Friday, August 17, 2012

Downtown Ottawa Milestones: Bellinis and Appetizers (Review)

What better way to spend a warm Friday evening than enjoying a few frozen Bellinis and appetizers on a patio. The Bellinis are somewhat of a fan favourite amongst locals and tourists alike, so make sure they are your first priority the next time you visit Milestones. The Bellinis are a mix of white rum, peach liqueur and sparkling wine blended together and topped with sangria.  

Milestones Original Bellini, $6.99
I believe that the appetizers serve better as a meal because you get to taste more than one item, ultimately experiencing more of the flavours that the restaurant has to offer. We decided to share a trio of appetizers, including the Baked Goat Cheese and Slow-Roasted Garlic Flatbread, the Calamari Steak Strips, and the Trio of Roasted Mushroom and Goat Cheese Risotto Balls. They all arrived wonderfully plated and tasted just as divine. I have to say that the Risotto Balls were my favourite and I have since decided to embark on my own journey of making them. Stay tuned for my rendition of this fabulous dish. The Calamari strips were perfectly crisp and tender and were accompanied by two dips (a spicy andouille sausage tomato ragu and a preserved lemon aioli). The Flatbread is a great sharing plate and there is definitely no shortage of flavors to suit you and your dinner friends. The dish is served with warm naan bread, Ciabatta toasts, spicy cranberry relish, fig jam, and roasted garlic.     

Calamari Steak Strips, $10.99
Baked Goat Cheese and Slow-Roasted Garlic Flatbread, $8.99
Roasted Mushroom and Goat Cheese Risotto Balls, $10.99
Overall, Milestones is a great place to have drinks with friends, meet your special someone for a romantic dinner, and even mingle over lunchtime drinks with colleagues. Its casual atmosphere is warm and inviting and the outdoor patio is a perfect place to bask in the sun on a warm afternoon. The traffic can sometimes be loud, but the views of downtown Ottawa will definitely overshadow the slight noise.

Verdict: Great atmosphere, friendly service, fabulous drinks, delicious food

Cost: Appetizers range from $5.99-$10.99. Main dishes range from $12.99-$27.99

Milestones Grill and Bar, two locations in Ottawa, 1080 Bakter Road, Pinecrest and 700 Sussex Drive, Downtown 

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