MÍRAME is a brand new restaurant in Beverly Hills that opened a few weeks ago. They serve contemporary Mexican cuisine with a California sensibility. The restaurant was opened by Michelin Star chef Joshua Gil and partner Matthew Egan. They were driven by the rich heritage and bold flavors of Mexico and MÍRAME reflects that through a unique, immersive dining experience.
The menu is highlighted by Chef Gil’s use of the purest, locally sourced ingredients and produce as well as seasonal influences that articulate his original spin on traditional Mexican cuisine such as house made masa from heirloom organic corn varietals. The menu is complemented by an extensive and carefully curated list of Mexican wines alongside an abundance of small batch Mexican spirits.
Their space is truly beautiful and was designed by LA Interior Designer, Matt Winter, and inspired by Mexican design. One of the best parts is that they have an outdoor patio which feels like you’re in an authentic Mexican Garden! MÍRAME‘s outdoor patio is the perfect spot to be able to eat out while still physical distancing.
We had a chance to chat with MÍRAME Founding Partner, Matt Egen (ME) and MÍRAME Partner/Chef Joshua Gil (JG) to find out more about their beautiful new restaurant:
- Tell us some of the history of MÍRAME and what inspired you to open the restaurant?
“I always dreamed of opening a Mexican Restaurant, but the tipping point for me stemmed from the most simple meal in Punta Mita–Grilled fish with a tomatillo salsa–made with beautiful fresh ingredients prepared thoughtfully without pretense. Light, flavorful and bold, I wondered why there was nothing like this experience in LA or even California. Feeling inspired, I reached out to Chef Joshua Gil who I read about in a cookbook. Soon after, we took a road trip through Mexico and MÍRAME was born.” -ME
- Mírame in Spanish means, “look at me,” what inspired you to choose that name?
“After much back and forth we landed on “look at me”. This simple sentiment is what led us on a culinary journey through Mexico and gives our restaurant life. Our mission is to create a truly unique, curated experience inspired by our love for Mexico’s rich heritage, bold flavors, colorful culture, exceptional distillates and artisanal crafts.” -ME & JG
- MÍRAME has only been open for a few weeks, is there a specific item on the menu that has already become a bestseller?
“The menu at MÍRAME changes daily but any dish made using our handmade tortillas is really special! We bring in heirloom red corn from Mexico State to make our own masa for the corn tortillas and our flour tortillas were inspired by a family recipe using heirloom Sonoran flour.” – JG
- What is your personal favorite item on the menu?
“I love the salmon skin Chicharones. It’s served with a fermented garlic aioli which is really special.” – ME
“Right now we have a tostada made with local line-caught Bluefin–that we’re getting directly from the fisherman–served with Uni, and Summer truffles. We’ve been selling out of it nightly.” -JG
- You opened your restaurant in the middle of a pandemic, how has the response been thus far?
“The response from the local community has been incredible. Our goal was to create a dining experience that reflects the layered culinary history of both Mexico and California. Guests can enjoy their meal on our beautiful open-air patio (designed by LA interior designer Matt Winter) which features a fireplace and indigenous plants reminiscent of a Mexican garden.” – ME
- What is a fun fact or additional thing that you would like to mention about MÍRAME?
“We are dedicated to authentically representing distillates from Mexico. Our cocktail program is truly unique, offering an abundance of small-batch spirits, many bottled exclusively for MÍRAME. The robust collection will showcase the subtleties and intricacies of truly artisanal products, notably mezcal. Led by mixologist Zachariah Parks, the bar program will create an educational bridge that allows guests to discover Mexico’s lush distillates through curated tastings, pairings, and distinct cocktails that provide a true ‘farm to bar’ experience. In addition, our wine program features a curated selection of Mexican wines that rival any old world or California wine. We also have an amazing coffee program for both dine-in and togo.” –ME & JG
MÍRAME is open daily from 11 am until late night. Brunch is served from 10 am on weekends.
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