While this may be the "in" spot in Montreal for Hollywood luminaries passing through town, this Parc Avenue institution's real secret to success is ... More
While this may be the "in" spot in Montreal for Hollywood luminaries passing through town, this Parc Avenue institution's real secret to success is the simply prepared fish and seafood, using only the best and freshest ingredients. The decor is traditional Greek and the ambience loud and boisterous. It doesn't take much to get the whole room up and dancing. The wine list is extensive, with prices in the mid-to-high range. Service is efficient if somewhat curt, and dinner for two, excluding wine or tip, runs between CAD80-100.
I don't make it a habit of writing articles about restaurants in any of the cities that I frequent but my travels take me everywhere and when someone is looking for the best seafood restaurant in the world Milos is the place. The food is simplistic yet the freshness is incredible. Milos is not a restaurant for everyone; if your budget only permits you "Red Lobster" type of quality Milos is not for you. So when you are fortunate enough to be in Montreal and are having a celebration make it special by dining at Milos.
We've been to Milos the past few years while visiting Montreal for the Grand Prix. A few years ago, it was an exceptional experience - great fresh fish, knowledgeable, old-world waitstaff, and a great atmosphere. This year (June 2007), it was different. The crowd was different (trendy, dressed in black) and the food was, well, OK. The waiters were kids and intent on pushing a great deal of expensive menu items. They had the snotty indifference of the old world waiters but none of the knowledge. The meal was over $500 with tip for two people – special Grand Prix pricing I’m sure, but never before had the restaurant gouged so much for so little.
Milos continues to provide a high level of service and food quality. This is the 4th time over a 7 year period that I have eaten at Milos. Each time has been a great experience. Friendly and prompt staff help at every step of the meal. Whatever requests I have had have either been granted or an interesting alternative has been offered. The fish of course has been great. Tonight I had excellent grilled octopus and St. Pierre fish. In the past I have had squid, sea bass and lobster. Many of the reviews talk about the expense of this restaurant. Yes, it is expensive. Yes, you can get the the same quality fish at other restaurants. What you are paying for is the overall experience of a sophisticated and highly adaptive restaurant. If you want the same thing prepared the same way every time this is not the place for you. If you like to have a say about what you are eating and how it is prepared Milos is for you.
If you compare dining to experiencing a symphony; Milos gives you the option to be a part of the creative process. It is like asking an accomplished conductor to add or remove emphasis or specific instruments to his interpretation of Bach's Goldberg Variations and having them incorporate it without a bat of an eye.
After receiving a call if we will be keeping our reservations for 5:30 pm, we arrived 15 minutes early only to be told to seat ourselves outside to wait or remain in the small entrance. At 5:35 pm the maitre'd said to wait another 5 min. till a meeting was over.Is that the way to treat a party of 5???
Should we not have been invited to sit at the bar for a cocktail to wait?
When finally at the table, service was extremely slow, food average and for the price of the entire meal, coffee served only once with the sugar and cream being removed from the table so we wouldn't ask for a second cup!!! (But we did and it was not well taken). How about that experience for a so called high class restaurant?! Very disappointing needless to say. We will never trust recommendations from the Gazette again nor listen when a famous socialite happens to dine there often. We will trust our own instincts and pay the price if it doesn't pan out.
Money = too expensive
Food = fish not cook well enough, salade was ok.
My experience is not very good. If I�m going to pay 340$$ for two people I would expect much more.
I think this restaurant is riding on there name that they got over the years when there wasn�t any good fish restaurant around witch is not the case now. I recommend you look around you can find much better for much cheaper!
Way over priced. Wine mark-ups are bordering on the ridiculous. Relying on it's past reputation and it's just not unique anymore. The old ambiance has been destroyed. The quality is barely still there. Not consistent.
How is this a four start restaurant??? Nice place . Food was not good oh and price ( i have no comment about that ) oh wait yes i do, OVERPRICED . Go across the street and any restaurants you find is better .
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