All the way from Australia - Were we just unlucky?
Posted on 08 / 15 / 2010
Having flown from Australia, and after spending last night in LA my vegan partner and I were really looking forward to trying this place. We ate at Real Food Daily (in Santa Monica) last night where we were absolutely blown away. And reading the stellar reviews for Millennium we were really looking forward to following it up with something equally as good.
So, the atmosphere was great, and the cocktails were really good. The barman was quite talented.
However, that's as good as it got for us. Okay so firstly, the meals were tiny!! We don't expect large American portions either. For the price, I expect better. The only exception which justifies this serving size / price ratio, is quality. That's the thing. The food was served late. The temperature of the dishes were cold. My girlfriend's especially so. In terms of execution, the components which made up each of our two dishes didn't mesh well, they just didn't make any sense - the flavours were not cohesive. Overly complex. Also, the main dish I had contained an extremely bitter spinach, and broccoli - which tasted like it was cooked in rancid oil. The theme of each dish was scattered, too many strong directions all pulling in different ways. I feel like the cooks/chefs wish to be flash, and flamboyant - to live up to the price. But, the fundamentals are failing. We could see the kitchen / preparation area from where we sat. The dishes appeared to be created from largely pre-prepared components (more macro in scope than I would assume to be normal). As such, it had a dull reheated last nights dinner kind of feel to it.
The desert was nice, however the pecans contained in it were bitter / rancid as well. Also the "scoop" of ice-cream, was a little over a tablespoon worth. I mean come on guys!
I really, really dislike saying all this - but when you put yourself up that high, by charging such ridiculous prices - you need to perform!!
We have eaten at many vegan restaurants around the world, in places such as London, Lisbon, Barcelona, Sydney, Melbourne, etc.
Unfortunately, this experience just smacked us in the face. It left us feeling really ripped off and negative about the whole thing. ie. coming across as conceited, and greedy.
I hope it was just an off night. Surely the previous reviews can't be wrong. I sure hope so.
Great Enviroment, Good Location, Potential
Expensive, Poor Execution