Last year, we watched Top Chef Canada which is a featured program on Food Network Canada. Last year when it was on, they had a competition throughout the series where some of the winning chefs dishes get features at Milestones. This year, we did the same and it was great! The menu for the Top Chef Canada feature this year wasn't really a "choice" option. It featured 1 appetizer, 1 main course and 1 dessert. Me being me, I ordered the entire meal, and started off with Tomato Gazpacho served with mini bacon, cucumber and tomato sandwich. It was pretty refreshing as it's a chilled soup with a mini sandwich!
We found ourselves at another Milestones, even though it's not our favourite chain of restaurants. We arrived to Milestone to try the featured menu inspired from Top Chef Canada! As we watch this show on Food Network Canada, we want to try everything we can!! Connie Desousa is a contestant on this show, as she works at Charcut - we went there and loved it! She won her appetizers of Pork Croquettes, and really wanted to try it! So, we did! The pork croquettes were really good, it was a pulled pork meatball, deep fried in crumbs -- which made it really crispy on the outside, and tender & juicy inside! The plate of appetizers comes with 4 croquettes, and I must say, one of them were much smaller than the other 3 - but the taste was there! These croquettes also sat on top of an onion ring which was a smart way to hoist it up! The onion rings weren't perfect, they weren't crispy, but they are onion rings, and I like them! Milestone's is also known for their steaks, and with that said, we had to try that also! We ordered Certified Angus Beef - Top Sirloin with black peppercorn sauce. The steak was really good, however, the side of garlic mashed potatoes was terrible. It was a giant mountain of dry and hard potatoes, as though it has been sitting there all day... The steak was perfectly cooked, but the piece of meat wasn't the best as it was rather tough. It was edible, and quite flavourful regardless! I stuck to the Top chef inspired menu, so I ordered Roasted Sablefish with Seaweed Gnocchi which is white fish marinated in a sake, soy and honey glaze, and then grilled. It was paired with seaweed and Yukon gold potato gnocchi. In the pool of gnocchi, there were green beans, tamarind, lemon grass and ginger broth. The sablefish was perfectly cooked, and I enjoyed it greatly! The gnocci wasn't soft and fluffy, but it was better than the garlic mashed potatoes! It was a nicely balanced dish. Strawberry Shortcake with Vanilla Whipped Cream is a shortcake in a muffin form, topped with a sweet lemon curd and piled with fresh strawberries. Finished off with a vanilla infused whipped cream! I love home made whipped cream, so that was immediately in the top running of my favourite course just reading! This was a really creative dessert as the shortcake muffin was split between top and bottom, and they placed the top on the bottom creating a base. The lemon curd was quite tart, but was wonderful with the vanilla whipped cream! It was a dessert that tasted quite light, even though the shortcake was over baked and dry.
We arrive to Milestone at Market Mall to celebrate my mom's birthday. It was nice, as the mall offers underground parking, which makes it really nice to go and enjoy a meal when it's not so nice outside. The environment was very upscale, and the food is decent. Between the 4 of us, we ordered very different dishes and had cajan shrimp diane, fettuccine, lamb sirloin and pacific coho. The Pacific Coho was really over cooked when it first arrived, and we did send it back to have a better cooked piece of fish. It was nice of the restaurant to be accommodating. Even though we were celebrating a birthday, we were too full to enjoy a dessert.