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Mimosa in West Chester

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Suger Sep 4, 2004 11:40 AM

We tried Mimosa, a BYOB off of Route 3 in West Chester, for the first time last night. It is located in the Summit Hills Apt. Complex right past a large church. I think the location makes it hard to attract customers. In any case, we arrived around 7:30 and there were two other tables filled. A few more diners came later but for a Friday night it was pretty empty. Perhaps the Labor Day weekend was a factor... Decor is fine, low-lighting with candles.
The menu has a few tapas selections which we didn't try. We started with a spring mix salad with mandarin oranges, almonds and local goat cheese in a champagne vinagerette. Very tasty. I had the tenderloin with mushrooms over mashed potatoes for my entree. I really enjoyed the flavor and quality of the beef. My husband had the "white" tuna (aka butter fish) which topped with crabmeat in a pineapple glaze of sorts over, I think, a ginger risotto. He really enjoyed it yet didn't care for the cold crabmeat on top.
For dessert we had the peanut butter and chocolate mousse cake. Extremely rich but very good. A bit more whipped cream and fruit would have been nice to balance the richness. The chef came out as we finished our meal and chatted with patrons.
The menu changes slightly each month so there are no specials. The bill came to about $68 before tip. All in all, we enjoyed the meal and will return again.

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    fstrath Jan 21, 2007 11:26 PM

    Four of us had dinner here last night. The house was full but the noise level was fine. The staff were friendly and helpful, although they seemed a little overworked. Food was fantasic. Favorites included the head-on shrimp appetizer, mussels in saffron cream sauce (fantastic!!!), crispy calamari, the crab-cake special, and the seafood paella special. Everything was done perfectly. The only negative was the spring mix salad - two people thought it was a little boring. The carrot cake was one of the best I've ever had. I would highly recommend a trip here.

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      erin Sep 9, 2004 11:56 AM

      Did Mimosa open in the space that once was Restaurante La Encina (superb, earthy spanish and tapas, sorely missed)? Location sounds too familiar. Thanks.

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        Suger Sep 9, 2004 09:52 PM

        Yes, same space. Very similar decor.

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        Lisa Sep 8, 2004 03:37 PM

        IMHO - I think the menu and the meals need help. We ate there 3 weeks ago and while I agree that the place is pleasant and well decorated, the food was a disaster. Now, maybe it was what we ordered, but I thought the chef was trying too hard. There were so many things going on in my meal, that it was overwhelming.

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          Suger Sep 8, 2004 09:39 PM

          Could you be more specific? What did you order? What were some of the so many things going on in your meal to make it overwhelming?

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