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2011 May 7
Headed to Milestone's for their 'Date Night' promo a couple weeks back, and were promptly greeted by 6 smiling teenage hostesses (+ 1 host) ready for the impending rush. We noticed that when we were seated, there was a card on the table with the exact time that we took our booth. Our waitress was persistent in asking for our orders every couple minutes, but we still didn't feel too rushed.

Seeing as everything was 2 for 1, we got 2 apps, which was more than enough. Our first choice was the Baked Goat Cheese & Slow-Roasted Garlic plate, which featured ciabatta toasts, 'naan' bread, cranberry relish, fig jam, roasted garlic, and an ample ball of goat cheese (coated in poppy seeds or something, I forget). It was all great, except the breads/toasts didn't quite taste fresh. The condiments were really nice, and the presentation was appealing.
The other app we ordered were the Yam Frites, accompanied by a chipotle mayo. An overwhelming 'meh' to these .. though there was a mountain of them, there wasn't much to them or the mayo. Fairly tasteless, but good to munch on anyway.

For mains, we both got burgers. Partner had the veg patty topped with four cheeses (ched, mozza, feta, goat). Said it was bang on. As was mine-- I had the beef patty topped with surprisingly generous helpings of avocado salsa and bacon. We really like the burgers here-- we both rated them as above average, and the toppings are plentiful and complementary. Only complaint for mine might have been salt-- I was reaching for water the whole time, but not totally sure if that was the reason.

With the discount, it was a great price -- at regular price, the meal would have come to $70. Even though the food was great, I'd rather take that kind of budget elsewhere.

But again-- for a chain, Milestone's always impresses me. It's easy to see they run a tight ship, but the product is great and well worth a visit every now and again.

2011 Apr 1
I have been to milestone in toronto and other places but not really high on my list of places to go in ottawa where I know some of the restaurant.

We were taking my mom out for her birthday and my sister and I were voting for brunch at chateau laurier or nac while my brother was voting for Milestone or dinner at the Keg..

We compromised on him host brunch at milestone and my sister and I host dinner at nac since it is a milestone birthday. He threatened to do brunch on a splinter group with his wife and we wanted to get together as a family..

Service was good but I was not that impressed with the quality of the food from the appetizers and the brunch dishes ordered. Potatoes were overcooked and so was my brother-in-law's steak which he sent back since it came welldone rather than the medium rare he requested. The so called prime rib hash was roast beef with gravy on mediocre potatoes... the eggs benedict seemed a better bet.

the little touches were missing. My dad is diabetic and the only sweetner offered is sweet and low which is the worst one of those available.. Splenda would only cost fractionally more and not that many people use sweetners so minimal costs if they actually stock equal and splenda as well as sweet and low to give customer choices..

2011 Apr 1
Dinner tonight: Great service but the food was just okay. The seasonal special lamb medallions were cooked perfectly, but SO tough and fatty. They were impossible to cut even with a steak knife, and were fairly tasteless. The accompanying mushroom risotto was nice but unexceptional, and the swiss chard in the vegetable side was seriously tough and undercooked. The butternut squash ravioli was also just okay, and though the individual components, esepecially the tomato sauce may have been tasty, the balance of flavours was not great, as the overwhelming taste was of goat cheese, to the detriment of everything else. As noted, the service was very efficient and friendly and things were very beautifully presented, but my expectations for the food were not so high and I guess they were met.

2011 Feb 19
This is one of my favourite chain restaurants. We frequent the Pinecrest location. I love the big, comfy booths. There are always new seasonal items on offer as well. I really like the fact that they'll split an entree for you, at no extra charge and with no fuss.

On our last visit, we each enjoyed a bowl of mushroom soup, drizzled with olive oil and garnished with garlic croutons. It was rich, velvety, and made me want to click my heels together under the table. Delish!

2010 Sep 17
Ate at the Rideau location, under Mayor Larry's apartment building.

Started with the bocconcini garlic bread, which was good. Not exactly what we were expecting in terms of format, but it was tasty and enough.

I had the butternut squash ravioli (with spiced pecan, goat cheese, and tomato sauce). I found the pasta way too soft and soggy, like it had been cooked at least 5 minutes too long. The filling was alright, nothing special. What saved the dish was the goat cheese.. there was plenty to go around and I had a bit with each bite. Overall it was a pretty average/boring dish, would try something else next time.

My friend had a veggie burger with the 4 cheese topping, and I have to say, Milestones makes a great veggie burger. The only giveaway that it was veggie was the texture.. the taste was bang on, and just what some vegetarians might want when a burger craving hits. The topping was more than enough.. four cheeses, stacked on top of one another.
The fries that came with it were ok.. but the burger was the real treat.

It was an overall decent experience there though, didn't feel so chain-like despite it being part of a large restaurant corp. I'd go back for a veg burger.

2010 Jun 1
We actually had a good meal here on the May long weekend. I had a difficult time finding a restaurant that was open for dinner on Victoria day. I didn't particularly want to go to the market and struck out on numerous places that I tried for resos.

I won't bother to describe the atmosphere as many are already familiar with the chain.

Service was reasonably good. Far better than my first visit where our server disappeared.

My boyfriend had some sort of Shanghai stir fry with chicken that was apparently very good. I always sort of cringe when people order stir fries in restaurants. My mom had the Kobe meatloaf which came with mashed potatoes and some sort of green beans. The dish was topped with a pile of onion strings. Surprisingly, she ate the whole thing less two green beans. She was quite impressed, however, it doesn't beat this meatloaf we had at an upscale restaurant in Fargo, North Dakota of all places.

I had the grilled seafood salad, which is what I had on my first visit to Milestones. I actually enjoyed it more the first time. This time around, the grilled salmon and shrimp seemed to have a heafty dusting of a cajun spice or something. I am allergic to chilies (not anaphylaxis, fortunately) and my mouth started to react after the first bite of salmon. There were simply cooked pieces of shrimp with no seasoning which I was able to eat and the salad itself was good.

I suppose I could have sent the salad back as there was no indication of spicing on the grilled seafood in the menu description, but I just opted to eat around it. I took the rest home and my boyfriend ate it as his evening snack but even he commented the spice factor was a bit much for him.

I forgot that I mentioned in the reservation that it was a belated birthday dinner for my mom- her birthday was the week before but she was at home in Manitoba. The restaurant nicely brought a dessert of cookies and vanilla bean ice cream.

Those who are into Corona and patios, they have Coronas on for $3.50 Mondays.

2010 Apr 5
I've been to Milestones many times, and for the most part, each was a good experience.

This somewhat upscale and hip eatery marries cuisines and creates the most delicious fusion food. I've tasted many dishes at this restaurant and can honestly say that I've never been disappointed.

On my most recent visit, my fellow diner had the lunch special which consisted of a lunch-size portion of Butternut squash soup and Ceasar salad and a half Chicken Spinach Asiago sandwich on Italian Ciabatta.

I had the Vegetarian Thai Noodle Salad and added chicken to it. The salad was made up of fresh chopped greens and oriental noodles stacked with artichokes, sliced mushrooms, shredded carrots, spicy house-made avocado and papaya salsas, feta, honey-mustard vinaigrette.

The Vegetarian Thai Noodle Salad and the Ceasar Salad are my two all-time favorite dishes. The Vegetarian Thai Noodle Salad is like a flavour roller coaster because every bite tastes different depending on where you stuck your fork on your plate. The salad is not mixed so there are heaps of delicious stuff atop the greens and noodles and each bite is therefore unique. It`s also very filling.

The lunch trio offers the perfect amount of each dish. The soup had a strong curry flavour. The salad, as usual, had plump roasted garlic cloves. The fresh Ciabatta bread was soft and chewy and the ratio bread-sandwich-filling was great. The trio is also very filling.

The prices are reasonable except for the chicken I added to my salad which rang in at 4.99. That was definitely not a $5 piece of chicken - tasty but very well-done and small!

2010 Mar 20
Nidecker's comments remind me of a conversation I had with someone on Twitter after my last outing at Milestone's.

The gist of it was that my expectations shouldn't be so high for a company that also makes airplane dinners: www.cara.com/

2010 Mar 20
Ate with friends at Milestone's shortly after it opened and was SHOCKED at the prices for what is basically a glorified road-house menu. The food was edible, but definitely not for the prices they're charging. Nothing on the menu sticks out, although my friends do often get the bellinis.

Service has been good for the most part, however once, when sitting on the patio with friends and their infant daughter, the young one made a mess under her high chair with food and when my friend apologized to the server she was annoyed and made a deep sigh. A bit dramatic for some croutons which were thrown on the floor. Haven't been back since that episode.

2010 Jan 5
I ordered the pesto cream penne for takeout and it was pretty good. I wish the sauce was a little thicker that it actually coated the penne properly.

Really expensive though and not enough pasta. I have lots of chicken leftover which I am not sure what to make with it.

OF course will return, but may not order this particular dish for a take-out.


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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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