A couple weeks ago, I was invited to try out Milestones’ Summer Chef Menu Tasting at the Milestones Crossroads (located at Broadway and Cambie). It’s no secret that my dad and I enjoy Milestones frequently – my dad absolutely loves their burgers there. I thought of no better person to accompany me to this tasting than him! “Is this what you do all the time? Because if it is, you should invite me more.” – I wish, dad!

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Chef Rosso and the culinary team has spent the past 9 months creating, testing and launching 15 new menu items with additional items coming soon. He has also spent time teaching and training all Milestones teams from here to the East Coast.

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As much as I love their burgers and brunch at Milestones, its fantastic to see them keep up and try new ways to infuse fresh selections into their menus.

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To start off the evening, we were served some canapΓ©s and drinks. I just had to ask for my favourite drink here – the Bellini. The best place in town for one, hands down.

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Our first course was the Crispy Quinoa Shrimp served with Chimichurri aioli and vegetable slaw. I liked the creativity of using quinoa as the batter, it provided a definite crunch to the dish.

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The Chimichurri aioli really helps flavour the shrimp and the slaw just brightens up the flavour.

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Our next dish is the Panko Blue Crab Cakes served with fennel and arugula salad and chipotle aioli.

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I’d like to note that the crab cakes are 100% blue crab, without any filler to it. It’s nice to see more and more places offer it. Again, the aioli with chipotle gave the crab cakes quite the punch and was the reason I enjoyed this dish.

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Next up, the Spicy Thai Basil Stirfry. Chef Rosso explains that he was inspired by a trip to Thailand and seeing a chef cook it by the road every day, simply and delicious. This dish mirrors the simplicity and delicious, fragrant flavours found in Thai cuisine. I really enjoyed the under tones of coconut in this dish. Also don’t forget to squeeze the lime into your dish and eat the basil!

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The next dish: Grilled Japanese Tuna Tataki, again served with the fennel and arugula salad and mandarin dressing. I absolutely love tuna tataki and I like the way it was served here. Simply because the mandarin dressing had a sweet-citrus flavour to it that complimented the fish well.

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Finally the main event, “Surf and Turf”. This is a duo of grilled flat iron steak and lobster fricassee. This was definitely my favourite dish of the evening and beautifully plated. The steak was nice and tender and the lobster complimented it with it’s creamy sauce.

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The highlight of the plate for me personally was the lobster mash – which apparently you can upgrade to anytime. This isn’t just lobster flavoured mash but real chunks of lobster mixed into the mash. Heavenly! I’ll definitely have to get this next time I’m back.

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We finished the meal with an interesting dessert – the avocado and lime tart served with brown sugar Chantilly, candied pecans and reduced balsamic vinegar.

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This tart was definitely interesting in its own way, you definitely have to mix all the flavours on the dish to get the full effect – tangy, sweet and tart. I prefer my desserts on the sweet side though!

It was a great, relaxing evening highlighting a lot of interesting menu items and getting to know some of the Milestones team more. I’d like to thank Andrea and Colin for inviting to me this great tasting and I definitely look forward to enjoying the classics – bellinis and brunch while exploring the latest additions to their menu!

Check out Milestones’ Website and Menu here.

Disclaimer: I was invited by Milestones to experience the new menu and received a complimentary meal – I was not expected or paid to write this review.

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