Mimi’s Café, a staple chain restaurant in California, has a whole new menu focusing on their original “French” roots.
I recently had the privilege of being invited to a special press tasting at Mimi’s Café in Sacramento. We were there to sample the brand new menu Mimi’s recently rolled out, and overall it is an impressive lineup. If you have some old favorites at Mimi’s you may be a bit disappointed to see they are gone, but I’m confident you’ll find a new love in no time when you check out the menu.
The executive chef of Mimi’s is trained in French cuisine, and her experience and influence is apparent in the new menu options. This is working well for the restaurant, as her design of French-infused food is both simple and delicious at the same time.
An array of new appetizers await guests at Mimi’s. The mussels were exceptionally popular with our table, as was a seafood crepe. One of the best appetizers we had was a brie cheese topped with fruit chutney. Served with bread and apple slices, this dish is the perfect fusion of sweet and spice. All of Mimi’s appetizers are reasonably priced and reasonably sized – they aren’t a “meal before a meal”, and this is an effective format.
Main courses at Mimi’s feature a combination of Italian and French cuisine along with some standard comfort foods like pot pie. The Sole Meuniere served with potatoes and sautéed garlic spinach is reasonably priced and delicious. It’s the perfect fish for those who aren’t too sure about how they feel about fish, remaining mild in flavor and texture.
Mimi’s sticks with a classic dessert menu including a chocolate molten cake. At our press event, we were presented with two spur of the moment desserts that are not currently featured on the menu but are potentially on their way in the coming months. One of these was a bacon apple waffle dessert, which could just as easily be served as a breakfast dish. The taste of this definitely isn’t for everyone – it wasn’t a favorite for me. However the boldness of design and the risk of flavors appeals to some and is worth trying once.
Other New Favorites at Mimi’s:
- Saint Malo Pasta
- Le Burger de Madame
- Bistro Bavette Steak
- Pot Pie Nouveau
Mimi’s continues to maintain a gluten free menu along with online information as to how exactly food is prepared so it is safe for those with any and all allergens.
In terms of décor, the restaurant has been left virtually untouched. Rooms remain themed and retain their laid-back New Orleans-inspired vibe. Colorful napkins adorn the table with oversized utensils and a complimentary bread basket.
Service and Price
Mimi’s serves all ages, but tends to draw an older crowd. Servers are polite, sharply dressed and knowledgeable about the new menu. While the menu has been completely overhauled, prices remain fair with an appetizer running around $6 and a main course costing between $8-20.
What About Old Favorites?
If you had a prior favorite at Mimi’s, unfortunately it is likely no longer on the menu. A few classics have remained, but the majority have been revamped or overhauled. However it never hurts to ask if your favorite can still be made. If not, be encouraged the new menu is both delicious and diverse.
Mimi’s Located Near You
There are a lot of Mimi’s around Sacramento, providing most locals with the opportunity to easily check out their new cuisine.
3511 NORTH FREEWAY BLVD.
SACRAMENTO, CA 95834
2029 ALTA ARDEN WAY
SACRAMENTO, CA 95825
9195 W. STOCKTON BL.
ELK GROVE, CA 95758
1104 GALLERIA BL.
ROSEVILLE, CA 95661
2719 E. BIDWELL ST.
FOLSOM, CA 95630
850 GROVELAND LANE
LINCOLN, CA 95648