MILESTONE'S GRILL AND BAR
Entertainment District, 132 John Street, Toronto, M5V 2E4, (416) 595-1990
On a rather mild Friday night after visiting the Distillery district we decided to have dinner with the gang at the Milestone's on John Street. It is our favourite one and is always buzzing. We arrived at around 7:00 to find the place packed, but we were seated quickly in a large booth (there were 6 of us). We ordered two bottles of Beringer Merlot as we scanned the menu.
We decided to share a couple of appetizers, so we ordered the phyllo shrimp (my favourite app here) and Milestone's famous hot spinach and artichoke dip. They are fabulous appetizers that are easily shared.
After the appetizers were enjoyed, we ordered our mains. One of us had the Portobello Mushroom Chicken, which has a double breast of chicken with sliced portobello mushrooms sauteed in olive oil with fresh basil, roasted garlic and reduced Reggiano cream over capellini. It was tender and delicious, and the vegetables were crisp and filling.
One of us ordered the same dish but with mashed potatoes instead of capellini.
One of us had the Cajun Shrimp Diane which has a generous portion of Louisiana style shrimp Reggiano cheese, scallions and roasted mushrooms in a lightly spiced garlic cream sauce. Served with steamed Asian greens, roasted grape tomatoes and basil cilantro jasmine rice. I have had this dish before and it is filling and delicious.
One of us had the Asian Steak Citrus Salad, which is a new addition to the menu. It was a large salad with a generous portion of spiced steak and ingredients that blended together very well.
I had the grilled chicken caesar - one of the best chicken caesar salads available anywhere. It had tender pieces of grilled chicken (not dry) combined with a wonderful and flavourful crisp pancetta. The sauce was very tasty and not over done. The greens were crisp and fresh. The ciabatta crustinis were absolutely delicious, as was the mixture of shredded Regianno and Asiago cheese.
We only had room to share one desert it was a giant chocolate cookie with vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce.
To top off a wonderful meal we ended with their most famous cocktail - THE MILESTONES' ORIGINAL BELLINI. It is a fabulous mixture of white rum, peach liqueur and sparkling white wine, crushed ice and topped with sangria.
A meal at Milestones is always enjoyable, whether it is in summer on the patio or winter inside.