From Swine to Wine

An epicurean retreat offering creative charcuterie, craft cocktails and more to downtown professionals, urban dwellers and visitors alike

Written by Wendy Bowman | Photography Courtesy of Roman Udalov

Twice a week, executive chef of Miro, Gavin Mills, receives a heritage-bred pig he then uses—snout to tail—for the restaurant’s ever-changing charcuterie menu (think roasted bone marrow with Vidalia onion marmalade, parsley and caper pesto).

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And while he’s been dubbed a “charcuterie wizard” for his chops, the Michelin-trained chef’s rotating selection of house-made meats and cheeses isn’t the only don’t–miss feature of this new hot spot in downtown’s Financial District. Also attracting crowds are the Pan-Mediterranean-style lunch and dinner menus, which rotate weekly as dictated by fresh farmers’ market ingredients.

Among the house favorites? Pasta.

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Most notably, Squid Ink Corzetti—a vibrantly colored dish of fresh lobster and pasta stamped with a custom “House of Miro” insignia often found on the table (not to mention the Instagram feed) of almost every patron.

Then there are the drinks. Customers will find a popular repertoire of 150 whiskeys from around the world, served in an Old World-style Whiskey Room; vintage cocktails crafted (like the Sonny Corleone, with scotch, Amaro Nonino, lemon, orange, honey and basil); and 125 globally eclectic wines hand-picked by sommelier Andy Brady. Miro even serves as a great spot for a post-work tipple. At Happy Hour from 4-6:30 p.m., guests can name a liquor/spirit and have bartenders whip up a concoction of their choice for $8.

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The brainchild of owner Hnreck Nazarian (whose eldest son is named Miro), the dining destination’s two levels were envisioned by L.A. designer Yasmeen Khan and highlight refined and inviting environs. Sophisticated minimalism rules the upper level, with a dramatic angled ceiling, skylight, hand-blown glass orb chandeliers, two dining areas (one offering a view of the kitchen), an expansive bar and mid-century modern furnishings. Meanwhile, the downstairs beckons with a relaxing yet comfortable vibe—complete with the intimate Whiskey Room filled with overstuffed leather couches, crystal glassware and polished copper, as well as The Basement Bar. Ideal for a well-crafted cocktail with friends, wouldn’t you say?

MIRO

888 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90017

| 213.988.8880 | MiroRestaurant.com

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