Hip Southeast Asian hawker-style street food

Ginger Street –

Salt Lake City, UT –  Asian, $$ – Casual
Sifter Critique

Philip H. - Pro Sifter and PhotographerOct 30, 2019

Overall 4.3 / 5.0

4.0

Food

3.5

Service

5

Ambience

4.5

Value

Overview

Ginger Street is a casual “Southeast Asian Hawker Style Street Food” Restaurant. It features a fresh and locally sourced, inventive menu in a hip and clean atmosphere. My spouse and I hit up Ginger Street on a weeknight before a Jazz game. They illuminate the place with bright neon lights, a spinning disco ball, backyard outdoor string lights, and 80’s nostalgic celebrity posters. In my mind, I had just walked into an outdoor sit-down street vendor restaurant.

Value:

Ginger Street offers entrees from $10-$19 a plate. Some entrees only come with vegetables and cost $3-$4 to add meat to the dish. You will find that portions sizes are smaller than other Asian restaurants. It’s not family-style here, so don’t expect to share.

Most popular dishes:

Ginger Street Orange Chicken, Steamed Pork Buns, Pork or Shrimp Steamed Dumplings, Dan Dan Noodles and Green Papaya Salad.

What I ordered:

Steamed Pork Dumplings, Yellow Curry with Chicken, and Ginger Street Orange Chicken.

Food quality:

Steamed Pork Dumplings
The dumplings were a hit! They were packed with pork, cabbage, and garnished with sesame seeds and fresh scallions. The sauce was light and provided excellent ginger and sweet chili tang. Great flavor!

The Yellow Curry
This seasonal special caught me by surprise when I tasted fresh apples. I have never had curry with apples in it. We found it to be a satisfying sweet crunch with the sautéed vegetables and chicken. It also incorporates butternut squash, bright peppers, onions, and Pepita seeds, served with a side of white rice.

Ginger Street Orange Chicken
The chicken is hand-battered then deep-fried. It combines orange zest, scallions, and chili powder served with a side of white rice. We opted out on the spicy kick. The flavor was incredible! Yet, it was heavy on the batter and low on the chicken. We often found empty pockets of fried batter to the ratio of chicken. Our server mentioned this was a staple for Ginger Street, but it was a letdown for us.

Ambiance:

Ginger Street is a fast sit-down dining experience. The atmosphere portrays an outdoor food truck round-up. It’s strung with colored backyard lights, neon signs, a disco ball, colorful tin walls, a corner of vinyl records, foldable wooden picnic chairs, and famous 80’s celebrity posters. Servers wear everyday street clothes and carry an electronic pad to put your order in. They dress each table with a white plate, ginger street chopsticks, napkins, cups, a bottle of red sriracha sauce, and a chili pepper flake shaker. Ginger street also has a large outdoor patio to enjoy during the warmer months.

Service:

The food came out fast after we ordered, within five to ten minutes. The space was clean, but we felt our server was poorly educated on the menu and didn’t describe it well.

What I liked most:

Ginger Street is the perfect place to come to if you want great food in a hurry. We enjoyed the spin on Asian street food and enjoyed the fresh taste that came in almost every bite.

What I disliked most:

The Music was a little loud. We couldn’t hear our server explaining the night’s specials. We heard afterward about their unique desserts. Such as curry or coconut-kaffir Lime soft serve ice cream and what they call “G-Bars.” We were very bummed that our server didn’t recommend one of the sweet treats!

The verdict:

The place is fun, casual, and pretty tasty! We will likely return to try other recommended dishes and hopefully get offered dessert.

Food prepared in this establishment may contain wheat, shellfish, dairy, eggs, soy, and nuts. Please ask the establishment prior to consuming any food.

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