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.
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 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.