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Milos-who is drinking the kool-aid?

emma20 Sep 14, 2013 06:19 PM

I was very disappointed by a recent dinner at Milos. I knew going in it was very expensive. The appetizers we ordered were very good-spreads, fava puree and octopus - but I don't know how they can justify charging $25 for dips. Is it 4x better than the tzatziki anywhere else? No.

So the fish is flown in daily from Greece - well that doesn't do anything if it's overcooked! The flavor of the black sea bass was good, but it was a bit dry. What a shame! And the lobster salad.. this one makes me slightly angry. For $150 total, there was a surprisingly small amount of meat - and the meat itself was rubbery and chewy. Just not good at all! For that amount of money, I want it to be the best lobster I've ever had, and it definitely wasn't.

  1. w
    Worldwide Diner Sep 14, 2013 06:25 PM

    $150 for a lobster or $150 for your entire meal?

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    1. re: Worldwide Diner
      emma20 Sep 14, 2013 06:29 PM

      $150 just for the lobster salad. It's listed at $48/lb.

      1. re: emma20
        Ziggy41 Sep 14, 2013 07:41 PM

        That means you had 3 pounds of lobster in there which is the equivalent of about 12-15 lobsters.

        Their octopus is very good.

        1. re: Ziggy41
          Ttrockwood Sep 14, 2013 09:17 PM

          They weigh the lobster before cooking

        2. re: emma20
          Ttrockwood Sep 14, 2013 09:20 PM

          Older larger lobsters are often more "chewy" and tough than the 1lb or so, even when cooked right. Not to discount your outrage at the price, but in the future the smaller more tender ones are what you want.

          1. re: Ttrockwood
            emma20 Sep 16, 2013 05:23 AM

            i'm unclear if it was 1 very large lobster (as was presented on the plate) or comprised of several smaller ones. however i was told by someone who is much more knowledgable about cooking that it's very difficult for lobster to be tender by grilling it. anyhow, i would not recommend this dish.

            i've never been before and don't think i'd go back...

            1. re: emma20
              porker Sep 16, 2013 08:11 AM

              Many places would par-boil the beast to cook, then grill briefly for flavor...
              but still $150 for a salad, yikes.
              Was it a Maine lobster or a spiny lobster flown out of the Med?

              1. re: porker
                emma20 Sep 16, 2013 05:17 PM

                you know, i didn't ask but i assume it was from the mediterranean. i wouldn't be complaining if it was fantastic at $150, but it was really subpar!

                1. re: emma20
                  porker Sep 17, 2013 04:13 AM

                  Reminds me of Pulp Fiction when Jules and Vincent are talking about pigs, comparing them to a dogs, etc etc;
                  to paraphrase, at $150, well we'd have to be talkin' about one charming motherfuckin' lobster...

          2. re: emma20
            Monica Sep 16, 2013 04:54 AM

            Isn't lobster very cheap these days? Cheaper than some parts of pork cheap??

            1. re: Monica
              Ziggy41 Sep 16, 2013 05:06 AM

              Yep. But in order to maintain the luxury status they need to keep it expensive

        3. u
          UES Mayor Sep 16, 2013 03:50 AM

          Have you dined at Milos before? I ask because I was wondering if previous experience was similar. Milos is by far one of my favorite NYC restaurants. It is simple clean food-extremely fresh and in a beautiful atmosphere perfect for celebrations.

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          1. re: UES Mayor
            Ziggy41 Sep 16, 2013 04:06 AM

            I took a group to the Vegas location for the 20.13 lunch. One of the best deals in town tho I hear they'll raise it to 20.14 next year. The best octopus I've had outside of Portugal

            1. re: Ziggy41
              porker Sep 16, 2013 04:12 AM

              "tho I hear they'll raise it to 20.14 next year"
              -rampant inflation I tells ya.

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            comiendosiempre Sep 17, 2013 05:51 PM

            I have not been in a few years but: have always had a good meal there. And it has always been way expensive (likely why I have not been back). Having said that: they had one of the best crab cakes I have ever had, and I've had a lot of crab cakes.

            Its unfortunate your experience was poor. They recently opened in Miami and I understand they are doing a good business there.

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            1. re: comiendosiempre
              porker Sep 17, 2013 08:24 PM

              I occasionally hit up their flagship restaurant in Montreal (like once a year on a special occasion).
              I too had one of the best crab cakes of my life and returned about a year later, on my birthday, salivating for that cake.
              Of course they were out................
              but they DID have soft shell crab.
              I was picturing it, a light hand-dusting of scantly seasoned flour, pan-fried in extra virgin, imported olive oil until just done.... exquisite.
              What I got was a big, clunky, deep-fried-in-batter thing resembling a McDonalds fillet-o-fish and tasting like the inside of a Nova Scotia fisherman's boot.
              I was not impressed (although I did see Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chrétien dining there. I wanted to yell over "Hey, PM, DO NOT order the softshell crab!" but Mrs. Porker kicked me so hard I thought my shin was going to fall outta my pant leg).

            2. u
              UES Mayor Sep 18, 2013 03:56 AM

              I just had to google-might be tmi for some-re-who is drinking the kool-aid.


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              1. re: UES Mayor
                Ziggy41 Sep 18, 2013 05:23 AM

                I prefer Urban Dictionary for things like that. Much more fun. Here's an example... http://www.urbandictionary.com/define...

                1. re: Ziggy41
                  Monica Sep 18, 2013 06:29 AM

                  lol, I had a good laugh on the bus this morning.

              2. Gastronomos Sep 18, 2013 10:51 AM

                "So the fish is flown in daily from Greece"

                I've not been pleased with Milos. Ever. Price isn't even the issue. What you pointed out as your "meal" is.

                The fish is flown in from many parts of the world, not just Greece. And "daily" is a bit of a stretch...
                If they had "Red Mullet" it most likely came from the coast of Portugal in the Atlantic, not the Mediterranean. And most of the fish is farm raised in various parts of the world. The black sea bass may have been the one local fish you mentioned.

                What's sad is that this place bills itself as serving Greek Cuisine. Serving those in search of that one perfectly grilled fish, served simple, simple, simple.

                They still manage to land a 'tzatziki' with zucchini chips on every table??? It was over $20 last I saw that monstrosity in front of me.
                "Is it 4x better than the tzatziki anywhere else? No."
                I've not had a worse representation of tzatziki anywhere. And I hold Milos responsible for the bad renditions of overly thick, over strained "yogurt" concoctions that are served as "tzatziki" today in way too many places that bill themselves as "Greek", when they only serve grilled fish on a cold plate and a feta topped lettuce salad in a hot bowl.

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