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2009 May 8
Despite the fact that I generally loathe chains, I must admit with a little embarrassment that Milestones is one of the very few restaurants that breaks that rule of mine.

Lately, I've found myself quite addicted to a few particularly scrumptious items on their menu. First off is the California spring salad. Salads in general I tend to find quite disappointing, but when I first ordered it several weeks ago, the health-conscious (and usually more easily suppressed) facet of foodie-me felt like doing something good for a change. As it turns out, this may well be the best salad that I've had the pleasure of eating: the strawberries, the poppy-seed encrusted goat cheese, and the glazed pecans combine to make each bite a little nibble of vitamin-rich bliss. The value here, too, is stellar: the size of the side salad portion is extremely generous and very reasonably priced.

This brings us to my next "course", and the menu item that had initially grabbed my eye and tempted to me visit Milestones in the first place, namely the "wicked Kobe beef sliders". Clearly, the beef is not Kobe and I'm not sure why they claim that it is. (Anyone have any ideas?) Perhaps it's some kind of wagyu, but given the reasonable price ($10 for three sliders, I believe), I'm doubtful. In any case, the meat, while small portioned, and the flavours of the cheese, the onion strips, and the mustard dipping sauce perfectly sing together without anyone overwhelming any of the others. These burgers haunt my dreams at night and beckon to me. Definitely the highlight of the meal, along with the aforementioned rapture-inducing salad.

I've flirted with a few options, trying to find the perfect third dish to accompany the other two, as I find that I want just a little more diversity in my meal than two items offer. Here's where I haven't had much luck, unfortunately. On my first visit, I opted for fries, which was a huge mistake. I'm not sure what Milestones does, but these were quite possibly the fries I've liked the least in my life: they felt extremely dense, were lacking in flavour, and despite being deep-fried, seemed to somehow evade that delicious taste that can only be achieved through the application of an overabundance of hot oil that makes virtually anything taste amazing. I'm not sure what could be done to rectify this: I suspect that a change in the variety of potato used might be necessary, although without more information, I'm not sure where they're going wrong.

Generally, what I now do instead is order the "Baked Goat Cheese & Slow-Roasted Garlic Flatbread Plate". It's not the most exciting thing that I've put in my mouth, but the cranberry relish is divine and accompanies the garlic and pita perfectly. Again, excellent value for the price.

I'm heading there tomorrow for the fourth time in three weeks, and I'm just as excited as I was the first time.

2009 May 3
Ate at the Rideau Street location for my going-away party on Friday at lunch. I had a bellini, which was absolutely delicious, and a beef dip sandwich which was really good, but not quite enough beef and too much bread.

My coworkers had a variety of dishes (there were six of us in total) and everyone seemed to enjoy their food and drinks. The thai drumettes were particularly good and spicy, but a bit overbredded. Overall, I would go back if I was part of a large crowd and needed to please everyone.

2009 Apr 22
Ate at the Ikea loc'n on the weekend and on another occasion several months ago (and numerous times in Vancouver). No indictment on your review, Sweets -- mine is from the perspective of a vegetarian and i'm on a bit of rant mode this week! No reflection on what's happening w/ other parts of their menu. And, i agree -- any chain making their own caramel sauce has something going for it.

Preamble done with, Milestones, pls improve that gawdfersaking Grilled Portebello Mushroom sandwich you charge $11 for (at lunch, no less). The description is enticing: "With spinach, goat cheese, pomegranate molasses, red pepper, fresh basil. Crafted with our wonderful hearth baked, traditional Italian Ciabatta bread."

Pros: As Sweets suggests, a bit of goat cheese goes a long way. Also, the pomegranate infused molasses adds interest.

Cons: The shroom was tiny and less than warm (suggesting heat lamp), there were tiny bits of spinach and peppers, and the Ciabatta was beginning to stale (further heat lamp evidence). I think there was also mayonaisse spread on the bun (not requested, not in the menu desc.).

Other cons: SO's chicken something was much better (according to her). Sucks (for me), so I stole her potatoes to fill up.

It was pretty busy Sat'y aft, so i find it hard to blame anyone-except it is $11 (includes a tiny salad).

Nostalgia may be an influencing factor, but i recall the Vancouver chains (where MS originates) to have been much better on their veggie fare.

2009 Apr 21
I have an obsession that I must share and it is the Kobe Beef Sliders at Milestones. They are presented as an appetizer, 3 to a plate and are about the size of you palm, perfect for sharing. The beef is so succulent and moist (probably from being simmered in "roasted garlic au jus". These mini burgers are topped with a little mozzarella and
crispy onion strings. The best part is that they come with a tangy mustard sauce, that has a splash of basil oil and toasted sesames. I am telling you they are worth a trip! I also recently tried the white chocolate cheesecake, except I got it with the house-made caramel sauce instead of the coffee cream and I was not disappointed. I really can't believe a chain restaurant is making their own caramel sauce, and having it taste like it came out of Anna Olson's kitchen!
I also has the chicken with goat cheese and found it pretty good, but then again you can put goat cheese on pretty much anything and I'll be happy.

2008 Mar 1
For a chain, this place is pretty good! They have an interesting menu that they switch up a bit every season. The atmosphere is stylish and relaxed - good for girls' nights. And that bellini - DELISH! Not spectacular or anything, but overall not bad. I do wish they had a more varied and extensive menu of appetizers.

2008 Jan 25
Ladies night spent at Milestones in the Pinecrest location. At 6:30PM, the place was already packed.

Every time my colleagues need to have business meeting or they need to bring out-of-town customers to dine, they always took them to Milestones. So, I really wanted to find out why Milestones is so attrative to them.

As FiH indicates below, the ambiance is hip and stylist. Decor is quite trendy. A good place to have good conversation with friends although one may find it loud.

Our server was very good (attentive but not intrusive). The food was okay. Typical chain restaurant food that was expected (i.e., don't expect phenomenal food here). However, we still had a good time because of the service and environment.

Five of us split the bill and it came to $33 per person.

P.S. Shown in the photo is their Shanghai Noodle Stirfry that one of my lady friends ordered (pan-fried noodles with red peppers, shiitake mushrooms and bean sprouts; topped with steamed Asian greeens and grilled chicken). If you look at the food photos I took below, the menu has many dishes with grilled chicken or red corn tortilla chips. I guess this has been well thought by the kitchen management to increase kitchen efficiency. Typical franchise operation. Agree?

2007 Dec 9
Went to the market location for brunch today. I had the Strawberry French Toast. Came with Agave syrup and mango cream. The agave syrup tasted just like corn syrup and the mango cream was very subtle. I didn't mind the mango cream since I didn't want it to interfere with the strawberries but was a little disappointed in the agave syrup due to high expectation. The french toast was made from baguette which I loved! But I would have liked more strawberries.

Now the BEST dish was the Prime Rib Hash my wife ordered. The prime rib was mixed with the hash browns, corn, onion, red peppers, and tomatoes on the side. The seasoning was tasty - a perfect balance of sweet and sour. My wife ate the eggs with hollandaise and the baguette with herb butter so can't comment on those. This was definitely a hefty tasty dish. I'LL BE GOING BACK FOR THIS.

Our friend ordered the Joe's special. The beef wasn't seasoned enough and I didn't see the chipotle catsup on her plate. Maybe she gobbled it up.

2007 Nov 20
I went to Milestones for lunch today for my first meal at this establishment. I ordered chicken with a portobello mushroom sauce that tasted like it had an entire bottle of soy sauce in it and very salty. The noodles, veggies, and chicken were cooked just right but there was far too much salt in the sauce. I also felt it was waaaay overpriced for lunch. I also had a Miami Ice with my meal - iced tea with mango puree and mint - and it was delicious. I'll bet it would taste even better during the hot days of summer. As for the food I wouldn't rush back perhaps only with a group and as someone elses choice.

2007 Nov 12
We have been to Milestones at Pincrest and the Queensway about 4 times now and each time we have had a very tasty meal.

Our steaks have always been perfectly done and their Calamari is probably the best I have ever had. We enjoy the ambiance and it is a great place to go with friends as they can accomodate fairly large groups.

From time to time the service can be slow but they are generally aware of the fact and are quick to offer their appologies and will also offer you a desert on the house (if you can find room for one after one of their meals!)

2007 Oct 10
I agree with other comments, particularly the one comment of "lackluster". The appetizer that we started with was enjoyable - pitas with goat cheese, roasted garlic and three types of relish. The main dishes were nothing to scream about - my husband had the Kobe Meatloaf, which was decent, and I had the smoked ribs. While I liked the Meatloaf, the ribs were WAY too dry.

We ended off with the key lime pie which we enjoyed, just the right amount of sour, with a nice crumbly crust. AT $6.99, though, that is expensive for what you get. Next time we'll remember to bring the camera for some pics!

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2013 Apr 22
I hope I don't loose a foodie star, but Milestones was a great brunch choice, even though I tend to avoid the corporate chains. We choose it because it has a gluten free menu, and my wife had the red curry chicken. Many of their mains can be made gluten free, and our server had some great suggestions, such as eggs benedict made with the gluten free burger buns.

I had the california benedict, which is eggs benedict with grilled shrimp and guac. It was really good. It also came with roasted potatoes, topped with a chili jam. The chili jam was awesome.

The kids menu offerings were an incredible deal, 8.99 which included mains, drink and desserts. The mains were so large, they fed the kids for supper too.

This was a great place for our family, as it was kid friendly, the food was really good, and very celiac friendly.


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2013 Dec 15
Every time I head to Milestones, I have to have a Bellini. It's my default drink option here. It's so tasty!

2007 Sep 14
So good! I love bellini's and this one is really delicious! I usually order it with the extra shot (choice of raspberry vodka or pineapple rum...I go with the vodka because it has a higher alcohol content therefore you get more for your money) but I don't mix it in I just drink it as a shooter. Much cheaper than actually ordering a shooter and I can't resist a good deal. ;) I love the little drink animals too!

2007 May 25
...and I should mention that this "drink" is so good that guys should order it too. Who cares if people look at you funny -- it's delicious!

Fishbowl-sized, eh? Hmmm.... wow.

2007 May 25
Also comes in a fishbowl size...ie a real fishbowl :D
lol


...darn i can't seem to find my picture of mine from last summer. oh well, google it. :)

2007 May 22
The famous Bellini!! DELISH! Perfect for the patio on a hot day.

"A frozen blend of premium white rum, peach liqueur and champagne, topped with Boone's sangria."




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2007 May 22
I know another review on this dish here wasn't all that great but I quite enjoyed it. Simple, not a lot of sauce and I love any kind of nuts with pasta. The rosemary/garlic foccacia (spelling?) that came with was yummy...but then again, I love fresh rosemary so this was a win win for me.




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2007 Sep 14
This is a delicious slice of cheesecake.
I believe it's vanilla bean cheesecake with coffee creme anglaise or something like that (don't quote me on it). Our server suggested we try it with their homemade butterscotch sauce and brought us a little dish of it to pour on. Heaven!



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2007 Sep 26
They have Kobe Meatloaf here. At ~$20 I'm not sure whether it was actually "Kobe", or just American Wagyu. A satisfying portion but no better than any other meatloaf I've tried in my life.




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2008 Jan 25
This was the chocolate ganache torte. Very rich, but not bad at all. The crust was very delicious. If you like dark chocolate and a cookie crumb crust, then you’ll love this.




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2008 Jan 25
Me and another girl friend ordered their roasted garlic caesar (dinner portion) with additional grilled chicken breast. Their so-called signature Caesar dressing was okay. (I gave 2.8 stars out of 5). Again, good portion and I had hard time to finish it as well.

P.S. The two crostinis included in the salad (put on the side) were not fresh at all. We only had one bite.




2008 Jan 25
Two girl friends ordered their grilled chicken salad (chicken breast, red corn tortilla strips, cilantro, tossed with honey-lime peanut vinaigrette and peanut sauce). The portion was huge and one girl friend can't finish it.



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2014 Oct 6
The Korean Style Sticky Ribs were tasty and quite generous in portion. I'd totally get these again. 12 bones for 10 tasty little bones.

The Poblano Soup had a nasty bitter taste and not much else. The Margarita was way overpriced for one made with bar lime. Stick to the Bellini and a handful of tasty appetizers...

2013 Dec 15
Roasted red pepper and tomato bisque. It was topped with coupons with parmesan (I think, the bellini was starting to take effect). The soup had a great texture and flavour, I was quite impressed since it was the "soup of the day".

2013 Dec 15
Thursday before last I had the opportunity to try the Milestones at Rideau and Sussex. I had the spinach dip and the soup of the day (roasted red pepper and tomato bisque with cheesy croutons). I love love love their spinach dip. It was cheesy, creamy goodness. Nice and savoury. I have a feeling I am going to crave this constantly.

2008 Jul 14
The South East Asian Chicken Skewers with Trio of Dipping Sauces (Kobe mustard, cool mango vinaigrette, sweet citrus cilantro sauce ) were reasonably tasty. Not as good as those spicy thai drummettes though. I kept switching through the sauces, trying to find one I really liked. Too bad because southeast asian flavours can be so great.

We also had the Hot Spinach & Artichoke Dip that Ashley shows in her review. Very nice indeed!

2008 Jul 13
The Spicy Thai Chicken Drummettes are really very good. Tasty and satisfying, served in a pool of peanut sauce (hidden in this admittedly bad picture) with a bowl of sesame-cucumber mayo.

I think I said before that the appies are good here -- better than the mains. I still stand by that. A great place for a drink and a few small plates!

2008 Jan 26
I also ordered the roasted corn & potato chowder. A very rich and creamy soup with red corn tortilla strips, ancho chile, cheddar, sour cream (see the photo).


2008 Jan 25
We ordered two appetizers to start. This was their famous spinach & artichoke dip with red tortilla chips. Good finger food to go with our drink (POM juice, ice tea) before our meal. But nothing special.

P.S. All the ladies are monitoring our weight carefully as our New Year resolution.

2008 Jan 25
This was their calamari with andouille sausage that we ordered to share. Taste was okay.




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