Miranda Restaurant: Brunch Upgraded
Miranda Restaurant is owned and managed by husband and wife culinary team Mauricio and Sasha Miranda. Mauricio is the host and Sasha is the resident Chef. The establishment has been dishing out delectable food since 2007. The two opened Miranda Restaurant with the hope of showcasing their culinary knowledge. The duo wanted to serve flavorful meals in a setting where patrons can feel like guests at the Miranda home. Located in Williamsburg's North side, it is a neighborhood gem. Its exterior features beckoning aesthetics and an impressive display of prestigious awards and acknowledgments. But what distinguishes Miranda Restaurant from its local counterparts is the noticeable passion. I recently had an opportunity to visit the restaurant and meet Mauricio and Sasha. I was thrilled to get there at noon, just in time for brunch (I love brunch!). Upon stepping into the quaint eatery, I was instantly charmed by its warm and inviting setting- the restaurant's Italian and Latin influences are resplendent. Host Mauricio was quick to make me feel welcomed. I appreciated that the brunch menu had a good amount of entrée selections and beverage choices. I decided to start with a cup of coffee (a good one at that). I also tried the Canasta De Pan or selection of house baked breakfast breads (which I would be okay with consuming for an entire week, it was really good!).
Eventually, I settled for the Pernil and Eggs (slow roasted garlic-orange rubbed pork with a side of poblano peppered potatoes and mole verde). The potatoes and eggs were quite pleasant. Thankfully, the meat wasn't dry. I was able to enjoy the flavor of the pork- it was cooked well, without any fuss. I liked the variety of textures in it. I thought it was really smart that Chef Sasha included mole verde in the dish as well. The entrée had fantastic layers of savory flavors that I relished. I felt the love and effort put into making the dish. It was a good feeling to experience on a cold Saturday.
In addition to my entrée, I opted to try their brunch cocktails as well. It was only fitting that I try La Miranda, a concoction of guava, moscato and prosecco. I was happy with my decision- it was crisp, refreshing and deliciously made. The Maracuya- Organic Honey, an in-house made soda, was alcohol free awesomeness. The Bloody Mezz (Oaxacan Mezcal replaces vodka) was one of the better bloody marys I've had in a while; It had a great kick to it. I really loved Kika (jamaica, porto and prosecco); It was a girlie cocktail with edge. However, the highlight of the cocktail tasting was my celery soda. Mauricio made it on the spot for me to try. I was the first one to ever drink it! It was crisp and light. It was quite similar to a cucumber based cocktail. I genuinely enjoyed it.
I ended brunch with a couple of dessert items: Pastel de Tres Leches and Cranberry Upside Down Cake with Pistachio Gelato. I am a big fan of tres leches cake so I just had to try. I must say, it's the second best I've ever had (first one being the one I make). It was decadent and moist.. I can't think of anything wrong with it. I thoroughly enjoyed my brunch at Miranda Restaurant. I also applaud Miranda Restaurant for working with local small businesses as much as they can. The restaurant also recently launched a fantastic weekday lunch special- a three-course prix fixe with a glass of house wine for $18. It's definitely worth a try if you're in the area.