27 Tyler Street,
(09) 368 9487
Milse is a dedicated dessert restaurant in the heart of Britomart. The dessert and wine bar serves exquisite cakes, pastries and decadent degustation menus, Milse is set to be a mecca for lovers of dessert.
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I have wanted to dine inside Milse forever but as there are only a few tables the waiting list has always been too long for the time I have had so I’ve taken away my dessert chosen from the cabinets. However on this occasion as it was my significant birthday I wanted to watch the Chefs prepare it. My 5 friends and I all ordered something different. I had the Valrhona with Caramel, Jasmine and Hazelnut. It was fantastic. The best bit of this place (and I wish I could show you the photos was the presentation). Seriously something like you would find in dessert Heaven if there was such thing. One person at the table next to us had this orange coloured ball that looked like a fluffy peach but when he opened it it was filled with a mousse – amazing! And as I remembered the Caramel Hot Chocolate was absolutely scrummy. I can’t wait to go back.
I remember hearing about this one of a kind dessert restaurant that would be opening up in a few weeks time (this was back in 2013). I was so excited that I stopped by the restaurant every week to ask when they were opening their doors!
First time walking in was quite a surprise! The inside is quite a small space, with only a few tables so it is quite hard to get a seat! My friend and I arrived about 11am and managed to get a table, but every other time I have been of late, it is always fully booked. I would love it if Milse moved to bigger premises but we will just have to wait and see!
I highly recommend trying a verrine, gateaux or chocolate tart. These are all delicious treats. However, the macarons were a stand out.
Milse has many macaron flavours to choose from and I always love popping in to try out the new ones. My favourites are Valrhona Chocolate, Salted Caramel and Tiramisu.
I keep coming back to Milse because they have a range of different treats and there is always something I like on the menu. If I am in need of a gift, then I go to Milse. They have cute gift boxes for chocolates and macarons and my friends and family love them!
Best little kept secret in Britomart! The only way to describe the your reaction of the selection of deserts there is "like a kid in a candystore"! If you have the chance to dine in the chefs on hand are whipping up the desert menu right in front of you. The flavours and textures of my gourmet lemon cheesecake was out of this world and I would highly recommend a visit!
Good Dessert place..Heavenly yum.....
Milse is not a cheap, especially on a student budget. But a visit to this cute little dessert haven is seemingly justified by the beautiful interior/decor and amazingly presented food. This gourmet dessert heaven is definitely something to rave about. The flavours are unique and inspiring e.g. lavender macarons or strawberry and green tea gelato. The best seats are the ones at the bar where you can watch 'chefs' making these works of art!
Having said that, Milse is very cramped, and the long queing times/tiny tables are somewhat unrealisitic. Being seated next door at Ortolana (owned by the same people) may be a short term alternative, but this often means slow service and unusually long waiting times for cabinet food from Milse.
Milse could improve the experience by faster service, but otherwise there is not much to complain about! :)
Milse is such great fun. I consider it more of an experience rather than a place to grab a feed. Assuming you can find a table in reasonable time, it's enjoyable taking a seat an watching the team make up really exciting and varied desserts. The dishes are of course, on the pricey scale of things but there is a range of options including gelato, drinks and lots of fancy stuff that is really hard to pronounce. A great way to have an intimate finish to a nice meal out.
Milse, a kind of dessert factory shop where you can watch patissier Brian Campbell and his team at work and order dessert from the cabinet. The gelato on a stick (there's a jelly tip option) has the flavour of a Kiwi classic in the making so I’ve been told.
On Sunday of the long weekend we finally got to going to Milse, 2 previous attempts we hadn’t been able to get in without a lengthy wait and this was no exception. Apparently the list was long and they were about to close. I think they shouldn’t let big groups come in and take up the restaurant but let little groups of 2-4 only so others can enjoy. As this is what I saw happened on this particular night.
We decided not to miss out entirely so bought a selection of boxed up treats and a hot chocolate and went and sat at an outdoor table under the fairy lights to enjoy. Vanilla, Rhubarb, Raspberry & cinnamon Gateaux, Valrhona chocolate, salted caramel and Armagnac Gateaux, both in which were light and fluffy. Vanilla, Lemon & white chocolate, peanut (Macaron of the day) and salted caramel macarons which I want to try and replicate myself this Christmas. My favourite was the Lemon Meringue Verrines (in little glass jars).
I’ll keep trying to get in on the night as you can’t pre book as I want to try the actual desserts they offer in the restaurant.
Had a fantastic dessert experience with friendly staff . Will be back to try the gelatos next !!
Personally, I'm not a great fan of their cabinet desserts. Perhaps they are just not quite to my taste. There have been some hits and some misses. Mostly misses though.
As for their dine-in plated desserts, again, some hits and misses. It is interesting though to sit at the bar and watch the chefs at work. The place is best described as cosy.
One thing which I would highly recommend from Milse are their gelatos.
I am not a great fan of having to wait for hours to get a seat. As I only really go to Milse for their gelatos, I usually turn up at Ortolana (their sister restaurant) at a time where it's not too busy and have my hot chocolate and dessert there. Much nicer environment and less hectic.
I would recommend you to check out their gelato cabinet though. Impressive and makes for a good photo op.
As for staff, they were friendly and helpful enough. Well, the ones that I have encountered anyway.
At some point though, I want to give one of those big huge gelato balls / cake things a go!
My first visit to Milse was certainly a five star experience - friendly staff, no wait, absolutely delicious food and a lovely atmosphere. I visited on a Monday in the school holidays as I was treating my son to a special night out. His eyes and mine widened as we walked through the tiny entrance and saw all the beautiful treats in the cabinets. We were asked whether we would like to be seated, and when we said yes we were lead through to the tiny but lovely dining area. We sat in front of the kitchen, fascinated, as the chef prepared delightful plates in front of us, and we tried to guess what each thing was as we waited for ours to arrive. Every mouthful on our plate was delicious, and we would love to go back! A perfect restaurant for a special occasion, or just "someting different".
Great food but rude servers and really tiny space. Bad experience made me deduct the 3 stars.
Yummiest green tea gateaux! very subtle flavour complimented so well (surprising) by the fresh passion-fruit. check out the macaroons while you're there :)
Pronounced mill-say and Gaelic for ‘sweet’, dessert restaurant Milse's cabinets of small items in the narrow entrance way including ice creams, cakes, macaroons and chocolates caught my attention when I poked my head around the door the week it opened.The venue only seats 20 people - on a Saturday night a friend and I were put off by the queue, but returned 11 days later at 9pm on a Thursday, still to be told there would be a 20 minute wait. We left a name and phone number and headed to closest bar for a drink but had only just started on our ciders when the call came that a table was available.The a la carte menu is based on flavours. I ordered the 'Apple' which included the secondary flavours of Salted Caramel, Feijoa and Thyme. I love feijoas and am addicted to salted caramel chocolates/. I’d also seen Thyme used in a dessert sauce on My Kitchen Rules the night prior so I thought I’d give it a try, but I really had no idea what was going to show up on my plate.It took almost 40 minutes for our desserts to arrive, probably a speedy service aided by the duo at the table beside ours cancelling their order and walking out due to a long wait. Sipping Milse’s complementary carbonated water and watching the chefs work was not a bad way to wait though.My desert turned out to be Salted Caramel ice cream, with crunchy wafers, apple sorbet, thyme tasting sliced apple, and a feijoa sauce. It was lovely and all the flavours worked well together. The serving size was perfect but at $18 a treat rather than a regular destination.
After a visit to Britomart's Milse I'm certainly hoping this dessert restaurant trend is going to take off! Milse is a small venue but what it lacks in size it makes up for by way of taste. The Milse team are obviously masters at what they do. On this visit I had the chocolate pot with kirsh creme and a sneaky taste of my niece's gelato ... we'll be back for more!
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