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Mirabelle - long

WildSwede | Oct 25, 2004 04:21 PM

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 Joe’s - 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 Chin’s 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 steak’s 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!


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