Some friends and I wanted to meet to get some food and relax. Most of them are based in Newtown Square and we go to Roux3 sometimes. I did some searches and I first came across the place that was in this location before (La Encina?) and discovered it was now Mimosa. I checked the website and it seemed to have the good mix of small plates, salads, etc we were looking for and was BYOB as well.
I was running late so met my friends there. It is basically in a parking lot of an apartment complex, attached to the fitness center I think. Not a ton of ambience, but good lighting, candles and french like prints on the walls. There were 5 of us, and maybe 2 or 3 of the other tables were occupied, mostly by older people who may live in the nearby apartments?
My friends had already ordered some items and had saved me a piece of the amuse bouche duck quesadilla. I ate that as I scanned the menu and it was a nice start. They still seem to be on the "Winter Menu" so I expect it may change soon.
Pretty soon arrived the anchovies, calamari, escargot and appetizer sampler (Sampler of Crab Cake, Duck & Beef Nachos, Serrano Ham, Manchego Cheese).
I didn't try the anchovies (I think there were 3 or 4 big ones.) The calamari was a decent portion, but seemed fairly average to me. The saffron dipping sauce seemed a little too light, but it was OK.
The escargot were served in a neat metal dish with little individual compartments. There were 12 in all. It only came with 3 small pieces of toast/cracker things though. It seemed tender and tasted good. We asked for rolls to soak up some more of that sauce and our server returned with a basket and distributed some nice rolls.
The sampler was also good. There was not a lot of crabcake, but the duck nachos were really great and also had guac and sour cream on top. Somehow the duck worked really well with this and the chips were quite thick. The serrano and manchego was also fine but about what you'd expect.
At some point my friend's got attracted to the entrees even though we originally planned to just get apps and salad. So Beef tenderloin, roasted piglet and the tilapia special were ordered, along with spring mix salad, raddichio/spinach salad and lobster/crab bisque.
The soup came out in an interesting almost funnel shaped bowl. My friend who is a big soup fan really seemed to like it.
The salads and entrees came out next.
I didn't try the tilapia but didn't hear any real complaints about it from my friend who is the big fish eater. The friend who got the beef tenderloin was very happy with the entree. She seems pretty discriminating in her steak so I was surprised she like it so much. I tried it and could see why as it basically melted in my mouth. She also liked the beans along with the entree.
I thought the piglet was the real hit. I tried it and kept eating it. Somehow it just really worked for me. It had a driesh kind of texture but was extremely tender and pretty flavorfull. It tasted different to me than pork I normally encounter.
My spring mix salad was fine and quite larger than I expected. The dressing was fairly light and the egg added a nice touch. The "Local Goat Cheese" was almost too strong. I'm not sure if that means it is more or less fresh. If I got a big chunk the flavor was almost overwhelming, but it added a lot as long as I kept it in small doses.
For dessert we went for Chocolate Hazelnut Truffle Cake, Caramel Pots De Creme and Coffee Gelato. I had been eyeing Peanut Butter Chocolate Mousse Cake on the website but it was not on the menu we were given. The cake was good, a dense flourless cake. But the hazelnut seemed virtually undetectable.
The caramel was the most surprising. I thought it would be something like a flan or creme brulee. But it was more of a deep cup and was almost like pudding only more dense. It was not too sweet but had a strong caramel flavor. It was the surprise hit to most of us. It was served with some whipped cream and a strawberry piece. It was a fairly big cup of it. I didn't try the gelato.
Service was generally good and our server was attentive, especially as the restaurant was pretty empty. We started about 7:30 (me getting there at 8) and left around 9:30. The chef also stopped by at one point to make sure everything was ok. He seemed to be talking a lot to a couple of friends or regulars at one of the other tables.
Our total was around $150 for the 5 of us.
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