If you’ve ever driven down Waialae Avenue, you know about Cafe Miro. Its the quaint little restaurant between 8th and 9th Ave. It is one of my favorite joints to dine at.
The purpose of this dinner was to celebrate my graduation. Hooray! What better celebration than one that involves gastronomical indulgence. Miro features a very well balanced prix fixe menu.
The chef also prepares a free appetizer if you call it that. It’s usually a small bowl of soup in my experience.
I went with the 3 course setup and started with the Prosciutto and Mozzarella salad with honey drizzle.
The salty prosciutto , sweet honey, and crunchy walnuts made an explosion for my taste buds. I like when a restaurant doesn’t overdo a dish. The ingredients taste great without masking their flavors with a heavy dressing or too many additions.
We also ordered the beef tataki with Maui onion and garlic soy sauce to share.
Thinly sliced beef with sweet Maui onion and salty garlic soy sauce made a great pairing. A very simple dish with a big pack of flavor.
I then went with the roasted duck breast with a balsamic vinegar reduction. I love duck. No let me say that again…I LOVE duck. So when I see it as an option on the menu, I giggle with joy. Even though Chef Kobayashi has many other delectable treats, I needed to go with my gut. And my gut was screaming for the duck.
Bare with me here and prepare a towel under your face. A tender medium breast of duck seared to perfection…covered with a sweet and tangy balsamic reduction…with a buttery cube of potato gratin. Ok, did you catch all the drool? I hope so. This was my second time having the duck here at Miro, but it tasted as if it was my first.
My girlfriend had the whole island Moi pan seared with an almond butter sauce.
Well what could ever please my palate in a way that won’t insult the duck? How about a selection of desserts? How about a cheesy message on the plate made of chocolate?
Overall it was a great dinner. If I was a critic I’d give it a 4.8 out of 5. Aw heck, nothings ever a 5 to those guys right? So the next time you wander down to Kaimuki, stop in and enjoy the next hour or two of your life.
*next up…garlic bread knots…*
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