Mira Restaurant Review
Mira is Toronto’s best hidden gem. This quant Peruvian restaurant is located discreetly in a quiet alleyway between two of Toronto’s busiest streets — Wellington and King St. If you’re anything like me, you’ve walked past it numerous times and without ever knowing it exists.
Mira Restaurant Review
I was excited to check this place out and try their colourful, and vegetarian-friendly menu. I would like to note that our reservation was for 6 p.m. on a Tuesday, so the restaurant wasn’t busy at the time of our arrival, but started filling up half way through our dinner.
As soon as you walk in, you feel a modern-relaxed vibe. The decor was beautiful, the music was eclectic, and despite being on the dim side, the lighting set the mood perfectly for a unique little bohemian-metropolitan date. Despite the warm greeting from the restaurant-staff, we were cold during the first half of our dinner as the heater wasn’t working on this cool October night. Thankfully we were offered blankets to keep us warm, and as the night progressed, the restaurant became filled with new warm bodies that elevated the room’s temperature.
The service at Mira was outstanding. Both our server Nana, and rest of the staff, were very personable and on top of their game.We were instantly greeted with water and a complimentary small plate of baked corn that tasted like popcorn. The staff interactions were very positive and definitely enhanced our experience.
I was a bit hesitant about the menu selection as I wasn’t sure if they’d have any vegetarian options. Luckily, this wasn’t an issue, and I was pleased with the selection available. This is what I ate at Mira:
Mango Ceviche ($14)
For starters, I tried Mira’s Mango Ceviche (the only vegetarian ceviche option). It was made of goose berry tigers milk, radish, pomegranate and crispy mango. For those not in the know, I love all things mango. As soon as I saw this on the menu, I knew I had to give it a try. Although the ceviche had a very interesting combination of flavours, I wasn’t in love with it. If it weren’t for the sweet mangoes, I don’t think I would’ve enjoyed it at all. Rating: 2.5/5
Yucca Fries ($9)
This was by far my favourite dish. The yucca fries were baked to perfection and accompanied by two sauces: lime huancaina and jalapeño huacatay. Neither of the two sauces were spicy, and they both paired perfectly with the yucca. I highly recommend ordering this side dish. It’s the best yucca I’ve tried in Toronto.
Solterito de Quinoa ($14)
This quinoa salad was very flavourful. Its ingredients included: puffed grains (hidden under all the brussels sprouts), pomegranate and queso-verde. It was absolutely delicious and delightfully fresh. Rating: 4.5/5
Cusco Cocktail ($16)
The cusco cocktail is a classic Peruvian cocktail. It combined multiple random ingredients that formed into a very enjoyable and easy drinking cocktail. It was the perfect balance between not being too sweet, nor too bitter. As a plus, it was quite boozy. Rating: 4.5/5
El Huevo Malo ($18)
This ‘el huevo malo’ dessert (or ‘the bad egg’ in English) was a decadent surprise. This colourful chocolate bomb was cracked open at the table, which revealed rich chunks of flourless chocolate cake, aromatic coffee ice cream, crispy honeycomb, yuzu marmalade and raspberry. It’s definitely great for sharing and totally worth it as it was absolutely delicious! Rating: 4.8/5 Overall, the Mira restaurant experience was delightful, and by the end of the night I was pleasantly full. If you do visit this lovely restaurant, make sure to get a photo of their signature glowing alpaca ;).Until next time!