, talented staff. There are few places in SLC that I think are good on all three points. Winter or Summer the Oasis has the perfect setting.
good place to eat for vegetarians, vegans, and don't worry, for meat eaters too! :). I love their sandwiches here, and there hummus...yum! Plus they have a really great wine list to choose from (not huge, but good) and the patio seating is very nice. I didn't mind the birds at all. And although the service is a little slow, they are still very nice and eager to accomodate dietary needs.
Healthy Brunch and Some Sun. I'm always looking for a good place to sit in the sun and eat some healthy food. When I found the Oasis Cafe, I was ruined forever. The food was filling, tasty AND healthy. The best part is that my girlfriend and I go on detoxifications occasionally, and Oasis still had plenty to offer, despite our very strict diets. I love this place.
Your Vegan friends will thank you. Oasis could use some work as far as service is concerned, but the food is great. I especially enjoyed the salad with Herb Roasted Chicken. My brother is Vegan and he loves Oasis, since it caters to his persuasion with obvious care, while being sure not to sacrifice flavor. The mushroom ravioli dish is wonderful, as is the cheese sampler.
Where haute cuisine and healthy food live in perfect harmony..
The Oasis, located in the same building as the Golden Braid Bookstore, has an inviting and comfortable atmosphere. A courtyard between the bookstore and the cafe serves as a pleasant patio, though it can get hot on summer afternoons. Dinners here are enjoyable. A small fountain in the center of the courtyard is surrounded by herb-filled pots.
Sophisticated vegetarian, seafood and vegan fare with international flavors. Breakfast includes German buttermilk pancakes, Santa Fe huevos rancheros and homemade granola. For lunch, choose from a variety of sandwiches and salads. Try coriander-crusted tuna sandwich or roasted vegetable muffaletta. Standout dinner entrees include eggplant ravioli and a smoked salmon fillet. To drink, it has a well-balanced wine list and also offers local beers. Or choose from a variety of juices, coffees and teas.
Going Downhill!. I used to enjoy very much the Oasis until they changed their menu. Since that time I feel the quality and variety of the food has gone downhill. It is not as good. some of my favorite dishes are gone and the price is too much for what you get.
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