Anyone been to LE MIU?
Heard it is almost as good as Jewel Bako, only without the high prices.
I went last weekend for the first time.
I was very impressed. If we're doing comparisons, I think it's more of a cheaper, far more comfortabe Nobu rather than a JB. They have a pretty extensive sushi list (great, very fresh) but most of the menu is made up of cooked dishes and japanese-style tapas. of course there's a black code, though this one is cooked in pastry with some nice mushrooms.
Downside? friendly but veerrrrrrrry slow service. Like 45-minute wait for a cocktail (at least it was free when it finally came). Wine was faster.
I went earlier this year and loved it. Here is my old post:
Le Miu Japanese Restaurant Review
Last night my husband tried the new restaurant, Le Miu. It is located at 107 Avenue A (7th Sreet). It's been open for over two months and I've been wanting to try it for awhile. The chefs are from Nobu and Megu, some have owned their own restaurants in and around the city. Boy was the food good! It is like Nobu at half the price!!! The plating was gorgeous and the food was outstanding. Boy were we surprised. They have two tasting menus at $45 and $65. We will try that next time. This time we just ordered the following:
BBQ Jalapeno Yellowtail
Fois Gras Sushi - homemade fois gras
Fried Jumbo Shrimp
Mizuna Salad - with bacon and fried tofu
Miso Marinated Black Cod in Phyllo Dough
Sauteed Seafood Noodles which came in a crispy basket
Tuna Carpaccio Salad - Oh my god, this was so good!
For dessert, we had the Fondant Chocolate with ice cream and the Mont Blanc also with ice cream. They were both excellent. They make all sorbets and ice cream on the premises.
Our bill for 7 appetizers and entrees and two desserts, no drinks, was $122.75.
This small place will be hard to get into once word gets out on the street. Enjoy!
posted by SFSlinky on Feb 25, 2006 7:41 AM
mas and slinky: Thanks a million! You've inspired me to check out Le Miu. It sounds like I should make a reservation, right?
Foie gras sushi? Fantastic! I hope that's on one of the tasting menus. Cheers!
walked by it a few nights ago-considered eating there but one of the chefs(?) was sitting directly under the menu outside chainsmoking so neither my wife or I was able to scan the menu w/o coughing up a lung-that put us off it enough to move on-ended up eating at Clinton St Baking Company instead. Had the blueberry pancakes for dinner-wife had the fish tacos-very good food at low prices although the waitress charged me for 2 ice teas instead of a refill which is a pet peeve of mine but that is another story.
Back to Le Miu-after reading some of the comments above I will give it a shot next time I'm down there... I have to admit, I had never heard of it before when I walked by it the other night & had the guy not been smoking like a chimney right in front we probably would have checked it out...
i have not tried it yet...i was initially curious because it's vaguely in my neighborhood and because i'd heard good things here...i've walked by it several times, but i was turned off by:
-- the fact that no one with the exception of the sushi chefs seems to be Japanese...
-- there is a lot of fusiony stuff on the menu (if it's your thing, fine; but it's not mine)
-- something about the vibe that seemed wanna-be-trendy...
i still may try it, and i'm interested to hear why fans of the place might say i should try it anyway...
p.s. i have zero interest in fois gras sushi...
one more thing to add. while i thought the food was tasty and probably worth bearing the clueless service, i don't know if it's worth going to from anywhere farther than a stroll. it's a very welcome addition to the neighborhood and i'll definitely return. but i don't know if i'd go across town for it.
it's certainly not a replacement for a traditional japanese sushi meal (in the neighborhood, i prefer ebisu). it IS a good group satisfier - when somebody wants lamb chops, somebody cod and somebody else sushi ... and everybody feels like going out.
I just wanted to report back after going to Le Miu for our 4th anniversary. We had the $55 tasting menu, and it rocked! As another poster said, beautiful presentations. High-quality fish.
My favorites were the tuna tartare (melt-in-your-mouth good) and some sashimi topped with bonito shavings that tasted like they were smoked (like bacon)...Wow!
We appreciated the complimentary plum wine for our anniversary too!
The sushi chefs were friendly and modest. The owner was working that night.
Only thing was, they were quite empty for a Thursday night. So we left a GREAT TIP for our waitress. The service was bumpy at first, but it did not bother us because we could tell everyone was trying!