Guest Columnist – Mariana Muela
Miro restaurant is off of Wilshire and Figueroa Street in Downtown LA, DTLA. Last Thursday, June 1st, they celebrated their one-year anniversary. Miro offers a variety of food that will satisfy every palate: Italian, tapas and other Mediterranean specialties.
I’ve never driven by this restaurant but apparently a lot of people already knew about it including my Uber driver. From the outside you can get a little glimpse of what the decoration will look like. Once you enter the big large wooden door with the golden M it’s like stepping into a different dimension. The interior is very sleek and minimal. There is a beautiful marble counter top at the bar, as well as incredibly sleek modern light bulbs and chandeliers hanging from the ceiling. Then there are gorgeous floor-to-ceiling windows that flooded the interior with natural light. Miro restaurant offers a unique dining experience that will surpass all your expectations.
They have an underground lounge that offers a completely different vibe than the one I described above. As you head downstairs through the stonewall stairway, is like you’re going down the rabbit hole that leads you to a bar lounge with a complete different music and atmosphere. This room is more intimate and dimly lit. In addition to this, there’s also an adjacent room called “The Whiskey Room” that offers you an array of different vintage whiskies from around the world. The Whiskey Room is decorated with cozy leather couches and banquette seats, alongside a brick wall that makes perfect for an intimate and exceptional drinking experience after a nice meal upstairs. Perfect way to end the night with your party. However, as this area was more of an informal setting, 2 DJS were spinning electronic dance music as opposed to the live jazz sophisticated music played upstairs.
A little bit after my arrival, I was introduced to Manager Kevin G. Willis, he showed me around, and was telling me interesting facts about the place itself. Funny thing is, that the restaurant is named after the owner’s son.
They offered different types of food including their handmade charcuterie bar. It was good but not exceptional, maybe because I grew up in Spain and I know how to properly judge cured meat. The real star of the night was the hand-made pasta and the cake. The Bolognese pasta with pork meat was exquisite. The noodles were perfectly cooked and the meat was fresh, perfectly blended with the Gremolata and the Parmesan cheese. As a pasta lover, I’ve tried lots of different pastas throughout my stay in LA since I moved here, but this one takes the cake for me. I’ll be back very soon simply for this dish. Chef Gabriel was simply stunning, kneading the dough with his hands carefully forming the Tortellinis.
The cake was delicious as well, the fluffiness of the texture and the simplicity of the ingredients that accompanied the cake (whip cream and fruits), made this cake tasty and light at the same time.
In conclusion, if you’re looking for an intimate experience with your date or simply have a delightful time with friends, Miro is the place to go. The atmosphere itself with all the elements I’ve described here, are destined to immerse you in this memorable modern dining experience.
888 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA. 90017