Mila turned out to be our final Dine Out Vancouver adventure this time around. We had visited Mila once before during World Vegan Month namely, November in 2020. We were happy to be back.
Mila - Dine Out Vancouver - Vegan Restaurant
Located on Keefer just west of Main, we had made a reservation and that was a good idea. They were quite busy all the time that we were there. There were 2 appetizers, 3 mains and 2 desserts on the DOV menu so there was very little decision-making to do on our part. We basically asked for one of each (except for one main, if you are doing the math).
The Carrot Arburi Oshi is the dish that made a big splash when Mila first opened and it continues to be a favourite today. By now, we have had carrot 'lox' or 'sushi' at quite a few places but we find Mila's to be the best with a pretty firm 'sushi' texture. Still, it is the creamy sauce, and bite of the jalapeno that makes this something that we crave.
The Karaage Tofu Bao was the other appetizer available and these were also pretty special! The tofu was nicely crispy and even reminiscent of the chicken original. The added crunchy veggies and sauce and a very decent bun made this a special vegan dish.
Often Dan Dan Noodles will blow your head off but the chef showed some restraint while still making me sweat and numbing my tongue. My advice is to take your time and not try to scarf this done in one mouthful. Nice greens and some nuts and a nice creamy sauce made this another happy dish!
The Mushroom and Sausage Tagliatelle was a rich and creamy pasta dish that was very excellent. The garlic toast really put the whole thing over the top. This so completely kicked ass when compared to Pagliacchi's vegan pasta in Victoria (that we tried recently). At this point, we had to use some strategy as we were already feeling full from the appetizers and the first few bites of noodles. We decided that we would have to take roughly half of our main dishes home if we were going to be able to tackle dessert!
And the desserts were pretty amazing. Our favourite was this Peanut Butter Cup Pie. The filling was creamy like a good cheesecake and very peanut buttery. A rich chocolate ganache was the topping with just a sprinkling of salt that brought the flavours up a level. Very nice!
We also enjoyed the Black Forest Ganache Tart. A few pie cherries divided rich chocolate from the whipped 'cream'. Also very rich and delicious. Good thing we decided to box up most of our pasta to go.
So we had a lovely meal. The folks working here made our visit very pleasant and seem to be mostly vegan themselves. We like Dine Out Vancouver but we don't really view it as a way to get a bargain but a way to experience some new (well not this time) Vancouver eateries so we will keep supporting the festival.
Food 5 out of 5
Vegan options 5 out of 5
Comfort 4 1/2 out of 5
Service 5 out of 5
Value 4 1/2 out of 5
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