On a recent trip to Mimi’s Cafe in Fountain Valley, we had the opportunity to try out their newest extraordinary value offering called Mimi’s My Way 1-2-3. Guests can now create their own full course dinner menu by combining their favorite Mimi’s Entree, Soup, Salad or Petite Treat Dessert, all at a special everyday value. You can choose any 1 Entree and make it a 2-course meal for an additional $2, or a 3-course meal (this one includes dessert) for an additional $3.
I decided to try the Flat Iron Steak, which was smothered in garlic mushrooms and sweet onions. My sides were the mashed potatoes and fresh vegetables. Josiah went with the new Golden Seafood Duo which featured Sam Adams beer-battered fish and golden buttermilk shrimp. His sides were the colesalw and French fries. We both decided to have the Cafe Corn Chowder for our soup selection, which was served with a selection of bread and for dessert, we orderd Mimi’s Bread Pudding. The Bread Pudding had plump raisins throught and searved warm with a buttery whiskey sauce. This went really well with a nice hot Cappuccino (which I enjoyed) and Josiah had the Iced Cappuccino which was a dessert in itself.
Enjoying the Cafe Corn Chowder, we both were impressed with the hearty, corn-infused experience. The chowder came out of the kitchen at a wonderfully hot temperature, delivering a perfect rich and creamy texture. The Golden Seafood Duo was notable for its fresh flavor and presentation. The beer-battered fish was decent, while the buttermilk shrimp definitely had its own signature taste – mild yet slightly tangy. The coleslaw also added a wonderful light contrast to the fish and French fries. The steak was cooked the way I wanted (medium well), and turned out very tender, the taste was complimented with sauteed mushrooms and sweet onions. The mashed potatoes were a little dry (even with the gravy) and the fresh vegetables were as expected.
The service at this particular Mimi’s was everything you would expect it to be, but nothing more. We dined before the dinner rush, ensuring the restaurant was fairly empty. Our waiter was courteous, yet not overly engaged. When asked to recommend an entrée, he mildly directed us to a few dishes, without much enthusiasm. The delivery of food to the table was slightly delayed, even with the starters, which seemed a bit odd considering the restaurant was just then beginning to fill with customers. We felt slightly forgotten during our meal, as the waiter only attended to us once or twice, without much meaningful interaction.
Overall the experience was as expected and Mimi’s My Way 1-2-3 was a great value, we would deffinately dine there again.
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About the authors: Robbie Bulus is the Managing Editor for SoCalThrills.com and the newly launched PRIZM (Cinema Reviews Site). Josiah Forgath is a Film Critic for PRIZM and contributes to SoCalThrills for specials events & promotions.