Date Night Dining at Mix Mix Kitchen Bar
We dined as a guest of the venue
There was one thing that kept me coming back to Leatherby’s month after month, and that was because of the delicious cuisine that Award-winning Chef Ross Pangilinan was creating in their kitchen. When news broke that Chef Ross was leaving Leatherby’s to open his own restaurant, I began counting down the days until I could enjoy his delicious dishes once again.
Chef Ross is an OC Dad and one of the biggest culinary geniuses in Orange County. He pushes culinary boundaries with his Filipino-inspired cuisine, and guests are guaranteed to have an unforgettable dining experience at his new restaurant in the heart of Downtown Santa Ana, Mix Mix Kitchen Bar.
Mix Mix Kitchen Bar is the perfect place to plan your next date night. I first visited the new restaurant by making reservations at the chef’s table – which I highly recommend. I was able to sit with a group of my friends at the chef’s table and get a first-hand look at the magic happening in Chef Ross’ kitchen.
Our evening started by sipping on one of the most incredible craft cocktails, the smoked and oaked. The cocktail featured a barrel hitch whiskey, Gran Classico, house-made sweet vermouth aged in “Beyond Barrels” staves. Smoke literally came out of the glass as the mixologist poured it into my glass.
The first dish that we savored was the chorizo and potato croquettes with a jalapeno lime aioli. The appetizer bursted with flavor and was the perfect start to our dining experience at Mix Mix.
The next course was one of my favorites of the night, the Filipino ceviche. You’ll never have ceviche anywhere else that will be as delicious as the one that Chef Ross prepares. This culinary creation features yellowfin tuna, coconut lime, avocado, pork cracklings and a Thai chili. It is pure perfection.
Following the ceviche, Chef Ross prepared a market pasta. The dish featured housemade pappardelle, beef and pork bolognese, parmesan and Genovese basil. If you decide to bring the kids with you to have dinner at Mix Mix, I highly recommend this for your children to enjoy.
Then we were served a piece of salmon that was juicy, flaky and seasoned just right. The fish was paired with sautéed vegetables. It was simple, and everyone at the chef’s table couldn’t stop raving about how much they loved this dish.
Chef Ross saved the best for last, the hanger steak. The steak was incredibly delicious and featured loaded potato espuma, shallot marmalade, and a peppercorn sauce. I devoured every last bite of this dish and still craving a return to Mix Mix for more.
The evening ended with a tropical verrine with lychee, passion fruit, coconut and macadamia nuts. It was the perfect ending to a perfect dining experience at Mix Mix.
You can find the Mix Mix Kitchen Bar at 300 N. Main Street in Santa Ana. They are currently open Tuesday-Thursday from 5 pm to 10 pm, Friday-Saturday from 5 pm to 11 pm, and Sunday brunch from 11 am to 3 pm. mixmixkitchenbar.com.
They are offering Happy Hour Tuesday through Friday from 5 pm to 7 pm. Happy Hour features $2 off snacks and wine by the glass, $5 beer of the day, $8 cocktails (Sangani Sour, Margarita, and Penicillin).
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