Mírate is the new sister restaurant to Mírame, which chef Joshua Gil and partner Matthew Egan opened in 2020. Gil’s multi-regional Mexican cuisine utilizes local produce in a bevy of tacos, ceviches and dips—from classic tomatillo salsa to more decadent crab esquites—presented in this open, two-story indoor-outdoor space sprouting with foliage.
Max Reis is the beverage director, previously of République and Gracias Madre. He curates a list that is exclusively Mexican—beer, spirits and wine. Reis believes Mexican wine often gets a bad rap, so his selections highlight styles that counter pre-conceived notions. Instead of overly-oaked cabernets pandering to Napa wine lovers, he features a carbonic cabernet sauvignon from Fincas Vinicultores in the Valle de Guadalupe, a lighter style that complements rather than overpowers the cuisine. His cocktails also pair with the food—the Mi Vieja Martini is made with campechana water for a tomatoey bump, like pico de gallo in a glass. Reis has broken down mezcals and tequilas by region; an accompanying map guides the way. Not into agave? Mírate also has a rare Mexican gin list.
Mírate is part of our Top 30 LA List of 2023. Read the whole story here.
This story appears in the print issue of Spring 2023.
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