There is an Aura about Midtown
October 14, 2012
Ex-Quails owner reinvents former Virago space
The space on Division Street that formerly housed Virago has been reinvented as Aura. As I reported last month, Aura’s managing partner is Mathew Igwonobe, a food-biz veteran who previously owned the Brentwood restaurant Quails. Aura had two soft opening events last week and was scheduled to open officially on Friday.
Aura calls its food “world fusion cuisine” — Asian, Latin and Southern touches appear on the menu. A few of the dishes that popped up at the preview dinners include crawfish potato skins with citrus remoulade; beef chimichurri with zucchini strings; and a popular pasta dish that tops angel hair with duck breast, oyster mushrooms, asparagus and sweet peppers.
The team will serve dinner seven nights a week and lunch Monday through Friday (lunch won’t roll out until Oct. 22), but they also want to offer a convivial spot for drinks. There’s a long list of creative cocktails, made artisan-style with fresh juices and herbs, and 30 or so wines by the glass.
Aura is at 1811 Division St. The phone number is 730-8418. You can check out the menu at auratherestaurant.com and book reservations online at OpenTable.