The Deconstruct: Oasis Café

Paprika-Crusted Chicken

1-1Salt Lake City’s iconic Oasis Café serves as a serene sanctuary in the heart of the city, but also as a destination for well-crafted and creative cuisine and drink. The friendly Oasis staff and overall restaurant vibe seems perfectly in sync with owner Joel LaSalle’s stated goal “to help people every day to have a little bit better life and simply be happier.”
Complementing chef Efren Benitez’s eclectic menu—which ranges from eggs Benedict Florentine and a toasted brie sandwich, to dinner entrées like wild mushroom strozzapreti pasta and grilled salmon with honey-lavender polenta cake—is an appealing beverage selection of wines, craft beers, cocktails, coffees, lattes, chai and more.
My favorite dish from the Benitez kitchen is his paprika-crusted chicken. Thin-pounded boneless chicken breasts are coated in slightly spicy paprika, sautéed to perfection, and served atop sweet corn risotto, with a drizzle of chili oil circling the plate. The chicken is topped with a colorful mélange of avocado, tomato, bell pepper and onion and is every bit as delectable as it looks. Sweet and spicy flavors, plus contrasting warm and cool sensations from the hot chicken and risotto and raw garnish, make this seemingly simple dish a complex and satisfying one.

151 S. 500 East, SLC • 801-322-0404 • oasiscafeslc.com

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