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May 20, 2009 04:19 PM

Milos- has anyone ordered the grilled octopus, lobster or warm lobster salad lately?

I was looking at the Milos website ( ) and couldn't find any prices listed, apart from the tasting menu ($75), business lunch prix fixe ($20.09), late night dinners ($20.09) and Sunday special($45).

Have any CHs ordered the grilled octopus or lobster dishes lately? Do you recall how much they cost? Are the lobster dishes Market Price?

I've been to Milos before, so I know the general price range, but haven't ordered the lobster and wasn't sure if it would cost considerably more than their imported finfish.

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  1. I'll change my question. Has anyone tried the $75 tasting menu at Milos lately?

    Or the $45 Sunday night dinner?

    1. I had the grilled octopus at Milos this past week, and it was fantastic. Best octopus I have found outside Greece.The gulf shrimp were quite good. Really liked the white beans with dill that were served with the shrimp.

      The ehkmek kataifi was pretty good, although the custard layer wasn't as light as I anticipated. I'd probably order loukamades on a future visit.

      1. I finally ate at Milos last night, for the first time, and thoroughly enjoyed it.

        Looking at the prices on the menu it was obvious that the tasting menu provided best value for money. I usually avoid tasting menus at unknown restaurants, but since Milos has nothing but positive reviews, decided to go for it.

        As there are two choices for each course, my wife and I tried one of each, so we could each taste everything (well, almost). Here's how it went:

        Tuna sashimi or Oysters:
        The sashimi was served carpaccio style, with green onions and a light vinaigrette that resulted in the tuna being lightly cooked. Wonderful-tasting.
        There were 4 super-fresh oysters. Really great, clean flavours.

        Deep-fried calamari or grilled octopus:
        The calamari was good, but not outstanding (could have been a touch more tender).
        The octopus was one of the very best things I have had this year. Super-tender and super-tasty. The next time I am not sharing (and there WILL be a next time!).

        Grilled shrimp or crab cake:
        There were two large shrimps on the plate. Very nice, but could have used some garlic.
        There was one small crab cake on the plate. It was made with....well, crab (no sign of fillers), and was very moist and tasty, served with an aioli that had quite a kick to it, so I had to go easy with it. The white beans on the side were nice too.

        Green salad or tomato salad:
        The green salad was salad.
        The tomato salad was nice, with cucumbers, olives, very thinly-sliced green peppers, and a hunk of feta that was not too tangy - really nice.

        Halibut or filet mignon:
        The halibut was simply grilled, and was sparsely adorned. Very nice ! The fish spoke for itself, without any help.
        My wife had the filet, and said that it was perfectly done. Unfortunately I had to pass because I have an allergy to beef.

        Ehkmek kataifi or Baklava:
        My wife enjoyed the baklava. I don't like baklava (too sweet), so I passed.
        The ehkmek kataifi was good.

        Service was very efficient. We did not have to wait long for the courses, and the waiters were very attentive to water and wine glasses.

        Looking forward to my next visit there.

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        1. re: souschef

          Glad you liked it!

          Milos in Montreal is my favourite place for grilled octopus in eastern Canada- haven't found anything better anywhere else in Canada ;-) Similar quality to some of the best grilled octopus I've been served in upscale seafood restaurants in Spain, Portugal & Greece!

          1. re: souschef

            My wife and I returned to Milos last night. We went with a known thing (and best value) - the tasting menu again. Here's how it went:

            The oysters, sashimi, and desserts were superb, as before.

            The shrimps were overcooked. The crabcake, however, was even better than before. It seemed to be of smaller diameter but thicker than the last time. The texture was amazing. As an added bonus, the aioli did not have the spicy kick it did before. Most enjoyable !

            We both eschewed the calamari in favour of the octopus that was so amazing the last time. This time it was merely excellent, not as superlative as before.

            The mains, unfortunately, were disappointing. The filet mignon and accompanying roast potato were oversalted (thought the filet was done exactly medium rare, as requested). The halibut was overcooked. I was amazed at how skinny the piece was (about half the thickness it was before); the cook obviously forgot to adjust for the thickness. I think the next time we eat there I will ask if we can have a crab cake instead of the mains; it would be more than enough food.

          2. I was treated to dinner last night at Milos. Another great experience there. This time the waiter did something different at the start; he took us to the back to show us what fish was available, and explained how each would be cooked. There was an amazing range of super-fresh fish. This included live langoustines at $85/lb.

            Unfortunately they no longer have the $75 tasting menu; it used to be great value for the money. I had the always-wonderful crabcake and the big eye tuna, just seared. Really enjoyed both, as well as the Ekmek Kataifi. Wine was a nice Greek Sauvignon Blanc for $65.

            The non-fish eater in the group enjoyed his salad and filet.

            While we were there in walked Cheech and Chong.

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            1. re: souschef

              gorgeous cake in your photo, souschef.
              i used to hear that milos cut their prices after 10 pm. anyone know if that's still the case?

              1. re: bakersdelight

                It is still mentionned on their website, so I guess it's still the case.

                1. re: bakersdelight

                  Thank you. I do change it from time to time.

                2. re: souschef

                  FYI big eye tuna is often listed on those pesky endangered-fish lists.

                  big eye tuna "have a very high risk of being sourced from unsustainable fisheries"

                  I try to eat the fish that are not on these lists, but it is difficult. And my dining companions do get agitated it when I point out these oh-so-inconvenient facts to to them.

                  1. re: Lowe Arthorbit

                    Considering the wide variety of fish available, how do you keep track of the fish on those lists? Good memory, or database on your iPhone? :)

                    At a place like Milos you have to balance deliciousness vs sustainable. I was tempted by much there: grilled sardines fresh from Portugal, still-frolicking langoustines, Mediterranean (as opposed to non-sustainable Chilean) sea bass, but as I was not paying it would have been inconsiderate to not consider the expense.

                    1. re: souschef

                      Fish restaurants have to change their mentality about that.

                      I just check the "Le Bernardin" restaurant web site and they say the do not serve certain fish according to some agencies and advocacy groups (for example : )

                      1. re: souschef

                        Generally speaking, bottom-feeders and smaller fish such as sardines are more sustainable than big, top-of-the-food chain and/or carnivorous fish like tuna, shark, swordfish, salmon, etc. (But the bottomfeeder criterion isn't a hard and fast rule -- monkfish is one bottomfeeder that should probably be avoided for sustainability reasons.)

                        So at Milos, you should be able to enjoy crab, shellfish, calamari, sea bream (dorade) and sardines without too much worry. Personally I'd steer clear of the tuna, salmon, swordfish, halibut, red snapper...

                        1. re: Mr F

                          It's easy to say steer clear of the tuna at Milos if you have not had their tuna sashimi. It's a different story if you have had it! Anyone else live to eat?

                          1. re: souschef

                            This being chowhound, one would guess many people here live to eat! Of course, some seem to be concerned about their children being able to enjoy the same variety of delicious treats they are :). I mean, eating all the Tuna and leaving them stuck with Tilapia would be a pretty jerk move.

                            Never had the Tuna sashimi at Milos. What cut is it, Akami? (are there options)? How would you compare it to Jun-I? Sashimi seems to be quite difficult in Montreal, I was not very impressed with Tri or Kaizen which both came highly recommended.

                            US Bigeye is one of the potentially sustainable 'sushi quality' tunas currently being fished... I'll ask the specifics if I stop in, I've been craving fish all week so I'll probably end up at Milos or La Chronique sometime soon.

                            1. re: dd_ss

                              The tuna sashimi served at Milos is in carpaccio-thin slices, so it would LOT of money to eat it all and leave the tilapia (which I also enjoy) to my non-existent children :) Now if only I were rich!

                              I am by no means a sushi expert, so I have no idea what the cut is. I have not eaten at Jun-I. Is Kaizen the one on St. Catherine just East of the Bay? If so, I was not impressed the one time I ate there.

                              BTW I would avoid the halibut at Milos as it is too inconsistent. For me the perfect meal at Milos would be sharing a large bunch of appetizers and washing it down with their great Sancerre; as I said, I wish I were rich!

                              1. re: souschef

                                > Is Kaizen the one on St. Catherine just East of the Bay?

                                No, it's the one near Westmount Square.

                                4075, rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest

                                1. re: souschef

                                  Hmm, carpaccio thin slices denatured in a vinaigrette? I think I'll have to pass as that doesn't really sound like my thing. I want to taste my sashimi! I ended up stopping by La Montee and the menu was 75% seafood so I grabbed dinner with a round-two stop at Jun-I to top me off with 12 pieces of sashimi so I think I've got my fish fix for a while... As I lie here in bed I cant stop thinking about the charcoal broiled octopus at Milos though! Arg, wish they delivered at 2am to make my evening of seafood gluttony complete.

                                  1. re: dd_ss

                                    Yeah, I know what you mean about the octopus at Milos. I hope you have had the crabcake too.

                                    How about doing a review of La Montée. I don't think I've seen one since they moved.

                                    1. re: souschef

                                      Yep I've had the crabcake, found it better in NY but it may have just been the evening. The octopus is my standard app at both locations as it is a creature I love dearly but unfortunately few places get it right.

                                      I can throw together a review of La Montee but I am a bit hesitant, I recently lost the usage of my dominant hand so I no longer make notes when dining solo and I was a bit tipsy when I began my meal (they were booked and only had reservations for 10pm so I had a few drinks in me already). Couple that with the disappointing meal and my rush to get out asap to head somewhere I could enjoy some proper fish before it was too late in the evening, and the entire experience is a bit fuzzy.

                                      Let me know if you (or anyone else) still want a write up and I will do my best!

                                      1. re: dd_ss

                                        Considering that no one else has submitted anything on La Montée since they moved, a writeup would be great, even if it from memory. Thanks.

                                        I find it interesting that you mention wanting some proper fish as I remember a superb halibut at La Montée that would put Milos to shame. Halibut is something I will never again order at Milos.

                                        1. re: souschef

                                          No problem, the review has just been posted on the main page.

                                          I actually stopped by Milos for lunch today, been thinking about that octopus! Also, their lobster pasta has been on my mind. Unfortunately I miscalculated the walk distance from my new flat, arrived at 3:05 and the guy wouldn't serve me. Arrrg! A 40 minute walk for nothing. So I put an order in for half a chicken from Portugalia just to feel like I didn't waste the afternoon (I never seem to order from there unless something else has gone wrong and it happens to be on my route home). As for the fish selection at Milos, I don't really order anymore. I am a bit insulted paying $80-$100 for a $20 fish that is cooked with salt and oil, requiring no culinary skill whatsoever. I am ok paying a 4x markup at a nice restaurant for a dish that was well thought out and expertly prepared. But a fish brushed with oil, sprinkled with salt, thrown on the grill and turned once? What shade of lipstick shall I wear?

                          2. re: souschef

                            I would get agitated too... I like to eat my unsustainable fish in peace!

                            Seriously though, one should be mindful with those lists thought as many are oversimplified and often misleading. Taking the specific example from souschef above, there is some sustainable Chilean Seabass (which should be supported rather than avoided) and there is some Mediterranean Seabass given the worst possible rating by the MCS. Sustainable vs non is almost never black and white when grouping by species. It's generally necessary to do the research and speak with the waiter/chef about their sourcing of the specific fish as a few hundred miles and seemingly small differences in farming or catching can have a significant impact. Sadly, many restaurants have no idea whether something was trapped or trawled, closed farmed or open farmed, and many fish providers have been caught blatantly mislabeling items to boost sales.

                            It's generally a huge hassle to deal with the ethics of buying seafood unless eating wild directly at the source or ordering directly from a verifiably reputable fishery. Montreal restaurants don't seem to care about making it any easier for the consumer either.

                      2. We were visiting wonderful Montreal last month and went to Milos. We had a 7pm reservation on a Sunday and arrived by 6:45pm. It went downhill from there. They sat us in the section of the dining room that was apart from the rest of the dining room. NO one else was seated there. We passed an open table in the main dining room while walking there and asked if we could sit there - no, it's reserved. We sat for over 20 minutes, no waiter, no eye contact, no nothing. My husband then went up to someone and asked if we could have someone come over. Finally, someone came. We asked again if we could be moved. No. Again, we are the only people sitting in this section. We ordered a bottle of wine and the waiter menu, nothing else. Another 20 minutes and the waiter finally came over with the wine. Now it's at least 40 minutes, that open table we saw was still open...we still hadn't gotten menus. After about another 15 minutes someone came over and asked us if we wanted to move into the main dining room. Finally! We did, and waited for them to bring our wine bottle as the waiter said he'd bring it, as we brought our own glasses. 15 more minutes and he didn't bring it. I got up, went to the table, took the bottle and another waiter saw me do this and he shook his head knowing they were not up to par. We finally got a menu and ordered. Well, to make a looooooong story short, we were there another 2 1/2 hours because it took so long for each course to come out of the kitchen. This was a horrible experience. While the food was ok (we had the Sunday pre-fix dinner) the portions were tiny. The food there wasn't any better at any other Greek restaurants we've been to. We would NEVER go back nor recommend it to anyone.

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                        1. re: synergy

                          I was invited to Milos a couple of weeks ago, this was my first visit. I highly highly appreciate the freshness of the food we had, but cmon the prices are complete robbery. It just doesn't make sense. I understand he ships in fresh fish from Greece and the Mediterranean but cmon. The one fish we had was really tender and grilled perfectly, the other was just 'ok' (which doesn't cut it for the price and was something that I could make at home). The Greek salad at I believe $25 was just highway robbery, sure the tomatoes were juicy and fresh but I found the feta subpar. The Milos Special with the fried zucchini and eggplant was fried nicely, but again cmon $18-20 for fried zucchini, with a tablespoon of tzatziki and a couple of small pieces of saganaki (which was not very good)? The Red Mullets were perfectly fried too, they were excellent. I guess if money is no object I would visit again.

                          1. re: ios94

                            I agree that the prices at Milos border on robbery, but I guess they have to account for some of the fresh fish that does not sell. I go to Milos for the sure things (oysters, tuna sashimi, octopus, and crabcakes) - as you said, and I agree, not everything is perfect at Milos. All of the things I go for are expensive too, but I would rather pay a bit more for stuff that I KNOW is going to be good. I have too often wasted money on restaurants that were highly-rated but failed to deliver.

                            Has anyone tried the soft-shell crab at Milos? I would appreciate feedback on it if so. Please, no suggestions that I try the one at PdC; I did, a couple of years ago, and it was horrible.