Colton Soelberg and Joseph McRae, the creators of Pizzeria 712 in Orem, have done it again. With the recent opening of their new restaurant Communal in Provo, they have created yet another wonderful haven for foodies in the midst of the valley. From what I hear, this restaurant makes 2 down, with a few dozen more to go for these culinary wizards
The menu at Communal is diverse, and full of fantastic comfort foods such as Tomato Bread Pudding, Braised Bacon, Steak, Pot Roast…and the list goes on. While the prices are a little high for the portions, the flavors will quickly drive such thoughts from your mind.
The menu is divided into a number of categories, such as Greens, To Start, Starches, Vegetables, Meat and Sweets. Mix and match whatever makes your mouth water to assemble your meal.
We elected to go with two entrees, one starch, one vegetable, and a sweet. I apologize for not getting pictures of everything.
For the entrees, we had the Grilled Flatiron Steak with Gremolata Butter, $15, and the Pot Roast with Pan Jus, also $15. Both were perfectly cooked, with the Pot Roast being easily the best I’d ever tasted. My mouth is watering again just writing this The steak with the Gremolata butter was tender and juicy, but also very bitter. However, I’m sure it was just a bad batch of Gremolata (parsley, lemon zest, garlic), which is a concoction that is easy to do wrong.
For our starch we went with the Potato Leek Gratin, $5, which was absolutely wonderful. I’ve always loved Au Gratin potatoes, and these were the best example I’ve tasted, as we scraped the dish clean and considered ordering more.
For our veggie we had a Roasted Squash with Apples and Thyme, $5, which was both inventive and tasty. The flavor profile was very unique, and each bite was quite delicious.
We rounded it all out with a Peach Pandowdy with Vanilla Ice Cream, $8, which was one of the best desserts I’ve tasted.
I’ve eaten at a lot of great restaurants, and to have tasted 3 different things at one place that I can say are the best I’ve had is quite an accomplishment. Not only can I say I will be back, but I will be back quite often!
Dinner for 2, with tax and tip, came to roughly $60, so for most people I would class this restaurant as a special occasion spot. Seating is limited, and I would recommend reservations, whether for lunch or dinner.
They are located at 100 North University Ave., in Provo, right on the corner next to Goldsmith’s. They are open for lunch Tuesday to Friday from 11:30am to 2:30 pm, and for dinner Tuesday to Saturday from 5pm to 10pm.
You can view their website here: Communal Provo
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