A new, and much needed, restaurant has recently opened in Blanding, UT: Wonderful Gourmet. The owners of Ocean Pearl and Hong Kong Chinese restaurants of Cortez, CO pooled their resources together and have introduced San Juan County to Chinese and Thai cuisines.
The restaurant is housed in the former Fattboyz/Olde Tymer building located on Route 191. While the exterior had a face lift, the interior is relatively the same. The booths are still in place, while the salad bar is no longer around. The bar with western themed mural is the prep station for the wait staff.
Onto the foods; Egg Rolls (3) are crispy, packed full of shredded vegetables, served with a sweet and sour sauce; very tasty indeed.
The Fried Dumplings (6) are meat filled, served with a soy based sauce and also a nice treat to begin the meal with.
In the mood for exotic beef? Then try Mongolian Beef; thinly sliced beef, onions, green onions in a mildly spiced brown sauce. The chili peppers used give a nice heat to the dish and allow the flavors of the beef and onions to come through. It might look like a heavy meal, but it is surprisingly light.
A favorite at most Chinese restaurants is Sweet and Sour, so how about a Triple Delight? Chicken (all white meat), pork and shrimp in a light, crisp batter; slices of onion and green bell pepper in a delicious sweet and sour sauce.
The main dishes come with white rice, but ask for fried rice instead to intensify the flavor combinations.
Besides dining in, take-out ordering is available; call your order in and before you know it, an awesome meal is on your table.
Wonderful Gourmet is already developing a following in the town of Blanding. I see a great potential for this new business and hope to see it be successful in San Juan County.
Here’s the biggest news yet, Wonderful Gourmet is open on Sundays, which is wonderful news to the residents of, and visitors coming through, the area.
Wonderful Gourmet Chinese and Thai Cuisines, 733 South Main St, Blanding; 435-678-3388.