Restaurant Review: Michael Mina – XIV

May 11, 2011

The hubby and I like to celebrate our monthly wedding anniversary – it is a great way to make sure we keep up with date night :)

Mr.Savvy has written the rest of the review :)

XIV is a Michael Mina restaurant on Sunset and Crescent Heights is a very intimate dining experience that is all about sharing.  Naturally, I had to be a bit greedy because some of the menu items I chose were not GF.  I paid the price somewhat as the Duck Prosciutto I ordered, though fabulous was a tad rich for one.
We were seated next to a wood burning fireplace.  The furniture is very comfortable with animal fur for  upholstery and pillows.  The dining room is lit by candles and the walls, divided by columns, are lined with books.  Across the room is a bar and an open kitchen.  The music was sort of non-distinct and ambient which was great for conversation and  atmosphere alike.

The food was terrific.  We had black truffle popcorn, trio of fries with chili, cheddar and rosemary, house cured duck prosciutto, artichoke salad, lobster and bay scallops with a saffron aioli, and a cheese plate for desert.  BSD likes strongcheese.  I would have favored a brie or smoked gouda.  I really liked the blue cheese and fig paring and it ended the dinner on a terrific note.  The prosciutto exploded with a symphony of flavors and I could not get enough of the lobster and bay scallops.

Pictures of some of the food

 

Truffle Popcorn

Cheese Plate

We only gave ourselves two hours and could have easily stayed for a third round of drinks.  Our server tempted me with espresso and it would have been nice to sit and soak it up a little longer.  The service was exemplary.  We budgeted $150 for the night, being a special occasion, and came out better than we expected.  We left happy and full.  I definitely recommend XIV for a fine dining experience, especially to share with friends.

Rating of the Food:

Trio of Fries : 8/10

House Cured Duck Prosciutto – 8.5/10

Freshly Popped Corn with Truffle – 9.5/10

Artichoke Salad – 8/10

Lobster + Scallop Pasta – 9/10

Cheese Plate – 9/10

 

 

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