Earlier this year I went on a press trip to Park City, Utah where I was introduced to the magical world of Talisker. Located in Deer Valley, Talisker in Tuhaye is an amazingly beautiful private community which they describe as “an exclusive oasis dedicated to the finer things in life.” We were treated to a divine spa and fitness session at the gorgeous Club Park (see above) which is open only to members of the community.
But now, even those who don’t belong to the ultra insider resort can enjoy the beautiful, refined Talisker lifestyle. Recently the property opened Talisker on Main, the brand’s first public venue, a restaurant located on historic Main Street in downtown Park City. I had the opportunity to dine there when it first started accepting reservations during this year’s star studded Sundance Festival. In between trying to spy for celebrities, I enjoyed what was possibly my top meal in Utah. Many places in Park City are incredibly rustic and laid back, favoring Sorel boots over Sergio Rossi stilettos- which certainly has it’s own charm but Talisker on Main is refreshing in it’s casual sophistication. The atmosphere is bright and spacious with gorgeous details that make the ambiance very romantic . In particular, I loved the chandelier that separated the dining room from the kitchen. My simple long sleeved black Alexander Wang dress felt right at home at Talisker, though worlds overdressed at any other Park City venue I went to.
The restaurant offers what it calls a “Taste of Talisker” – literally a fusion of all of Talisker Club’s menus from their various private clubhouses, but figuratively also a little sneak peek into what the Talisker lifestyle is really like. The menu, under the culinary direction of Chef John Murcko, Talisker Club’s VP of Culinary Services, emphasizes fresh local and seasonal ingredients and focuses on “new American fare” such as buttermilk fried chicken breast, short rib “shepherds pie” and bone in ribeye. The menu is a little meat heavy, but I remember having enjoyed a very fresh and delicious salad. I was going through a brussels sprouts phase at the time and absolutely loved their roasted brussels sprouts salad complete with berries and hazelnuts. The best deal is their chef’s tasting, a 4-course seasonal menu which rings in at only $45.
After dinner, I got a tour of the rest of the property which includes, a private wine room (a must visit for any oenophile, a screening room and a four-season patio and garden. In the winter, the warm and inviting patio serves as the perfect apres-ski hangout and during the summer, an ideal open air perch on which to people watch Main Street.
My last memory before leaving the restaurant was how much fun a group of diners were having in the private dining room, chatting away late into the night. That’s the good life I thought and it made so much sense. After all, lifestyle is what Talisker does best.