2 Waterview Rd.
East Goshen, PA (West Chester)
Rating: 4 out of 5 silver spoons
Overview: Excellent continental BYOB that consistently pushes the envelope with creative, innovative cuisine. Although Mimosa does not have a prime location, this place is worth finding.
Food: Eclectic cuisine that borrows from various regional influences. The menu changes monthly and is very adventurous. For finicky eaters, this could pose a problem — most dishes had many interesting and ambitious ingredient pairings — a great situation for those who like to try new things, but not exactly the best for those who prefer a simpler dish. To start off, chef Gilles Moret features a small selection of tapas, a slightly perplexing choice seeing as there are not enough to make a true tapas meal. They do, however, make a nice single serving appetizer. Excellent examples include “Beef Tenderloin Skewers with Saffron Aoli” and “Duck & Beef Nachos with Hoisin Sesame Sauce”. For entrees, the Chinese spiced tuna was excellently prepared, served rare over cucumber-mango salad and sticky rice, all in a ginger tamari sauce. Another popular dish at our table was the pork tenderloin, served with hickory smoked bacon in a horseradish cream sauce. On a later visit, I absolutely loved the “Roasted Normandy Chicken with Cider, Apples, Brandy Mushroom Cream Sauce”, and I hardly ever order typically banal chicken at a restaurant. The “King Salmon Filet, Almond Encrusted with Ginger Beurre Blanc” was also highly regarded at our table.
Ambiance: Nice open dining room with plenty of natural light. The only complaint is that the chairs are a bit uncomfortable.
Service: Excellent, although we did attend on non-weekend nights when the place was not very crowded. One waitress was a bit strange and overbearing, but she seemed to mean well, so it was not too bothersome.
Value: An ambitious menu with entrees in the low 20’s, combined with the ability to BYOB makes Mimosa a superb value. The tapas also run around $5-6, a nice price for a one person teaser.
# of times we’ve eaten there: 3
NOTE: To find Mimosa, look for the entrance to the Waterview Apartment Complex. Go through the main entrance and make a quick left into the Mimosa parking lot.