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Mix Restaurant - wow

Megan | Aug 7, 200407:01 PM

I posted this in response to someone's question about Mix, but later thought I should probably post it on its own, so here goes:

I have been meaning to write a review all week. I HIGHLY recommend this restaurant. My SO and I went for our anniversary last Sat. night. I am the restaurant-obsessed one, so I usually pick where we eat. He picked this time and it was a complete surprise. He told me he did "chowhound research." A wise man. From the drinks at the bar to the dessert and coffee, everything was flawless.

We sat at the bar and enjoyed cocktails upon our arrival. I had the "air martini" - not too sweet and an unusual flavor. Also well prepared. My SO had a mojito - so hard to get a good one these days now that everyone makes them but this bartender knows his stuff. A promising start.

We then were seated at a great table in corner of the patio (closest to Santa Monica Blvd). I was concerned about smoking, but Mix designates only one part of the patio for smoking, so our table was smoke free. The patio has a tent feel due to the plastic covers, keeping it a comfortable temperature and also relatively quiet - surprising given it is at SM Blvd and Crescent Heights.

Our server, Aaron (or could be Erin?), was terrific. He suggested several items I might have passed on, and his recommendations were right on the money. He also pointed us to 3 or 4 red wines that were around $40 (I loved the wine list, btw), one which was a Cab/Syrah blend from Italy - tasted nothing like Italian wines I've had and went well with the food.

We started with the terrine de campagne and the heirloom tomato salad. The terrine is a bit chunkier than a pate (I believe it had some pistachios in it) but similarly flavored, although it is wrapped in bacon and the smoky flavor permeates - it is served with wonderful toasted brioche that I was given more of upon my request. I just loved this dish. When the heirloom tomato salad was placed in front of me, dressed in olive oil and a bit of pepper and fleur de sel, the aroma literally wafted up to me. Wow. So simple, so perfect.

We then had the rabbit and the boar. The rabbit was served two ways: a leg and confit. It came with peas (I believe) and a creamy polenta. The sauce and the polenta alone made this a winner, but the rabbit was extremely tasty. I've never ordered rabbit before - just had a few bites of other people's - and I would order this again. I highly recommend our other entree, the hickory grilled (Russian) wild boar tenderloin, which was amazing. this. Very tender, and had a different flavor than the wild boar I have enjoyed at Josie - accompaniments were spot on. We were ecstatic at this point, and gushed a bit to the waiter about the food.

The owner then sent us two glasses of champagne given it was our anniversary. How incredibly thoughtful. I've had a free dessert before, but this went several steps further. Our waiter recommended the chibouste of lemon - I cannot recall the details except velvety lemon curd, blueberries and a crisp of some sort. I was literally in heaven at this point. We lingered as long as we could - finished the champagne, and had cappuccinos. Our waiter sent out the chef and we continued gushing. John Jackson - or J.J. - was unassuming and friendly. Based on the incredible service and the quality of the food, it is evident how much the chef and the owner, Michael Bourseau (I read he is a chef himself), care about this place.

I have not felt the need to rave like this about a LA restaurant in a long time. I hope this place succeeds, b/c I cannot wait to return.

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