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Log Haven

I often get asked by friends and followers of my blog where I would recommend for a special occasion such as an anniversary or birthday, or even a special date where you want to make a big impression.  Not only had I never heard of Log Haven in my 15 years of living in Salt Lake City, I’m pretty embarrassed to say I’ve never heard of Millcreek Canyon either.  I now have the official answer for the “special occasion” question and that is by far Log Haven.  It has been voted multiple times as “Most Romantic” restaurant in Utah, so my sweetheart and I made our way up the canyon last week for my birthday dinner.

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The entrance to Millcreek Canyon can be accessed by taking the 3900 South exit from I-215 and proceeding just North of Olympus Cove.  You will have a sign of where to head up through the Canyon.  We drove by lots of really nice trails and scout camps on our way up.  Keep in mind that at the time of this post there is a $3.00 fee per car to drive up the canyon, but Log Haven will validate this trip for you.

The interior of Log Haven is incredible.  All wood floors and as you can imagine from the title, log walls.  Everything is themed with the outdoors and nature.  The place has a really warm lodge feel to it.  When it gets a bit darker they have Christmas lights on the walls that accent the windows.  Everything is real cozy which I guess where the “romantic” feel comes in.

You can check out Log Haven’s website for information on the menu, events, and even browse through photos of the place.  The menu has something for everyone from gluten-free to vegetarian.  They put a lot of value on locally sourced high quality products.

Grilled Bison Teres Major Steak

Grilled Bison Teres Major Steak

My wife went with the bison steak.  The bison meat was spectacular, and we both appreciated how Log Haven combined the earthy flavors of brussel sprouts and yams, with the savory aioli sauce and candied pancetta.  This dish was full of great flavor and texture.  Muah!

Bourbon - Cider glazed Duroc Pork

Bourbon – Cider glazed Duroc Pork

My dish was the freaking bomb.com.  I love some sweetness to my pork and the cherry gastrique addition on top made me feel like a kid in the candy store.  The cherry along with the “foux gras butter” on top combined to make the perfect flavor combination to the pork.  The dish was served on top of a sweet potato and bacon hash that would have been delicious on its own.

Tres Leches

Tres Leches

On a recent cross-country trip on Delta I watch an inflight movie “Chef” with Jon Favreau, Sofia Vergara, and Scarlett Johansson.  In the movie Favreau’s character is a chef that receives a horrible review from one of L.A’s most followed critics played by Oliver Platt.  One of the critic’s complaints was the chef’s approach to molten lava cake.  In the movie the cake looked really good, but it was straight forward with no real imagination about it.  I thought of this scene when Log Haven brought out their tres leches cake.  I’ve spent a lot of time in Latin America and feel pretty familiar with tres leches cake.  Don’t get me wrong, I love the stuff and would eat it all day long.  At the end of the day though, most people around town from Mexican bakeries to Cafe Rio take the exact same approach to their tres leches.  They take a spongy cake and drench it with an evaporated milk substance and coat it with frosting and whipped creme.  Log Haven takes a really refreshed, unique, and ultimately delicious approach to the dessert.  They coat it with a dark rum sauce and two different flavors of hand spun toppings.  The cake itself is moist but not milk-logged.  They stay true to the principle behind the tres leches and execute and create something that is simply magnificent.  The funny thing about this dessert is that in the 5 minutes our waiter spent describing all of these amazing sounding desserts, this was one he didn’t touch upon.  If the tres leches was this good, I’m willing to bet a few Schrute Bucks and Stanley Nickles that the rest of the desserts are awesome too.

Guys and Girls.  Log Haven is amazing.  Price wise if you aren’t drinking wine, expect to spend $70-$100 for dinner.  My wife and I had an appetizer, 2 entrees, and a dessert and it came out at about $80.  For a special occasion though where price isn’t an issue, this place is definitely a wise choice.  The food was incredibly.  The service was spectacular from the wait staff, to the pianist.  Everything was spot on.  Consider Log Haven for your next special dinner or event.

2 comments

  1. Those are two entrees I’ve never tried during my visits to Log Haven. Thanks to your descriptions, I know more about what I’m missing out on. (I am partial to the White Miso Halibut, and the Steak-and-Lobster special.)

    • Hyrum Romrell /

      Valerie – I almost went with the steak and lobster special. Will definitely try that next time, I’m sure everything is really good!

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