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Mirabelle Wine Bar Review

Mandy Lin | Jun 18, 2006 11:01 AM

On Friday night, BR and I walked past Mirabelle Wine Bar (on Yonge just south of Eglinton) b/c we heard such good things about it on this board. The chef, Deron, was actually outside at that point, talking to some of the patrons, and we told him that we would be back sometime soon. We also mentioned to him that we were at Savoy Bistro when he was there!

Anyways, after seeing the menu Friday night, and salivating over some of the dishes for a few hours, BR and I decided to try it out. We sat down on the patio around 7:30, and it seemed as though the restaurant was pretty empty, but by the time our apps came out, the whole patio was full, and there were several tables with patrons inside. We started off with some of the "Build your own apps" dishes - yorkshire pudding with fois gras, cheese bread with some yummy stinky cheese and caramelized onions, and the chicken liver parfait. I'm not a fan of liver (and never really eat my mom's chopped liver) but this was fantastic! So creamy with just a slight hint of livery taste. Certainly no aftertaste.

We shared our mains. BR had the bouillabaise - filled to the top with scrumptiously seasoned and grilled seafood (shrimps, mussels, scallops, calamari, and white fish). The broth was loaded with saffron and big chunks of yellow peppers, celery, fennel, and topped with a crispy crouton with roasted red pepper puree. Yum yum yum!

I had the fish two ways: salmon with crispy skin, and tempura cod. Under the fish I found bubble and squeak. This was probably my first experience with the traditional English side, and it surely won't be my last. There was also a little mountain of minted peas on the side.

For the next course, we had an order of "something stinky" (cheese) from the "build your own". This was a suggestion from the owner. We were going to order it during the apps, but he suggested to leave it to the end of the meal - a great suggestion.

We also wanted to finish the meal off with something sweet. They had just run out of the plum tart, but the owner mentioned that they had banoffi, which was not listed on the menu. We opted for that. It is a layered dessert served in a brandy glass. The bottom layer is chocolate and toffee, and the rest is filled with creme anglaise and chunks of banana, and topped with whipped cream. It is truly a decadent dessert!

All in all, this large meal (I was super stuffed at the end) cost $140 for two (included a bottle of wine at $35, taxes and tip).

We will definitely come back and see Deron again. But as BR is still stuffed this morning, we might order a little less ;)

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