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Sep 14, 2013 06:19 PM

Milos-who is drinking the kool-aid?

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.

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  1. $150 for a lobster or $150 for your entire meal?

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    1. re: Worldwide Diner

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

      1. re: emma20

        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

          They weigh the lobster before cooking

        2. re: emma20

          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

            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

              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

                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

                  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

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

            1. re: Monica

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

        3. 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

            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

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

          2. 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

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


              2 Replies
              1. re: UES Mayor

                I prefer Urban Dictionary for things like that. Much more fun. Here's an example...

                1. re: Ziggy41

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

              2. "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.