It is somewhat embarrassing to admit this but I had two bellinis before dinner last week at the Milestones located at Dundas Square. Yeah TWO bellinis. This is what I get for arriving way too early, I mean what else is there to do besides downing cocktails? Speaking of cocktails there's word on the street that Milestones (Twitter: @MilestonesCa, Facebook: Milestones) is in the process of revamping their cocktail menu to include classic cocktails such as the Old Fashioned and the Moscow Mule. I'm so excited about this! *GASP* I foresee myself cheating on the bellini...
MILESTONES' ORIGINAL BELLINI
A frozen blend of premium white rum, peach liqueur, sparkling white wine, topped with Boone's Sangria
Along with our cocktails we were served these beautiful canapes:
CHEFS CHOICE CANAPES
Prime rib adobo poutine with smoked gouda*
Gouger of cheddar and poached egg mousseline in puff pastry
Atlantic smoked salmon rosette with tarragon goats cheese and fried capers
Wild mushroom and truffle bruschetta on parmesan cracker
Chorizo and mozzarella fritters with smoked paprika aioli*
*Available on Milestones' Homestyle Chefs’ Menu
After cocktails and apps we were ready for dinner! Below is chef Jason Rosso (@jasonrosso) giving us a brief intro about the new Milestones' Homestyle Chefs' Menu (he also came out in between courses to explain each dish).
Below is a look at the Milestones' Homestyle Chefs' Menu tasting. Wine pairings were provided by Constellation Brands.
MINIATURE WEDGE SALAD
Iceberg lettuce, double-smoked bacon, fresh tomatoes, Gorgonzola buttermilk, dressing with maple bacon and fresh mint
Pairing: Le Clos Jordanne Village Reserve Chardonnay, 2010, VQA Niagara, ON
WINTER ROOT VEGETABLE SALAD
Roasted root vegetables with brown butter, vinaigrette, barley, sweet dried cranberries, spicy pecans and feta cheese
Pairing: Kim Crawford Pinot Gris, 2013 Malborough, New Zealand
Slow cooked shrimp, mussels, salmon, chicken, chorizo sausage on basmati rice
Pairing: Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc, 2013, Malborough, New Zealand
BUTTER CHICKEN RISOTTO
Sample portion of Arborio rice and southern Indian butter chicken sauce
Pairing: The Dreaming Tree Chardonnay, 2012, North Coast, California
TRUFFLED TENDERLOIN MEDALLIONS
Truffle buttermilk mashed potatoes, Gorgonzola peppercorn sauce
Pairing: The Dreaming Tree Crush, 2012, North Coast California
CRISPY BANANA CREAM PIE
Caramelized bananas, banana cream and warm nutella sauce
Another excellent menu by chef Rosso. I particularly loved the Winter Root Vegetable Salad as it had a fantastic combination of flavours. The hint of sweetness from the brown butter, the tang from the cranberries and the spiced crunchy pecans worked really well together. The soft roasted root vegetables mixed in with a bit of barley also gave this tasty salad great texture. Even though Rosso departed from the Southeast / East Asia flavours since his Summer Chefs' Menu and Inspired Chefs' Menu, I still really enjoyed his Valencia Style Paella and Butter Chicken Risotto. And if you are a fan of truffle (uh..who isn't?) do yourself a favour and try the Beef Tenderloin - the aroma from the truffle infused garlic mashed potatoes is just divine. As for dessert I'm hoping to see the Crispy Banana Cream Pie on the menu soon! Those thin layers of crispy phyllo pastry? Wow. Coupled with caramelized sliced bananas, banana cream and nutella, it is simply a very delicious dessert and one that I would order again and again.
Below is a quick video chef Rosso in action making his Valencia Style Paella. Check it out!
*Other than the crispy banana cream pie, everything in the tasting menu is now available at all Milestones locations. Please note that the portion & presentation of the dishes on my post are not indicative of the actual dishes you will see at Milestones since this was only a tasting*
*This meal was complimentary. The opinions and views expressed on this post are my own*