Celebrity chef Michael Mina’s new Bourbon Steak in Glendale seems to be full of contradictions: gourmet food in a mall, both classic dishes and contemporary inventions share a menu, and the sleek, modern interior was inspired by the bygone golden age of aviation.
Luckily, these seemingly paradoxical elements work together marvelously.
Housed on the corner of Colorado Avenue and Brand Boulevard and anchoring one end of the Americana mall, the restaurant is airy and open with a modern dark wood interior, long spacious bar section, round tan leather booths, and an indoor/outdoor patio.
This Bourbon Steak is Michael Mina’s 18th restaurant, and he made an excellent choice selecting chef Joseph Conrad to command the kitchen. The menu includes Mina staples such as the lobster pot pie, grass-fed steaks, and duck fat fries with three sauces, but also offers unique dishes including kampachi belly tartare, duck spring rolls, hamachi and tuna poppers, Japanese Wagyu shabu shabu, and English pea agnolotti. Tableside presentations of the famous lobster pot pie, Japanese whiskey, and bourbon flights bring a little excitement to your evening.
Steaks range in location of origin and cut, with options including prime black Angus, American Wagyu, Australian Wagyu, and Japanese Wagyu. All can be paired with lobster, prawns, bone marrow, and crab, accompanied by béarnaise, bourbon, or green peppercorn sauce. In addition to steak and lobster pot pie, Bourbon Steak’s menu includes a pork tomahawk, potato crusted sole, crispy red snapper, and seabass with eggplant purée. Sides are also classic and innovative: asparagus with seven treasures, lobster whipped potato, black truffle mac and cheese, and jalapeño creamed corn.
Diners can choose from a variety of desserts including Devil’s Food cake and butterscotch toffee pudding, as well as Mina’s signature root beer float and a candy and confection cart. In addition to dinner, Bourbon Steak is also open for lunch, serving lighter fare in the café, bar, and patisserie.