Hearth on 25th is what I would consider to be one of the few, if not only, fine dining restaurants on historical 25th Street in Ogden. The menu consists of upscale twists on traditional favorites and unique offerings, such as yak, which are pretty hard to encounter anywhere else.
We had a party of eight for dinner and were seated in the balcony room which offered a treetop view down 25th St. We had the room and the balcony to ourselves for the entire meal, which really helped to enhance the dining and conversation experience.
The restaurant has a good selection of wines and all of us were impressed with the Ondalan Rioja. I took the opportunity to have the Espresso Rubbed Yak, which was seared and served rare. It's a very lean and flavorful meat, reminiscent of bison, but it also reminded me of deer meat in the texture, but with no gaminess. The cauliflower puree accompaniment had just the right amount of fat that the meat lacked. The overall dish is not a large portion, so big eaters beware. I wish that the potato-leek cake had been larger or that there'd been two to make up for the trim cut of the yak.
Desserts are also small, but moderately priced at $6 apiece. I had the Italian Budino, a chocolate cake with a rich, gooey, chocolate center. It was really good, especially when paired with the saffron ice cream (which was sold separately).
Service from Michael and his team was excellent and they curated a great dinner that all the diners are sure to remember. And that's the point when going to a place like this - make memorable experiences, not just food.