Rodeo, New Mexico
July 10, 2005
Open for lunches Monday through Friday and dinners nightly, Mimosa offers fine dining, a full bar, and a banquet room. We arrived as the sun was setting, were seated at a neat white-tablecloth table, and quickly were brought a generous basket of French bread, two kinds, one white, the other whole-grain with pine nuts – delicious! The bread just begged for wine accompaniment, so I ordered a half bottle Cottonwood 98-99 merlot ($16.50) from an extensive list of domestic and French wines. My mother and I perused the menu in this pleasant state of nibbling and sipping. I chose baked salmon nicoise ($13.50), and my mother the grilled petit poulet with lemon rosemary pinot blanc sauce ($18.50).
Both entréees were superb. The salmon was crusted with Dijon mustard and herbed bread crumbs, served over a medley of black olives and summer vegetables. The green beans were unusually thin, and we learned from our server that they’re locally garden-grown haricot vert (green beans) of a special variety preferred by the chef. Along with the green beans were also carrot and zucchini slivers. My rice pilaf was fluffy and tasty, dressed up with almonds and cranberries. My mother was equally satisfied with her chicken, with veggies like mine and basil mashed potatoes.
After viewing the desserts, we just couldn’t resist ordering one and splitting it. Though it was a difficult choice among very tempting creations, we selected the mocha torte with chocolate genoche outside and buttercream inside in a cappuccino sauce – simply out of this world!
Mimosa offers nightly specials and such classics as soupe a l’oignon gratinee, escargot, and sautéed frog legs served in a citrus-and-lavender cream sauce on arugula. Though red meats are becoming somewhat scarce in health-conscious Santa Barbara, Mimosa’s menu still includes filet mignon and pork. For a delicious mid-day meal, Mimosa offers summer lunches consisting of entrée and soup or salad for only $9.50. Reduced price dinners on Monday through Wednesday also include soup or salad for $14.95. (We were there on a Thursday.)
The old-style European ambience, good service, and carefully and lovingly prepared dishes, served so you can see them well, won my mother’s heart the first time we ate here. Mine too. But for an elderly and rather picky Dutch lady, that’s saying a lot.
From journal Sublime Santa Barbara