Elizabeth Daniels 5/12
Owners George and Lenore Gemanides agreed it was time for an update at the forty-one-year-old Mirabelle, located a few spots down from Eveleigh on Sunset Blvd near San Vicente. And the new Mirabelle, reopening Thursday after a month-long updo, is certainly taking some chances. Designer about town Thomas Schoos (Lexington Social House, Koi), not exactly known for his modest aesthetics, curated the tchotchkes-filled space which, we're told, involves "antique teddy bears encased in golden homes intended for gods" (????), grape vine chandeliers, antlers... you know how places like the former XIV and The Bazaar felt/feel so chaotic? Mirabelle 2.0 has that sense of organized disarray.
Not that this follows logic, but former Palihouse chef Michael Bryant is serving a seafood-centric small plate menu which includes seafood charcuterie like tuna ham and Scottish salmon pastrami. There's also grilled alligator and crawfish hotlinks and Maryland blue crab hushpuppies. A section of the menu titled “non entrée-entrees” lists house made ravioli stuffed with basil enhanced local halibut in a scallion white sauce; and grilled branzino, fava beans, English peas, chorizo, artichokes braised in white wine. And just for the record, these are NOT entree sized dishes.
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