CoreLife Eatery –

Great if you are in need for a quick, healthy meal and don’t mind bringing your own salt

Sandy, UT – American, Korean, Thai, Mexican – $$ – Fast Casual 
Sifter Critique

Nicole O. - Pro SifterNov 7, 2018

4.1

Food

4.2

Ambience

3.6

Service

Overview

This restaurant has a lot of home-style classics like bone broth chicken soup and protein plates with your choice of meat and veggies. They also have salads and several takes on international dishes. We typically stay away from chain restaurants when we write reviews and only go to them when we are in need of a fast, quick meal. New to Utah, several friends had recommended Core Life so we decided to give it a try, as we traditionally like restaurants that offer healthier options.

Value

Depending on the dish you get, one large entree could easily feed two adults. The food is a little on the pricier side, but you get what you pay for.

3 most popular dishes

Korean BBQ Pork, Grilled Chicken Tortilla Soup, and Mediterranean Salad

What I ordered

I ordered the Korean BBQ Pork, Bone Broth Chicken and Rice Noodle, and Chicken Power Plate with quinoa and Brussel sprouts.

Food quality

I have a mixed opinion. I really enjoyed the Korean BBQ plate. It was hearty, unique, and all of the flavors stood out and worked really well together with the purple rice, kimchi, cucumbers, spicy broccoli, sriracha sprouts, over-easy egg, and slow-roasted pork. If I would have only eaten this dish, I would have nothing but good things to say.

On the other hand, the Chicken and Rice Noodle soup was disgusting and the Powerplate was tasteless. The chicken in both dishes were very plain and lacked seasoning and salt. The vegetables in the soup were raw and uncooked, which made it lack the comfort you expect from soup. The vegetables in the Powerplate were charred. There was a complete absence of flavor. It tasted like they just cooked both dishes in water. I was also very disappointed with the bone broth too. Their broth was cooked without any veggies or spices so it lacked depth from broth you make at home.

Ambiance

The ambiance was average. The inside felt like a Jamba Juice. It was dimly lit and had casual seating with booths. There were no employees cleaning up and many people left the food on their tables instead. The music in the restaurant was soft to the point that it was almost unnoticeable. I couldn’t really sense the theme or mood the restaurant was trying to portray. The employees seemed nice but unsure of how to do things. They forgot the chicken in our soup. It is a new restaurant so lack of understanding is normal but I wasn’t sure there was anyone managing the store.

What I liked most

I liked their Korean BBQ Pork bowl, Honey Ginger Honey Lemonade, and Apple Cider. I also liked how quickly the meals were served. It only took about 5 minutes to get our entire order.

What I disliked most

Too many options on the menu. Also, 2 out of the 3 dishes we ordered needed salt, spices, or some sort of flavor. The servers at the food assembly line were also a bit standoffish. If you come here, you really need to stick with what’s popular or you will likely regret coming here. I think they need to simplify their menu and only focus on the entrees they’re good at.

Price tag range icon
$7 to $12 per entree

4.1

Food

4.2

Ambience

3.6

Service

Overview

This restaurant has a lot of home-style classics like bone broth chicken soup and protein plates with your choice of meat and veggies. They also have salads and several takes on international dishes. We typically stay away from chain restaurants when we write reviews and only go to them when we are in need of a fast, quick meal. New to Utah, several friends had recommended Core Life so we decided to give it a try, as we traditionally like restaurants that offer healthier options.

Value

Depending on the dish you get, one large entree could easily feed two adults. The food is a little on the pricier side, but you get what you pay for.

3 most popular dishes

Korean BBQ Pork, Grilled Chicken Tortilla Soup, and Mediterranean Salad

What I ordered

I ordered the Korean BBQ Pork, Bone Broth Chicken and Rice Noodle, and Chicken Power Plate with quinoa and Brussel sprouts.

Food quality

I have a mixed opinion. I really enjoyed the Korean BBQ plate. It was hearty, unique, and all of the flavors stood out and worked really well together with the purple rice, kimchi, cucumbers, spicy broccoli, sriracha sprouts, over-easy egg, and slow-roasted pork. If I would have only eaten this dish, I would have nothing but good things to say.

On the other hand, the Chicken and Rice Noodle soup was disgusting and the Powerplate was tasteless. The chicken in both dishes were very plain and lacked seasoning and salt. The vegetables in the soup were raw and uncooked, which made it lack the comfort you expect from soup. The vegetables in the Powerplate were charred. There was a complete absence of flavor. It tasted like they just cooked both dishes in water. I was also very disappointed with the bone broth too. Their broth was cooked without any veggies or spices so it lacked depth from broth you make at home.

Ambiance

The ambiance was average. The inside felt like a Jamba Juice. It was dimly lit and had casual seating with booths. There were no employees cleaning up and many people left the food on their tables instead. The music in the restaurant was soft to the point that it was almost unnoticeable. I couldn’t really sense the theme or mood the restaurant was trying to portray. The employees seemed nice but unsure of how to do things. They forgot the chicken in our soup. It is a new restaurant so lack of understanding is normal but I wasn’t sure there was anyone managing the store.

What I liked most

I liked their Korean BBQ Pork bowl, Honey Ginger Honey Lemonade, and Apple Cider. I also liked how quickly the meals were served. It only took about 5 minutes to get our entire order.

What I disliked most

Too many options on the menu. Also, 2 out of the 3 dishes we ordered needed salt, spices, or some sort of flavor. The servers at the food assembly line were also a bit standoffish. If you come here, you really need to stick with what’s popular or you will likely regret coming here. I think they need to simplify their menu and only focus on the entrees they’re good at.

Price tag range icon
$7 to $12 per entree
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