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lil mikey | Oct 3, 200205:53 PM    

I had a nice dinner at Mistral last night. It’s on Ventura Boulevard in Studio City.

Started with the ahi sashimi appetizer, which featured chopped ahi, blended with green onion, celery and mild spicing and formed into a patty about the size of a tuna can. It was served with white toast triangles. It was very good.

My buddy had the potato soup, which looked good.

For the main course was the short ribs. They were cooked to perfection and not too fatty. They were served with thinly sliced artichoke leaves mixed with a potent red wine reduction sauce. In fact the sauce was so thick, I thought they were beets when the dish was served. There was also a dollop of mashed potato, perfectly cooked and mashed.

The pal had the chicken, which was crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside. It looked and smelled great.

The bread was hot and fresh, and the service was exceptional.

We went early (seven-ish), and were among the first in the restaurant. As we left, the other tables were filling up, and the place was becoming quite loud. The walls, floor and ceiling are hard surfaces. There is no material or anything to baffle the sound in this mid-sized boxy restaurant. So it gets quite loud with a full house.

If you don’t like the noise, just get there early, as we did, and you’ll have great service and a wonderful meal.

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