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After Dark

with Alestar Digby

It was a Sunday night and I thought I would have a night cap and late night supper at Mirabelle Restaurant on the Sunset Strip. The atmosphere was perfect, with dimly lit candles and music at a relaxing sound level. I've been here during the day and the restaurant is equally as charming for a power lunch. Any number of Hollywood players can be seen. I've had the pleasure of bumping into Quinten Tarintino twice.

After Dark

On Sunday, they have "happy hour" until midnight - not bad. I chose to sit on the patio, which was open to the night air. The bread and olive tapenade were the best I've had. The cocktail arrived, generously poured, but not overdone. My palate was ready for action. The waiter, Brian, was very knowledgeable about the menu. I decided to order the shrimp tempura lollipops which sounded like a playful dish and the Chilean sea bass with coconut rice and mango salsa.

The shrimp was perfectly battered with toasted almonds and a honey wasabi sauce, which was a pleasant accompaniment. The owner, George Germanides, came to the table to make sure everything was up to par. I noticed he takes the time to greet all the regulars who are always glad to see him. The cocktail and soft music continued to entice and intoxicate. Then the main course arrived. Chef Francisco Garcia does a beautiful presentation. The sea bass was crispy on top and flaky in the middle. The coconut rice patty was perfectly prepared - sweet but not offensive. The steamed bok choy melted in the mouth with a tomato based lobster sauce. For dessert, I went with the waiter's recommendation of the apple pie. Wow! It was beautifully presented and tasty to boot... and, Grandma would have been proud.

Seriously, what can I say, with reasonable prices, great service and a perfect atmosphere, I give family owned Mirabelle's an A. Well done to a great West Hollywood institution that has been open for more than three decades. It is definitely here to stay.

8768 Sunset Blvd.
W. Hollywood 90069
(310) 659-6022

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