Three of us dined yesterday at the ala carte style Sunday Brunch at Mirabelle on Allegheny Avenue in Oakmont. Brunch here was so good I'm now intrigued by what this place must be like for dinner.
We started with cinnamon muffins and citrus scones served with an addictive clotted cream. My wife picked a Mango Bellini from among the 16 Champagne/Bellini/Mimosa choices on the menu. A nice apple parsnip soup followed that was a pleasant mix of savory with slightly sweet. Main entrees for our brunch were mushroom crepes for me and Eggs Bretagne for my two companions. My two crepes had a perfect texture and were wrapped around nicely sauteed mushrooms and Brie, drizzled with a light port wine reduction, and served alongside a nice red potato hash. The Eggs were fluffy scrambled and with a pear, blue cheese and riccotta crepe with a drizzle of balsamic syrup and the hash alongside. Other items on this brunch menu were difficult to pass up: various quiche, breakfast pizza, pancakes, steak & eggs, all with the flair you'd find at the likes of the Cafe at the Frick. John Muth, owner of Mirababelle, managed that venue for seven years. Desserts were a very dense white & dark chocolate tart with a crunchy hazelnut crust and a cheerful apple cranberry "crostata" with creme Anglaise. All brunch entrees at $10 and about the same for champagne and wine pours were solid bargains, as were the desserts at $6 each.
Our experience wildly contradicted China Millman's prickly P-G review of last Dec. '08-we found the decor tastefully simple (not "non-descript") with quite a cozy bar area upon entry. Besides, I'd rather that a restaurateur invest in the food.
Dinner here is at the top of my CH "to do" list. At $16-$18 per entree in this day & age of $25-$35 going rate for entrees I'd characterize as upscale white tablecloth- I'll take tastefully simple. As a bonus, our host informed us that he's sourcing a total of 40 local farms, and it's apparent Mirabelle embraces the slow food movement with aplomb.
Please check it out soon and and post your experience on this thread. Mirabelle's link is posted below- check out their various menus. Ciao.