You probably didn’t have time to stop and eat during this past weekend’s Black Friday frenzy, but now that people have settled into the holiday shopping groove, a meal break is easier to take (and access). If you go to Neiman Marcus’ Mariposa, you’ll find some new changes to the decor and menu.
To be honest, the restaurant will not look different to most diners, but now that I’m telling you about it, you’ll feel it. The furniture is less bulky, which means there is more space between tables. The waitstaff loves this, as it gives them more room to move. You’ll feel like it’s a lot more open, and you will barely notice the staff because they won’t be dodging so close to you.
There are a few new menu items, in addition to the tried-and-true favorites: Mariposa poke, roasted beet salad, a couple of sandwiches, rosemary and garlic roasted pork chops, kabocha pumpkin ravioli and shrimp, and a few desserts. They couldn’t completely revamp the menu, of course, since there are some items that people eat all the time (yes, I always have the applewood salmon salad!). They reopened recently after the renovation, so Olena Heu and I went to see what’s new. Here’s my tip: Try to get a table in Jeremy Chong’s section, and eat whatever he tells you to eat. He’s always right!
Neiman Marcus Mariposa (2 of 7)
New on the menu: Mariposa poke ($16), a fresh combination of hamachi, king salmon, ahi, cucumber, Maui onion, ogo, and garlic-chili atop a bed of brown rice. I wasn't sure if I'd like it with brown rice, but she go! The bubu arare on top is always a nice touch. And yes, it is always served with a rose.