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paz5559 Nov 13, 2007 02:10 PM

has anyone been?

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    mikemill RE: paz5559 Nov 13, 2007 04:15 PM

    Yes, and it was absolutely amazing, especially considering they had been open 3 nights at the time.

    I wrote about my meal on egullet. I'll post it here in a minute.

    alright...

    My girlfriend and I had dinner at MiLa last night, and I have to say that as high as our expectations were, they were absolutely and completely blown away. MiLa, after three nights open, is serving food on or above the level of any restaurant in New Orleans.

    Our server was helpful but not overbearing, and the general manager, Jim, was informative and exceptionally welcoming. The service all night was friendly and spot-on.

    But the food is what we were there for, and was more surprisingly delicious than anything I've had in a long time. The venison and duck liver pate, when combined with the cornichons, creole mustard, and okra was interestingly textured, and the acidity in the condiments phenomenally contrasted with the pecans and meatiness of the pate. My girlfriend started with the sweetbreads. The truffled grits were one of the most sublimely rich things I have ever experienced. If anyone has ever had the grits at Dante's Kitchen, imagine them plus truffles.

    The entrees were, impossibly, a step up from the appetizers. I had pig cheeks and langoustines, and it arrived in a cast iron pot, in stew form. The pig cheeks literally fell apart at the touch of a fork, and the langoustines were like the sweetest fresh-caught crab in the world. Both were presented in a broth. I can't find an words for this beyond amazing. My girlfriend had the grouper, which I didn't try, but she thoroughly enjoyed.

    Dessert was a cheese plate for me, with a blue, a sheep's milk, and a third I don't remember. These were served with chestnut bread and an eggplant jam, which was one of the most delicious things I've ever eaten. My girlfriend had the sublime muscadine jello. You wouldn't believe how good jello can be. It was shocking.

    I'm exhausted from thinking about the meal again, so I think I'll skip any conclusion. Just go. You won't regret it.

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      mrsfury RE: mikemill Nov 13, 2007 06:22 PM

      I am so happy to read this report. Thank you. Jim will appreciate it very much.

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        uptownlibrarian RE: mikemill Nov 15, 2007 06:49 AM

        What are the prices like?

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          agent99 RE: mikemill Nov 16, 2007 10:28 AM

          would you recommend it to a solo diner?

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            mikemill RE: agent99 Nov 16, 2007 01:32 PM

            I'm not really sure what criteria solo dining requires. The service was fantastic, and I am sure you would be treated very well. The food makes trying it solo worth a shot.

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          kmnola RE: paz5559 Nov 14, 2007 06:36 PM

          I walk past it every morning and afternoon and I have to say the interior looks beautiful, comfortable, and elegant.

          Tom Fitzmorris wrote a short piece about the restaurant and how it came to be in his weekday e-mail today.

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            nogs80 RE: kmnola Nov 15, 2007 12:30 PM

            So glad to hear such good things about MiLa! I am considering going this weekend, but would also like to hear about the prices...Thanks!!!

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              mikemill RE: nogs80 Nov 16, 2007 06:07 AM

              The meal I described above, with a decent wine and a glass of port, ran me 175 dollars, which I would consider dirt cheap given the value. I paid about the same for Daisy Bistro, which I was not nearly so impressed with, to say the least.

              Entrees are about average for NOLA, spanning the mid to upper 20s, and the wine list has a fair range of prices.

              Like I said earlier though, it's worth every penny.

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            pace RE: paz5559 Nov 16, 2007 07:16 PM

            Reporting on our dinner at MiLa.

            OMG, is all I can say. We had great dinners on this visit to NOLA, at Cochon and Iris, but this was the very best. A sophisticated dining room in the Pere Marquette Renaissance Hotel -- where the restaurant does all the hotel's room service, too -- so tell your out of town friends to stay here, for the food, if for nothing else!

            Our meal started with an amuse bouche of an eggplant wonton on lime mayonnaise. Incredibly good. Bread served was a sweet potato bread and chive cornbread accompanied by a tiny mini-skillet of butter and one of lima bean puree (that included lemon pepper, giving it a citrus hotness). We were told that the corn bread and lima bean puree were the chefs's take on hummus and pita bread.

            We started with salads, which we always think of as not the most exciting starter to order (and not the thing chefs would want you to order), but we were in the mood for greens and knew they were organic here. When our salads arrived, we knew we were not missing out by not ordering other apps. The frisee salad was especially memorable. With bruleed and shaved butternut squash, goat cheese rolled in spiced pecans, and drizzled with vinaigrette. A little on the salty side, but so so good.

            For entrees, we had roasted grouper, with creamed turnip greens, roasted cepes, and brown chicken jus. Again, OMG. Our other entree was grilled NY strip in a red wine sauce, with sweet potato and yukon gold potatoes with parmesan cheese in a bechamel sauce. Can you image how good that was??

            We asked for a side of the black truffle grits, and then ended up asking for a second!

            For dessert we shared the banana pudding, which was bruleed and covered with Chantilly cream and had three "cat tongue cookies" on top, standing on end.

            Beth was the person who served us, and I'd highly recommend asking for her. She was highly knowledgable about the dishes, very genial, and enthusiastic.

            As for the question of prices, the cold appetizers range from $8 to $15. The hot appetizers are $9 to $19 (lobster). Entrees are from $24 to $32 and wines are from $30 to $526 (Mouton-Rothchild) a bottle. So, you can choose dishes/wines that are moderately priced or you can choose to blow it out and splurge. Either way, this place is well worth whatever price level you choose.

            MiLa has only been opened since Nov 5th and has not done any publicity yet. Despite its newness, the food, service, and room are already ready for prime time. So, get there before word gets out and reservations become difficult.

            Thanks, Hungry Celeste and Mikemill! You made our food time in NOLA the best!!

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              emmccallon RE: paz5559 Nov 17, 2007 05:13 PM

              My husband and I always plan for a special meal for our anniversary, but our annual spluge has never been so sublime! Not only was the food utterly spectacular, but the service was great (unexpected for a restaurant so new), and the sommelier made some interesting and wonderfully successful pairings.

              Now that I'm writing, I don't know exactly where to start. The specialty cocktails are as good a place as any: the Louisiana 75, which adds Herbsaint, making it light and a bit less sweet than the classic French 75. The Mint Julep is a gorgeously tall refresher, worthy of any hot New Orleans night.

              Beginning with bar snacks, the menu is simultaneously more refined and more comforting than the chefs' creations at The Longbranch. The hush puppies with creme fraiche and caviar are decadent and down-home at the same time. The award-winning Oysters Rockefeller "Deconstructed" are perfect, but different than any Rock I've ever had.

              The night's special was a plump diver scallop topped with mushroom compote floating in a creamy white sweet potato soup, when paired with an Alsatian Premier Cru Gewurztraminer, was one of the finest dishes/sips I've ever tasted. Pompano meuniere was stunning. The langoustine and pork cheek in a cast-iron pot gave a soul food twist to surf and turf, so be sure to save some of your house-made cornbread from your bread basket to dip in the jus.

              Now, to dessert. I usually opt for cheese, but I was so stuffed that I decided to just have a taste of my husband's rice pudding. "Rice pudding?" I said, when he ordered it. Boy was he right! Topped with golden raisins and paired with Chateau D'Yquem: I should've had my own....

              I think we'll be making MiLa a special occasion tradition. And a happy hour tradition. And a dinner tradition... And dessert.... And wine.... You get the idea.

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                nogs80 RE: paz5559 Nov 17, 2007 09:26 PM

                anyone know the number to call for a rez? when i call the number on the website, it goes straight to some woman's voicemail. thanks!

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                  Tonto RE: nogs80 Nov 19, 2007 10:48 AM

                  412-2580

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                    kevin RE: Tonto Nov 23, 2007 03:24 PM

                    is there a website for mila???

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                      Tonto RE: kevin Nov 23, 2007 05:09 PM

                      Yes Kevin, but it offers very little information at this time. I got that phone number from NOMENU.com.

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                        The Chowfather AKA sobe RE: kevin Dec 12, 2007 07:45 PM

                        http://milaneworleans.com/index.htm

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                    stevesnis RE: paz5559 Nov 26, 2007 09:00 AM

                    Visiting New Orleans for a few days, ate at Cochon on Saturday night (which was phenomenal), and MiLa on Sunday night. I def wasn't sure what to expect with MiLa because there is so little info on the Web about this place but what I had read looked great, plus they are open Sunday nights, so we decided to give it a try.

                    Our meals were fantastic! First of all, it was POURING outside last night after POURING all day long in New Orleans. That being said, it was still a bit strange that when we arrived at 7:15 for a 7:30 reservation, we were literally the only diners in the place. We were treated really well and very quickly tho.

                    Our server was excellent and in addition to great service with dinner, he wrote down some "locals only" type places for us to try out while we're in town. Very nice guy.

                    Now, on to the food. For starters my wife had the Turtle Soup w/Brandy and I had the Venison/Duck Pate. Both were excellent. The pate was perfect and served with toast points and cornichons and what I beleive was pickeled Okra. Spot on.

                    Our entrees were even better. I had the strip steak in red wine sauce with sweet potato au gratin. Sounds pretty basice but it was perfectly cooked medium rare, sauce was not too heavy and didn't overpower the taste of the meat. My wife had the Sweet Potato Pappardelle. Had shaved cheese over the top, wild mushrooms and lots of roasted garlic mixed throughout. Both meals were excellent.

                    We skipped desserts as we were both stuffed from dinner.

                    All in all, I'd give MiLa very high marks. If it were a nice full dining room, it would have made the experience a bit nicer (still a little disconcerting to be the only ones eating) but still, it was a great night and highly recommended to all who are thinking of trying it out.

                    -stevesnis

                    1. mrsfury RE: paz5559 Nov 29, 2007 11:40 AM

                      I just had lunch there today. The bar and dining rooms are decorated beautifully. I had the burger with sweet potato fries and my friend had pulled pork (in the place of the duck leg) with satsuma mustard and garlic fries. We swapped sandwich halves so we could taste everything. That was the first burger I ever had that did not require a condiment. It was cooked to perfection, which apparently is not easy to do. Mine always come over or undercooked. The pork with satsuma mustard was perfect. Service was great too!

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                        brshpr RE: paz5559 Dec 2, 2007 07:07 PM

                        not good at all. food was way over seasoned. service was lacking. The food was overdone, what happened to simple well prepared food. wait at least 6 months to get kinks out

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                          mikemill RE: brshpr Dec 3, 2007 05:41 AM

                          brshpr, I'm not sure we're even talking about the same restaurant. I went for the second time on Saturday night, and while I had a few issues of personal preference with the server, the food couldn't have been better. The flavors, while strong, were certainly not overdone.

                          I'm sorry your experience was not up to par, but I definitely think you should give it another chance. Every restaurant has an off night... (Well, except Stella!, but that's another topic.

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                            pennylane RE: brshpr Dec 12, 2007 11:08 AM

                            I have eaten at both Mila and the Rushing's previous restaurant. Their plates are beautiful & so perfectly seasoned, I can't believe you were in the same place that I have been in...They are also cooking alot of the same dishes they "got the kinks" out of at The Longbranch, I recommend this place, along with Cochon, best 2 places to eat in NOLA!!!

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                            LandscapeDudeCNJ RE: paz5559 Mar 27, 2008 09:20 AM

                            We visited MiLa for lunch this past Monday (3/24) and had a wonderful meal. The $20 Prix Fixe 3-course lunch is a real bargain. The waitstaff at lunch is young but very attentive. Our server was a lovely young lady from Peru. The room is stylish with an interesting ceiling light display. Housemade cornbread and sweet potato rolls come with fresh sweet butter and a lima bean slather. Very tasty. The Prix Fixe menu is limited to 2 appetizer, 2 entree, and 2 dessert choices. We both started with a beautiful white asparagus veloute with crawfish and lobster oil...wonderful. For my entree I enjoyed the filo crusted baby drum; my partner had the lamb with Israeli couscous. The shredded filo crust was spectacular as was the fish; the lamb dish was wonderfully seasoned. Desserts are also quite good (Vanilla scented rice pudding and Chocolate Mousse that day).
                            One of the best meals of our trip. Certainly the best value. (We also dined at Cuvee, Cochon, Bayona, Restaurant August, Galatoires, and Luke).

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                              JazzyB RE: paz5559 Mar 27, 2008 09:27 AM

                              For more on MiLa check the thread on this boad "MiLa-hate to say this"

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