Café Allegro has recently reopened at The Musical Instrument Museum (MIM). The café has new Executive Chef James Moran and updated menu with global dishes such as butter chicken, beef empanadas, and tuna tartare.
Whether spending the day exploring the galleries at the MIM or just stopping by for lunch, guests can choose from a variety of fresh entrees, salads, soups, and grill items showcasing local produce and flavors from around the world.
Café Allegro is currently open seven days a week, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., inside of the MIM at 4725 East Mayo Boulevard.
Moran, who wants his menu to reflects what is happening outside of the museum, such as international events like the Olympics or cultural holidays around the globe said this:
“At the MIM, there are instruments from all around the world, and we are trying to introduce global cuisine in the menu.”
On November 1st, during Allegro’s preview night, the chef made a beef empanada, made Argentinian style, with a hard-boiled egg, olive and chimichurri aioli.
“This is global and local, and we are trying to keep everything under those parameters.”
Moran uses only fresh and local ingredients. There is a plenty of room at the café. The décor is minimalistic, but the glass windows overlook the courtyard, which offers a nice view while enjoying the cuisine.
It is a quiet area, and that isn’t unnatural in a museum dining space. Patrons may enjoy matching their music experience with a global food experience — which for locals and tourists alike is an unexpected good surprise in the middle of the desert. Guests don’t need to worry about food allergies or restrictions, since the menu offers gluten-free, vegan and vegetarian items.
Each day there is a different soup on the menu — everything from a pumpkin apple cider bisque to a split pea with ham and a crab corn chowder. In terms of other items on the menu, there is a local and global option offered, as well as specials for the week.
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