Studio Crew Reviews: Mua

Good news! After we all waited nervously for several months, Sasha's visa was finally approved and she'll be staying with us as digital technician supreme. To celebrate, Sasha's parents treated the studio crew to a special dinner. Sasha researched the many exciting restaurants in our new neighborhood before she selected Mua, a hip and trendy bar and restaurant in mid-Oakland. The restaurant offers vegan, non-vegan and gluten-free dishes, so there was something for everyone's tastes and dietary restrictions.

Lush exterior of the restaurant. Photo by Sasha. 

Lush exterior of the restaurant. Photo by Sasha. 

Unique interior decorations. Photo by Sasha. 

Unique interior decorations. Photo by Sasha. 

Our first impression was that we loved the space. The exterior of this former warehouse is gorgeous, although it feels somewhat out of place surrounded as it is by car dealerships. Basquiat-inspired drawings and graffiti adorn the walls inside that retain the character of the former warehouse.  

There was ample seating, especially when we arrived at 6 p.m., but as the night went on, tables filled up. The restaurant was large enough to accommodate the crowd, however, and the service was always quick and efficient, so we never felt like our table was unattended.

The studio crew. Photo by Pamela. 

The studio crew. Photo by Pamela. 

Drinks and appetizers. Photo by Pamela. 

Drinks and appetizers. Photo by Pamela. 

The strawberry lemonade was delicious, although a bit sour. We also ordered a variety of appetizers, including the grilled artichoke, chips & guacamole, "no-cheese mac & cheese," and Brussels sprouts. We enjoyed comparing ways to eat artichokes, but our favorite appetizers were ultimately the mac and cheese and the Brussels sprouts.

The whisky tasting board. Photo by Noel. 

The whisky tasting board. Photo by Noel. 

A table of photographers means everybody was equipped with their cameras. The "No Cheese Mac and Cheese" was also a crew favorite. Photos by Noel

A table of photographers means everybody was equipped with their cameras. The "No Cheese Mac and Cheese" was also a crew favorite. Photos by Noel

The upstairs loft had a DJ! Photo by Dana. 

The upstairs loft had a DJ! Photo by Dana. 

The restaurant's sign is illuminated by a vintage spotlight. Photo by Pam.

The restaurant's sign is illuminated by a vintage spotlight. Photo by Pam.

 

 

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