Having read Ann's review of Mirpas (and having driven past this place too many times) I decided to give it a try. I was glad I did. It's located across the street from the Renaissance, near the turn for Fort Zoutman. Easy to find. It's a former house with seating outside under cover, up a winding staircase, or on the ground floor. We sat upstairs with a nice view of the marina.
The food is tapas style mostly, which I like. We started with duck wrapped prunes and blackened shrimp on skewers. Tasty, different. Then went to cured meats and cheese. Great variety. Lots of flavor. Stuck a bowl of chicken soup in the middle. Homemade for sure, a bit of cilantro, which is not my favorite but it was a light touch and you could still taste the veggies in the broth, a sign of talent. Then came the mini version of Tournedos Rossini. Bite size chunks of beef topped with foie gras. (I gave Mrs. 44 the foie gras, not my thing). This was a highlight to be sure and it is also offered as an entree size. Have to try that one day.
Please note: the tapas size portions are small but hearty. This is not a place to fill-up, but to savor and linger. See photos on the blog for correct representation of the plates.
Lots of wines by the glass from many different spots around the world. Prices from about $5 to $14, so you can stay on budget with the booze or splurge on something special. Service good. Owner attentive and taught me the proper pronunciation of a few French words I'd always wondered about. I'm head back soon to swill wine and munch on a few other things. Looking forward to it, and a chat with this fellow who seems like an interesting guy.
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