Friday, September 7, 2007

Miru 8691...local, different and by far not for the purist


9162 W. Olympic Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
(310)777-8378
Daily Lunch: 11:30AM-3PM
Dinner 6PM-11PM

Miru 8691 was a place found after frustration. Walking up me and Celeste were both hungry, tired and still didn't know what we wanted. We looked at the menu outside the restaurant and thought that sushi was not on our appetite BUT they had other stuff. So we walked in not really knowing what we were getting ourselves into.

We had arrived pretty close to when they opened for dinner. Their vibe is more about comfort and it's casual with a long bench against the wall and what would appear to be IKEA tables.

No we don't know whether they ALWAYS give free appetizers at dinner time, but we got our own individual taster plates with mini cucumber roll, spicy tofu and edamame. All very fresh tasting and a good way to start the meal.

We then shared their Vegetable spring roll, which came lightly fried, mainly filled with mushroom and avocado, over rice straws and a tangy citrus shoyu. This was very good, but I'm not sure if it's seasonal or not. And also we shared...

....the scallop sushi with garlic aioli. It was really fresh and the garlic was not too strong but a welcome change. I don't know but something was pretty surprising about this. There was a just a tad of citric flavor that really added some character to this.

Though I wasn't feeling very sushi, something got me to order their Chanel roll (all their house rolls are named after fancy designers). Quite a quirky roll consisting of white tuna on a crunchy shrimp roll with tabasco, jalapeno and pineapples. I have to admit, I was super shocked at how much I liked this. The roll itself would have been decent but the tuna and spiciness from the tabasco and jalapeno made this thing pretty amazing.

Celeste ordered the Orange Chicken Burger with Fries fried to that perfect golden color. I think this is the reason she wanted to go here in the first place, which in the end was quite the comedy. But, before we laugh, let me tell you why you have to order this at one point to check it off your "life experiences" list. How many people do you know that, as kids or teenagers, weren't convinced to eat Chinese food by the first time by tasting a friends orange chicken. Past that though, most of our Orange Chicken experiences ended, cause at most places, it tastes pretty similar. Well allow this fresh take on the dish to rebirth your craving. This was not just a ground chicken burger dressed up, this was a full on moist, juicy cutlet, in the traditional batter and sauce brought to the point where it was crunchy enough in texture, but didn't fall apart all over you. What DID fall apart was everything else which included greens, tomato, spicy mayo and tempura onion rings (visible on top of the burger) which housed a small pile of mandarin orange sections. As for the comedy...well...that's the picture I'm NOT posting, but I'll just say Celeste got a little messy eating this.

video

After all that messiness, they were kind enough to bring out the coolest towelette ever. Click the video to see how it's moistened. For us, it was better than bubble wrap.

So hop on down for dinner or lunch (check the hours though... they're closed from 3pm-6pm). They had great looking lunch specials, and on the special side for dinner, they have a prix fixe menu that looks delightful for just $30.

Free Drink Refills: Yes
Entree Price Ranges: Lunch specials are $8 to $16 and dinner prices go from $7 to $19 with most being on the lower end of the scale.

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3 Comments:

Blogger Catherine said...

hahaha! damn that orange chicken sandwich looks good...and everything else you posted. i like that you took a video of the wet nap. if you're into that cutesy stuff, and I KNOW that you are (don't lie!), sohoju in little tokyo uses the same product.

;)

September 7, 2007 at 6:24 PM  
Blogger Aubrey said...

Haha you got me on that one! I actually do think it's pretty cool haha.

September 10, 2007 at 10:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi-this is miru from miru8691

thank you so much for a great review on my tiny place.
next time you drop by say hello
to me(the guy in the kitchen)
or ask your server so that i can get a chance to see you in person.
your next dessert is on me!
Just to let you know...
i am givin out free sake or cocktail for every one who DRESS IN WHITE !! top and bottom on every FRIDAY after 6pm.
check our site www.miru8691.com
Once again thank you so much and
Gam Sah Ham Ni Da ~!

April 27, 2009 at 10:59 PM  

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