After driving around Saturday afternoon looking for a place that sounded good for an early birthday dinner, we came upon Mirabelle. After a quick glance at the menu, determined this was the place for us.
We sat in the covered sunroom-like patio off the main dining room. Very nice you are below street level (Sunset) so people are not staring at you as they walk past. Mom ordered a white wine from Australia (forgot the name believe it started with a V, sorry) which was very good (I believe it was the only Australian wine sold by the glass) $8. I ordered the Sour Apple Martini (perfection).
After reading the menu and realizing that they have happy hour every day of the week from 4-7, and that during that time, 7 of their appetizers and small plate selections were available for $7, we determined that we wanted several different tastes rather than just one. We ordered:
Meza Plate (very good) - spinach sesame flatbread served with a white bean hummus (tasted just like the spicy hummus from Trader Joes - which I love), a Beet Tzatziki (delicious) small bits of beets in a creamy sweet-earthy flavored spread, and a goat cheese and avocado puree with their delicious tapenade (tapenade came with their bread, also) on top. Presentation was beautiful.
Ahi Tuna Tartare (recommended by our waiter, Michael) with cucumber & sesame crackers (exceptional) once again, presentation was beautiful. Marinated julienned cucumbers were placed on top of the tartare. I know this will sound odd, and I apologize if I offend anyone, but the lingering flavor was not unlike the taste of Chin Chins Chinese Chicken Salad (which I like very well). We ended up eating a second order of this dish.
Flatiron Steak with green mustard and crispy onions (delicious) grilled to perfection (medium rare), tender, juicy steak. The crispy onions were great with the meat. The green mustard when melded with the steaks juices made for a slightly sweet sauce.
Oysters on the half shell Kumomoto (Oregon) small, deliciously tender. Malpeque (British Columbia) larger, just as tender. Served with sides of horseradish, cocktail sauce, red wine vinegar with shallots and white vinegar with cucumber. The taste of the sea FANTASTIC!! And, 95 cents each during happy hour - definitely cannot be beat!
For dessert we ordered a Chocolate Cinnamon Mascarpone Strudel (I think that is what it was called). It should have been called a tower. Three layers of Phyllo dough with chocolate chip mascarpone and sliced strawberries in between. I do recall that there was the word cinnamon in the name, but am not sure exactly where that fit into the dish. It was very good.
All in all, I will definitely go back especially during the happy hour on weekends!