27 Tyler Street,
(09) 368 9487
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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 :)
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