Saturday, November 26, 2022

Mar Muntanya opens and brings Spanish cooking to Utah

By the time you’re reading this, one of the most anticipated restaurant openings in Salt Lake City will be ready for your order. Thursday October 20th will be the first full night of service for Mar Muntanya, the new Spanish inflected option at the all new Hyatt Regency. The hotels cocktail lounge Contribution, and all day restaurant, Salt Republic, both opened earlier in the week.

Here’s the full presser from the hotel group:

Mar | Muntanya, Salt Lake City’s highly anticipated Spanish-inspired rooftop restaurant, debuts in the heart of bustling downtown on Thursday, October 20, 2022. Mar | Muntanya is the newest dining destination to join the city’s thriving culinary scene. Located in the heart of the vibrant downtown city center, Mar | Muntanya serves up a lively dining experience celebrating the culture and flavors of Northern Spanish cuisine with a Salt Lake twist and equally appetizing views of the surrounding skyline and mountain scenery.

Helmed by Executive Chef Tyson Peterson, a Salt Lake City native, Mar |Muntanya’s menu draws inspiration from the coastal and mountainous regions of Basque Country and Catalonia, where the character of the land is akin to the Great Salt Lake Valley and contrasting Rocky Mountains. “Developing the menu for Mar | Muntanya has been exciting for me,” said Peterson, who has opened two other Spanish-inspired restaurants during his career. “At Mar | Muntanya, we want our guests to leave feeling as if the communities of Northern Spain settled in Salt Lake City and brought their lively culture along with them. We want to recreate a similar feeling of being in Northern Spain, leaning into the spirit and energy, while also being authentic to Salt Lake City.”

Mar Muntanya (Hyatt)
Mar Muntanya (Hyatt)

With a name meaning ‘sea and mountain,’ the menu combines regional specialties from land and sea, while highlighting the culinary bounty in and around Salt Lake City. Farm-to-table dining is a cornerstone of the restaurant, embracing the state of Utah’s preservation and homesteading heritage which parallels the shepherding communities in Northern Spain. Local purveyors such as Morgan Valley Lamb, Jones Creek Beef, Drakes Family Farms and Johnson Family Eggs are featured.

Sophisticated yet approachable, the menu focuses on Chef Peterson’s interpretation of tapas-style dining with small or individual shareable portions. On the menu are tapas and pintxos, common in Spain’s northern Basque Country, such as the M|M Oysters with beef tartare, house-made coctel sauce and spruce mignonette; Elk Carpaccio featuring shepherds’ bread, rosemary cream, forest mushrooms and Manchego cheese; and Funeral Croquettas or cheesy hash-brown casserole fritters with corn flakes, pickled Fresno chili and scallion aioli.

Entrees showcase the land and sea with dishes including Striploin a Rodanxes Niman Ranch grass-fed beef, red chimichurri, horseradish aioli; Slow-Cooked Seabass with Idaho potato, Spanish olive oil, eggplant pisto; and Roasted Elk Tenderloin with potato puree, Iberico bacon, blackberry jus and sage crumb. Entrees to be shared for the table include Paella Mar | Muntanya made with La Bomba rice, Bilbao chorizo, confit chicken thighs, rock shrimp, mussels, piquillo peppers, peas, and saffron. For dessert, indulge in Cinnamon Churros with Leatherby’s hot fudge and caramel; Sour Cream Cheesecake with rioja wine sauce and local cherry conserva; and Lemon Natilla a Spanish-style custard with Mantecado cookie crumble and lemon curd.

From the bar, a menu of craft cocktails features Spanish-style Gin and Tonics including the SLC with gin, dry vermouth, grapefruit juice, tonic and lime; traditional cocktails like the Carajillo with rum, espresso and sugar; and specialty cocktails such as the Apasionado with Pisco Logia Puro, peach syrup, passion fruit syrup, lime and orange bitters. Imported Spanish wines, local Utah ciders, craft and local beers and house-made Sangria, including a signature white and red version, are also on the menu.

An ideal date-night location, Mar | Muntanya is situated on the sixth floor of Salt Lake City’s newest hotel, Hyatt Regency Salt Lake City, boasting stunning rooftop views of the majestic Wasatch Mountains and city skyline. The space, designed by New York agency Parts and Labor Design, features a sophisticated palette of rich colors and textures to create an alluring yet comfortable atmosphere that blends an urban sensibility with the modernity of Salt Lake City.

Mar | Muntanya is located at 170 South West Temple in Salt Lake City, Utah, and will operate five days a week. The restaurant debuts with dinner service Tuesday through Saturday from 5:00pm to 10:00pm. A lighter menu with cocktails is available beginning at 4:00pm. Reservations can be made on Tock, by phoning 385-433-6700 or emailing the restaurant at info@mar-muntanya.com.

For more information, please visit www.Mar-Muntanya.com or follow the restaurant on social media at @marmuntanyaslc.

Stuart Melling
Stuart Mellinghttp://gastronomicslc.com
Hi, I'm Stuart, nice to meet you!  I'm the founder, writer and wrangler at Utah Now Online, Gastronomic SLC, The Utah Review and many other local online publications. I'm a former restaurant critic of more than five years, working for the Salt Lake Tribune.  I've worked extensively with multiple local publications from Visit Salt Lake to Salt Lake Magazine, not least helped to consult on national TV shows. I'm a multiple-award winning journalist and have covered the Utah dining scene for the better part of fifteen years.   I'm largely fueled by a critical obsession with rice, alliteration and the use of big words I don't understand.   Here on Utah Now Online I cover other news in Utah such as the outdoor lifestyle, local arts and events and business news.

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