For those who love incredibly prepared gourmet food, a little bit of French influence, and lots of dramatic décor, Michael Mina’s XIV Restaurant holds not only these characteristics in store but also an incredibly unforgettable dining experience. Located at 8117 Sunset Boulevard at the intersection of Crescent Heights Boulevard on the infamous Sunset Strip, Michael Mina’s XIV Restaurant is a contemporary environment only upstaged by the brilliance of Chef extraordinaire Michael Mina (www.dailycandy.com).
Part of the group of SBE restaurants, Michael Mina’s XIV Restaurant is designed after a French Chateau and is accented by chandeliers, mantels, steel bars, and decorated with period goblets and candelabras. Definitely a popular choice among the Los Angeles elite and famous, Michael Mina’s XIV Restaurant is not only beautifully decorated but also offering a tempting menu certain to please even the most discriminate palate (www.sbe.com).
So what is the vibe at the celebrity chef’s XIV Restaurant? Where there is not a dress code the majority of the patrons at Michael Mina’s XIV Restaurant are generally dressed business casual to dressy. Imagine a beautiful balmy Los Angeles night dining on the best Tapas and American fare available accentuated by signature cocktails from Michael Mina’s XIV Restaurant. The hot spot at the restaurant is the patio and sidewalk dining which generally goes pretty quickly particularly during the warmer months (www.sbe.com).
Overall Michael Mina’s XIV Restaurant is a must visit dining establishment. The place is pretty popular and the food is excellent so reservations are highly recommended. Price wise the food is fairly expensive though not outrageous and it is definitely worth it. This is a great place to enjoy dinner and definitely a hot spot for late night dining and bar drinks as there is a full bar. The most popular signature drinks at XIV are Chupacabra or Pimm’s Rangoon (www.laweekly.com).
For those individuals visiting Michael Mina’s XIV Restaurant as a group definitely try the tasting menu which runs about $95.00 per person. There are also a lot of ala carte items that are very popular such as; sweet potato-yuzu mocha, lemongrass custard with cola, and pumpkin dumplings. The menu at Michael Mina’s XIV Restaurant is actually divided up into seven sections with each section offering five dishes each offering a sort of family style dining at one’s table. A couple of highly recommended dishes include the Kushi Oysters, White Shrimp Panna Cotta, and the Ahi Tuna Tartare. The desserts are also highly recommended with top choices being Passion Fruit Curd and Bitter Chocolate Cream (www.nbclosangeles.com)
The hours of operation at Michael Mina’s XIV Restaurant are from 6:00PM to 11:00P Sunday through Wednesday, from 6:00PM to 2:00AM on Thursday, and from 6:00PM to 2:00AM Friday and Saturday. Valet parking is available for patrons to Michael Mina’s XIV Restaurant. For more information on Michael Mina’s XIV Restaurant visit the official web site or call 323-656-1414 (www.sbe.com).