Monday, January 17, 2011

Mildred's Temple Kitchen

I was planning to use my coupon for dinner at School Bakery & Cafe with Julia one night, but sadly when I got there it was closed for a private party. We had no idea what other restaurants were within walking distance (near Fraser and Liberty) and felt pretty discouraged as we walked for 5-10 minutes without seeing anything interesting besides fast food and bars. Thankfully, this very bright yellow/greenish sign caught my attention. I was surprised to see it since I always thought Mildred's Temple Kitchen was located at another part of town. But what do I know? I suck at directions. Anyway, we followed that small arrow on the top right corner, zig-zagged between buildings and finally arrived to the entrance of Mildred's Temple Kitchen.


I've always known about Mildred's Temple Kitchen but I never went because I never found their menu interesting. Not that I would refuse to go or something if someone asked me to, but it just doesn't jump out at me. This is purely personal preference of course since I do hear good things about Mildred's




Like a lot of my other posts, I tend to go for dinner on a weeknight right after work. So most of the time the restaurants are pretty empty. Same thing again here at Mildred's; pretty much empty besides us and two other table. This shot is of the entrance leading to the dining room.




The decor at Mildred's is very contemporary, probably the most contemporary restaurant I've been to recently. Everything seems to have a very smooth texture; the wood, the stainless steel, the white round chairs, the glossy floor. The whole restaurant is very spacious but also very air-y. "Cozy" is definitely not a word to describe the decor.


I had to get a close up of this piggy. I wonder if it symbolizes anything? There must a reason why it's there. I like it. It's cute.


Industrial looking ceiling, futuristic lighting - all very neat and modern. Julia also commented that the washrooms there were very cool (can't comment because I didn't go).


Small Mercies - Bread & Olives - Arbequina Olives with pain Thuet & white bean purée. Julia and I loved this. Three different kinds of bread, each selection perfect for sharing. And like always, I can never get enough of Thuet bread.


Plenty of olives and the white bean puree was light - great pairing for the bread. If you're a bread and olives fan like me, this is THE appetizer for you because all that was only $3.50.


MTK Burger - With Tomato Relish & Tobacco Onions with Fries.


Julia enjoyed the burger. A bit hard to eat as it was stacked up pretty high. She said the burger was juicy but it was nothing special. Lots of onions that's for sure.


I tried the fries; they were disappointing. They were starchy and bland, it needed more salt.

Flatbread - With Caramelized Onions, Squash, and Arugula.


This was probably the smallest flatbread / pizza I've ever had; it really should be placed in the appetizer section (or "SMALL MERCIES" on their menu), but instead it was in the "BURGS/DOGS/'ZZA" section. All I ask is If you're gonna call this a pizza and charge $13 for it, at least make it a bit bigger. Honestly, if i knew it was gonna be so small I wouldn't have ordered it.


As for the pizza itself, it way too sweet for my taste. I'm all about balance when it comes to pizza; the squash and the caramelized onions are both sweet toppings, which are fine. The arugula by itself is struggling to balance those two sweet toppings, but still, it's OK. What crossed the line was the sauce. Whatever sauce it was, it was really sweet, and it was drizzled all over the pizza. Way too sweet for a pizza.

I was glad that we ordered that Thuet bread because without it, I would have still been hungry.

Moving on, it was dessert time. I needed dessert. A very short dessert list and nothing appealed to me much. 


The Cookie Plate - Baked Daily by Pastry Chef Lynda - Macaroon, Cookie, Walnut Tart


Probably had some fancier names for what was on the plate but the cookie plate changes daily so the description is not found on the menu. But I know for sure that, from left to right: macaroon, cookie, and walnut tart. Julia did not like the macaroon because she found it too dense. I agree too although the taste of the macaroon was quite delicious. The cookie was nothing special, it was thick and that's all I have to say about it. The walnut tart was the best out of the three in my opinion, probably because it's rare to find walnut tarts.


Our waiter was very friendly and attentive. Although the service was impeccable, please keep in mind that we also went at a very quiet time, so I can't guarantee that my experience is indicative of how their service is every single time (note: Julia thanked our server for always refilling her hot water, and the server commented something along the lines of "its okay I don't have much to anyway" - I thought that was kinda funny).

I wouldn't mind going to Mildred's Temple Kitchen again if someone asked me to go, but I will not voluntarily go again, at least for dinner (I hear their brunch is great). Maybe I ordered the wrong thing (i.e pizza), I don't know, but the item we liked the most was the bread, which they did not make themselves. Similar to before I went, I still find Mildred's Temple Kitchen menu to be nothing special. The food was okay and average.

I've seen some reviews on blogTO about Mildred's Temple Kitchen after my visit and it seems like the reviews are very mixed; some people love it, some people hate it, some find it just so-so (like me, pretty much indifferent). If you've been to Mildred's Temple Kitchen, please comment and let me know of your experience there. 

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11 comments:

kiki's B.F.F said...

LOL... was just goona post my visit there this afternoon =P

Joanne said...

I've never been to Mildred's before but just looking at the menu I can easily find several dishes that I would love to try out. The menu options: "smoked Georgian bay white fish fritters" (yup, I eat seafood sometime) jumps out at me, as does the "grilled calamari." When I go out to eat at a restaurant I generally order something that I can't make at home or something that is exotic sounding. My rule is no pizza or burgers (you can get those anywhere) when there are so many other options to try. On the dessert menu, I love the sound of profiteroles, a popular dessert in Europe and quite tasty.

The Food Junkie said...

@kiki - haha great! I can't wait to read your experience there :)

@Joanne - yeh the white fish fritters does sound interesting :) I actually thought about getting the calamari too but similar to what you said, my friends and I order calamari pretty often and it's found as an appetizer in a lot of restaurants. I don't make pizza or burgers at home so that's one reason why I order it, and secondly, even though a lot of restaurants make pizzas and burgers I'm always on the look out for places that does them best.

June Li said...

I frequent Mildred's fairly often (mostly for brunch but dinner too). I am a bit confused since I know their menu has changed considerably from what you seem to be posting (I had dinner there last week).

I haven't had a disappointing experience yet - best of all, the dinner menu changes fairly often, so if something doesn't appeal to me...I can usually check back and try another dish.

Should definitely check out brunch, too! Different vibe completely.

The Food Junkie said...

Hi June :) Hahaha yeah I'm on a constant backlog with regards to posts so usually they are not about my recent visits (unless I really want to post something ASAP). I believe my visit to Mildred's was back in November.

But yeah I do someday want to go back for brunch :)

Leesh said...

I'd be really disappointed too if I ordered a pizza and it was that small...and the idea is to share it??? In any case, it does look good.

The Food Junkie said...

It looks good but it doesn't taste good

Karen Ling said...

i've been there twice one for brunch and one for lunch

i highly recommend the brunch...you have to try their blueberry pancakes and their scones...also for lunch the poutine is really delicious

check out my post if you wanna see some pix...i think the brunch is awesome..hope that helps:)

http://eatherenext.blogspot.com/2011/01/mildreds-temple-kitchen.html

The Food Junkie said...

@Karen - Thanks for the link =) I've heard from quite a few people now that Mildred's brunch is a lot better than their dinner, so maybe I will go there for brunch one day to try it out, give it another chance LOL~

Karen Ling said...

i've been there twice one for brunch and one for lunch

i highly recommend the brunch...you have to try their blueberry pancakes and their scones...also for lunch the poutine is really delicious

check out my post if you wanna see some pix...i think the brunch is awesome..hope that helps:)

http://eatherenext.blogspot.com/2011/01/mildreds-temple-kitchen.html

The Food Junkie said...

Hi June :) Hahaha yeah I'm on a constant backlog with regards to posts so usually they are not about my recent visits (unless I really want to post something ASAP). I believe my visit to Mildred's was back in November.

But yeah I do someday want to go back for brunch :)

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