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On Easter Sunday, April 5, 2015, my daughter and I had lunch at the Mimosa Restaurant, 202 Grocery Avenue, in the Food Lion Shopping Center at the intersection of Greenwood and Senseny Roads east of Winchester. Formerly the Mimosa Asian Fusion Restaurant, which opened in December 2008, it is now simply the Mimosa Restaurant and under new management.
Hours are Sunday-Thursday, 11:00 AM-9:30 PM; Friday & Saturday, 11:00 AM-10:30 PM. The phone number is (540) 545-8482; delivery and pickup are available. The Web site is http://www.mimosa-llc.com/.
Entry is through a vestibule to a cashier's station, and along the right wall a long, padded bench offers seating if you need to wait. Further back along the right wall is an L-shaped bar with seven stools.
A divider between the bar area and the dining room is topped with a series of large lighted aquariums, visible from both sides. It has high-rise tables and chairs next to it on the bar side, and other tables are also here.
The dining room has four booths along its side of the divider with the aquariums. A sushi bar in the back is equipped with five chairs, and tables are located around the floor.
The front of the room and the left side have floor to ceiling windows, giving the room a light and airy appearance. A door on the right opens out onto an enclosed concrete patio with black iron furniture with umbrellas over the tables.
Decorations include two statues of Chinese soldiers and Oriental art here and there on the walls. The floor covering is large tan vinyl squares, and the open ceiling exposes the roof superstructure, which is black. Lighting is by strings of small cylindrical lamps hanging down from the ceiling. Unobtrusive music can be heard.
The regular menu's categories are Fusion Appetizers, Traditional Appetizers, Soups, Sides, Vegetables, Rice/Noodles, Sides/Vegetables, Salads, Traditional Dishes, Fusion Dishes, Favorite Dishes, Gluten-Free Dishes, Children's Menu, $6 Lunch Specials, and Beverages. A separate menu lists the Sushi offerings.
My daughter ordered Seasoned Pork Dumplings from the Appetizer Menu, and Coconut Shrimp Tempura from the Fusion Dishes Menu. This was Batter-fried Shrimp and Fried Banana, with Coconut Milk.
I chose Honey-Ginger Glazed Shrimp from the Traditional Dishes Menu with Fried Rice. The serving sizes were generous, and we each asked for a go-box for leftovers. The Mimosa is on my keeper list.
My daughter and I were the only dining room patrons during our entire stay, but there were two customers in the bar area. This shopping center actually has four restaurants; the other three are Subway at 210 Grocery Avenue, Castiglia's next door at 212 Grocery Avenue, and McDonald's at 222 Grocery Avenue.— Perry Crabill
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