I’ve never hidden the fact that I’m not the biggest fan of breakfast or brunch.
Revisit a few breakfast reviews and you’ll hear me discuss the difficulty of getting out of bed even for food. However, the more I write about restaurants the more I catch myself letting go of the indifference I have towards breakfast and brunch. Recently, I opened up a bit more to brunch just in time to preview the “Bubbles and Brunch” menu at Miro Restaurant in Downtown Los Angeles.
The new menu created by Chef Gavin Mills is offered weekends from 11:00am to 3:00pm in the beautifully designed restaurant. Including bottomless mimosas ($14) alongside savory and sweet eats, I started to get excited to check it out. I wasn’t alone in this excitement as I had the company of Girls on Food’s Editor in Chief and Creator, Julianne, along with me.
The brunch began with a few items to keep us patient until our main dishes were ready. The first was one that was made of everything I love: bread, bread, and more bread. The Buttermilk Biscuits ($8) were paired with a honey butter and jam and were close to absolute perfection. As a cheerleader for biscuits, these were a kind I could scream about. With a golden crust that held in the softest bread that released a gentle steam, the biscuits were delicious.
As the crumbs of the biscuits settled onto the empty plate, I drew my attention to the Salmon Board ($19) that appeared out of nowhere. Magic or not, the board of sliced salmon, goat cheese, heirloom tomatoes, shaved red onions, and capers brought forth the question of whether it was real or a myth. The taste of the toast smeared with the goat cheese and covered with the thin cut of salmon and topped with a few cuts of onion was remarkable. Biting into the shy serving that I made for myself I thoroughly enjoyed the few moments with it. The rigid toast that was complimented by the extra smooth and milky cheese was an unexpected perfect pairing. The fresh salmon with a light drizzle of oil sprinkled with capers was a delectable addition on top of the already perfect pairing in my hand. I wanted more, but I didn’t want to be greedy. With that I went to the next plate.
The Ricotta Pancakes ($15) were simple in their presentation, but incredible in their taste. Served with berries, house churned butter on the side, and drizzled with honey made each slice of the pancake something that I absolutely wanted. Probably what you would want if you were at the table with us, but seeing as you weren’t there, allow me to paint you a picture. The pancakes looked like any other you’ve had before. They were medium in size, lightly browned, and just thick enough so your fork doesn’t hit the plate the minute you pierce them. While the appearance wasn’t surprising, the taste was. They were fluffy like a cloud, sweet from the honey, and difficult to resist. Just like with the salmon board, I wanted more. However, unlike the salmon board the few tastes of the dish made me crave more and more and I didn’t care about looking greedy. Thankfully, Julianne didn’t seem to mind.
With more than my share of the pancakes devoured I made my way to the next plate. I had every intention of trying the Shakshuka ($13), but for some reason I didn’t get to it. Any normal human being would have been compelled to grab a spoonful of the spicy tomato stew, but I don’t know why I didn’t. Seeing Julianne dive into the dish to get some of farm egg and feta should have made me do the same, but that wasn’t the case. The grilled bread, the mint, and the composition of the entire dish both looked and smelled amazing. The reaction on Julianne’s face only confirmed that, yet still I didn’t try it for myself. A few seconds later and two words would be the reason why: Chicken & Waffles ($18).
Pricey for the style of food but not for the quality, the plate was delicious from the first bite to the very last. The thick waffle came with large slice of fried chicken that almost competed in size. Paired with sage butter and maple glaze, it was obvious why this took away my attention from the shakshuka. The mere scent of the crispy and juicy chicken smelled like it was made in a kitchen in Louisiana. While the taste of it all was felt welcoming, relaxing, and any other synonym for the word “comfort”. It was exactly what you would like to enjoy on a Sunday brunch.
Finishing the plates at Miro I can say that I don’t hold my original opinion on brunch. Sure it’s hard to get up early on the weekend, struggle with traffic, and maneuver through the crowded streets to get to a restaurant but this meal felt worth it all. I won’t say that I’m off the fence and completely in love with it, but I will admit that thanks to Miro (and a few other places of course) I think I might kind of sort of have a thing for brunch.
Address: 888 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90017
Phone: (213) 988-8880
Hours: Monday through Thursday – 11:30am to 10:00pm, Friday – 11:30am to 11:00pm, Saturday – 11:00am to 11:00pm, and Sunday 11:00am to 7:00pm
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- Food tastes great
- Friendly staff
- Beautiful restaurant
- Structure or street parking only