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Apr 15, 2009 10:04 AM

Milo's Pita - Toronto Life Square (Yonge/Dundas)

Based on recommendations from this board, I went to Milo's Pita a few weeks ago and had a great chicken kebob sandwich. I convinced my co-workers to go back with me today.

One of my co-workers ordered the same chicken kebob sandwich, and when it came time to assemble, she said that she didn't want any of the garlic sauce, as she really doesn't like garlic.

Unfortunately, this was the wrong thing to say. Not only did the guy preparing the sandwiches (who I assume is Milo) repeatedly ask her whether she wanted the garlic sauce or not, but every time she declined, he launched into a complete tirade.

When we sat down, and she was relaying this story to another co-worker, the people at the table next to us overheard and said that he continued to go on after she had left, complaining, ranting and raving.

Needless to say, while she said her sandwich tasted good, none of us will ever be returning.

Who does this guy think he is? The Soup Nazi?? Sorry but given the lack of people in the food court at 12:30 pm, they should be doing all they can to attract customers and not to antagonize them! They can now count at least 4 people who won't be going back to eat there.

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  1. Some people like bland, for whatever reason. This is not the place for your co-worker. I applaud Milo for defending his personal but public choice, but maybe he needs to learn about diplomacy. Let's see if he is there next year.

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    1. re: jayt90

      Not sure what you mean by "this is not the place for your co-worker:. She didn't order or pay for a "garlic sauce" sandwich. She ordered and payed for a chicken kebob sandwich and it is HER choice if she wanted the garlic sauce or not.

      Personally, I LOVED the garlic sauce but that is MY taste and MY choice and is not up to anyone to dictate to me what I should or should not be eating.

      1. re: jayt90

        Reading this thread makes me want to check out this Milo guy and his garlic sauce.

        Maybe he's a stickler for authenticity? Or he can't understand why anyone would want a chicken pita without garlic sauce? Maybe he was just trying to yank your coworker's chain.

        Sounds like a character!

        This thread might actually help drive up his business.

        Milo's Pita
        10 Dundas St E, Toronto, ON M5B, CA

        1. re: phoenikia

          Milo is a character! And he takes great pride in his cooking (deservedly so). Everything served is homemade (including the garlic paste) . I'm sure Milo was just kidding around with your coworker. Sorry to hear she found the experience so overwhelming, but I would bet she heads back for more Milo's within a week!

          Tastiest Freshest Kebabs in Toronto.

          1. re: phoenikia

            I also will try it out after reading this thread.

            1. re: phoenikia

              I think I will too. I am curious about the sauce now lol.

          2. I love the food at Milo's and the guy who usually works there (whom I assume is the Great Milo himself) is usually super nice and a personable. I have difficulty reconciling your story with my experiences with him, but I believe you and I understand that everyone has bad days. While I agree that his handling of the situation sounded less than professional I still maintain that the food quality at that place far exceeds anything I've found in any other food court, and will be returning in the future to enjoy my falafels and schwarma... with extra garlic sauce.

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            1. re: Gary

              Oh I'm sorry to hear that you and your co-worker suffered what seems to be an irrational scolding by Milo over Toum or garlic sauce!! I do like his food, and while he has always been reasonable with me he probably was a little over the line with his rant! I haven't been a few weeks myself need to go back soon for a 'white' schwarma.

              1. re: deabot

                I am curious - what is a 'white' schwarma?

                1. re: perogy

                  it's what milo terms his chicken kebob schwarma's. so the chicken kebob sandwich is also referred to as the white schwarma because the regular schwarma is mostly dark meat.

                  1. re: deabot

                    oh, i am so happy i asked! i am going there today for lunch and wasn't sure what the white meat/dark meat vibe was at this place.

                    i am a white meat eater - so, will be ordering the white schwarma. thanks for the info.

                    1. re: deabot

                      Hey D, that sounds delish. Need to try it out!

                      1. re: pescatarian

                        yeah it is. his toum is very garlicky though, just a warning! :)

                        1. re: deabot

                          Hey, I can take a lot of garlic, lol. Hopefully you can add hot sauce because I like hot sauce too. We should meet their for lunch one day! (not sure if that will get removed here ;)

                          1. re: pescatarian

                            You can add hot sauce and it's delicious.

              2. I went to Milo's last weekend. I am an extremely picky eater and I asked the guy (probably Milo) to make a sandwich with only chicken and tahini sauce. (I know I am strange that I don't like veggies and garlic). He was very nice and didn't question me nor give me any attitude. So, maybe he was having a bad day when you guys went? Onto the food, the chicken was really good, flavourful and juicy. I found the chicken from Red and White on Yonge and Gerrad salty. But I don't have the same problem with Milo's. My companion said the veggies were fresh. Milo's is pricer than other mid east places in the area, but the quality of the food is pretty good and the foodcourt is spacious and clean. I hope he will do better since the foodcourt in Toronto Life centre is not that busy.

                1. I also finally went to Milo's this week. Good but not great. Like Obama's first seven months in office, maybe my hopes for Milo's were set too a bit too high after all the board ravings.
                  I ordered the kafta kabob. The kabob itself was good, but not memorable or distinctive, and I found it a bit dry. It also sat like a rock in my stomach afterwards, unfortunately, which very rarely happens with me.
                  The pita and veggies did taste fresh and good, and the onions are flavoured with sumac, a spice mixture I love. So overall, I'd say it's not a bad meal, and probably a very good one for a typical Toronto food court. But I wouldn't go out of my way to return there.
                  For my money and Lebanese food hankering, Pita Q is probably still unbeaten.

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                  1. re: molly82

                    I've never had the kabobs, but I would def give him another chance for the shawarma and falafel. Also, I had Pita Q yesterday and my sandwich was way too oily. Too much garlic sauce, perhaps? I still love Pita Q, but it just reminds you that everyone has off days.

                  2. This place gets my vote for best falafel in the city. They're made fresh which is becoming rare, the veggies are fresh, and sauces are strong and flavourful. Prices is steeper than most at around $8 with a drink but well worth it based on the quality.