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Model Milk - Calgary

Does anyone know if it is opening soon?

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    1. Opened 3 days ago. The room is great reminds me of nopa in San Francisco. Open kitchen high ceilings mezzanine. Kitchen still working on executing against the ambitious menu but overall did a good job with potential to be great. I tried the calamari and the walleye both good and i think they will get better with practice. Good wine pairings. Service was enthusiastic and professional. Looking forward to another visit to try the steelhead confit and burger. Happy that they are finally open.

      1. Went in yesterday. It looks beautiful! Concord Group did a great job with this one.

        Can't wait to try out their menu. Lovely open kitchen design and there is also a nice private dining space as well.

        Any other menu or drink recommendations?

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        1. re: summersupper

          Where is it exactly? What's on the menu. I went to website. Very very vague.

          1. re: TSAW

            I agree that Model Milk has little info on it's website. The website is still being developed. It appears to be concentrating on local ingredients and simple but good preparation. I'm not able to determine what cuisine they are concentrating on, if any.

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            Model Milk
            308 17 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2G 1P3, CA

            1. re: TSAW

              I found this link to the Avenue article regarding Model Milk.

              http://www.avenuecalgary.com/articles...

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              Model Milk
              308 17 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2G 1P3, CA

              1. re: Booques

                This appears to be in the old Victoria's space. I think.

          2. The menu isn't online- did you notice if they had a vegetarian option on the menu (even just one!)?

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            1. re: Jetgirly

              They have a very small menu, 8 apps ("small items") $11 to $15 including 2 vegetarian (heirloom tomato salad and butter lettuce salad) plus oysters 6 for $15 and 12 for $30. 7 mains ("large items") in the mid-$20 with a $17 burger. Mains were fish, pork, beef and chicken. No vegetarian mains. Basket of artisan bread ($4) and fries ($6) would be vegetarian. I didn't look at desserts, but I'd imagine they are all vegetarian.

              So not much, but the menu looks like it's set up to change quite often. I'm not vegetarian and I thought everything was really good but a little pricey for what you got. Wine starts at $45, and the glasses are 5 oz pours starting at $9. It's a very large space, in the west part of the building where the nightclub was, not the east part where Victoria's was, and done up very nicely with a new mezzanine and open kitchen.

              1. re: hsk

                Thanks for the info! I saw someone on Facebook had asked the same thing AND a vegan had chimed in, so I was following the thread. Then the Model Milk guys just deleted it! It was disappointing to find their menu wasn't online AND they couldn't just come out and say, "Nope, we don't have a vegetarian entree". Sadly, it's gone from a place I was actually hoping to try this Saturday to one I'm going to actively avoid (and one that I now won't recommend to all my omnivore friends!).

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                Model Milk
                308 17 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2G 1P3, CA

                1. re: Jetgirly

                  I think that's a little harsh - your omnivore friends would likely really enjoy trying it out, the food was really good.

                  I think if the demand is there a chef-driven place will offer a vegetarian entree even if there wasn't one when they opened (CHARCUT comes to mind). The menu is a half sheet of paper clipped to a board, it looks like it would change often.

                  1. re: hsk

                    Then it would have been appropriate for the staff to reply saying, "We don't have anything vegetarian on the menu at the moment, but check back in a week or two when we change it up!" Or, "Nothing vegetarian on this week's menu, but follow our Twitter feed to see when we add something!" I messaged the person who made the post (kind of a memorable name!) and she said they didn't contact her- they just deleted her question. I think that's bad customer service.

                    1. re: Jetgirly

                      I would agree unless there was something truly objectionable in it, and it sounds like there wasn't. What a pity. Well, I was planning to go back to Charcut anyway.

                      1. re: AriaDream

                        She was talking about Model Milk not Charcut.

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                        Model Milk
                        308 17 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2G 1P3, CA

            2. I'm planning on visiting Model Milk in two weeks, along with two friends. I saw on their FB page that they only take reservations for parties of 6 or more. My question is for those who have been there on a Friday night, is it ridiculously busy? If we show up around 6, will the wait time be ridiculous? Thanks!

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              Model Milk
              308 17 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2G 1P3, CA

              1. Went in! Loved it! Had 4 apps or "small plates" - Manchego cheese fries, shrimp and grits with ham hock, shaved veal on toast with bacon, calamari fricassee with edamame beans- all wonderful. I will say there wasn't much happening for vegeterians on this menu but I'm not a vegeterian. It was also quite pork heavy but fortunately I LOVE PORK! (Probably half the dishes involved some kind of pork.) The suggested Canadian Chardonnay called Laughing Stock was great and the service was friendly and fast. This was a GREAT, GREAT meal! I will be back!

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                1. re: jsfoodchat

                  I've been a couple times. The space is awesome and I've had great service. I've tried a lot of the different app's and side dishes, most of which are pretty darn good. I also enjoyed their burger which is topped with mushrooms and melted cheese curds if I recall correctly.

                  I haven't had much luck with the mains unfortunately. I ordered the sous-vide steak entree and the meat was cooked extremely rare and was very chewy. I don't remember what kind of veg accompanied the steak but I do recall being less than impressed. I tried my friend's sausage wrapped pork dish which was over-smoked, over salted, and basically tasted like it was made without any of the finesse I would expect from a professional chef. (I love real BBQ and plenty of salt for the record) Lastly, I sampled the chicken entree which sounded good on paper but was very mediocre on the plate. I'm hoping they've tuned up these dishes a bit by now.

                  Overall it's definitely a cool place worth trying. I liked everything but the actual entrees unfortunately. When I go back it will be for drinks and a big selection of their smaller plates.

                  1. re: johnjohnson78

                    The review from johnjohnson78 summed basically described my experience at Model Milk. I really like the design and feel of the room; felt it was a brilliant use of the old space. The appetizers we shared were great, especially the shrimp and grits. The smoked veal on toast with taleggio cheese however, was overly salty and the dish itself didn't make sense to me. Version of a beef dip? Not exactly sure of the intention of this dish. As mentioned by many others, Calamari Fricassee was excellent. The main courses, of which we tried 2, were disappointing. The chicken was prepared en sous vide, in an immersion cooker, which made the meat incredibly tender, but the skin was not crisped properly afterward, and the chicken lacked seasoning. The rest of the dish was a soggy mess, really. Limp mushrooms, bacon, chard or kale, and shredded meat of some kind....possibly chicken thigh meat? all pooled together on the bottom of the plate in a sauce that was watery and grey. The lamb was tasty but consensus was that too much was going on in this dish. Too many creamy elements, and a chickpea puree on the bottom...halfway through, all the sauces had basically melted together. The Q water on tap was warm. Service was great, and overall I enjoyed myself.