Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Millenium is Amazing (VEGAN MOFO: DAY 24)

Yo, the restaurant Millenium is amazing.  Yeah, it's pricy, yeah, you gotta make reservations, but this is vegan fine dining, people, and it stands up to any non-vegan fine dining out there.  I'm so glad that I met the owner and that it caused me to make bloody certain I got out to her restaurant while I was here in San Francisco!

There were three of us, so there's a food extravaganza to follow.  I got the Frugal Foodie three-course meal, so I got an appetizer, entree, and dessert for $40.  My little sister got two appetizers and our friend Sara got one entree.  We'll start with the apps!
This was one of my sister's apps, and I don't actually know what it was.  It had cannellini beans and it may not look like much, but it tasted just freakin' delicious.  I wish it was on the menu online so I could try to imitate it at home later, but alas, I think it may be lost to me.  She also ordered the Fig Bruschetta because ever since Miyoko Schinner fed us those fig things, she's had figs on the brain.
The bruschetta is spread onto the bread, and there are some cooked veggies on top--I believe onions and some kind of greens.  Underneath, there were these salad greens that seriously tasted like mashed potatoes to me.  They had a peppery aftertaste. Quite good!

I got some kind of Squash "Raw-violi."  I was feeling getting something raw, and I remembered how incredible the Zucchini Ravioli at Pittsburgh's Eden had been, so I ordered this.
I liked it, but it actually didn't hold a candle to anything I'd gotten at Eden that day.  I mean, I was happy to get some raw veggies into me, but I didn't think they tasted out-of-this-world the way everything else we got at Millennium did, or the way the food at Eden had.

Entree time, what?

OMG, here's the Red Beet Arborio Rice Cake Sara ordered.  Oh, man, those roasted Chanterelle mushrooms, the sauces in it, the beet chips on top.  It was soooo good.  I know it's often hard to, like, visually understand pictures of food from a fine restaurant before you've dug into it, but there is this bright red beet cake in the middle and mushrooms on top and roasted peppers on the right and some other stuff and mmmmmm.

Equally as delicious was my entree, the Potato Tikki Cake.
A bit of Indian flavor going on here and it was very "Holy crap, this is good!"  It had that eggplant slice on top of the tikka cake, and the saag made from cauliflower and paneer made from tofu and those greens and I just mixed it all up and inhaled it.

But wait!  Mine had a dessert.  I ordered the Chocolate Almond Midnight.
What, with the almond cashew crust and mocha filling and raspberry drizzle and white chocolate mousse, who could resist this little baby?  This is the kind of dessert that was always my ultimate favorite.  I don't think I need to say this to people who read my blog, but no one would ever think this was vegan.

My sister and Sara didn't order dessert, but when they brought mine, they also brought an extra dessert, the Sweet Ending.  "We didn't order this," my sister told the food runner.  "Oh, we just brought it to you because we're so nice," he said sweetly, "But I can take it back if you like."  Ha!  As if!
The brownie was OK, but those chocolate candies were to die for, and the shortbread truffle things were damn good too.  Those macadamia nuts were delicious too, and also, hey!  Figs and strawberry!  Yeah figs, yeah figs, yeah figs, celebrate! Picture me doing the Carlton Dance while I sing that.

Vegan Month of Food, going strong!


  1. They have these crusted oyster mushrooms there, as an appetizer, and if you have time, you should totally get just those and like, a cocktail. Last time I went, between three ladies, we got TWO orders!

    I think I got the potato tikki cake last time I went too!

    1. I wish I had time to go back to places! That sounds so good.

  2. Melissa, Isn't Millennium amazing?!

    The appetizer you had is:

    Seared Potato Gnocchi
    braised fresh cannellini runner beans with leeks,
    charred garlic & hazelnut picada, fried sage

    I've had it and it's delicious. I've also had the beet cake entree, also delicious.

    Their menu items change regularly, but chocolate almond midnight is always on the menu.

    Great photos!

    Yes, every vegan who comes to San Francisco has to eat at Millennium, even though their prices seem to rise at least annually.

  3. Vegan fine dining is where it's at! I've heard much about Millenium, it's one of those famous ones. Love the plating of the dishes! I would eat the crap out of that pie, and it's awesome that you got some free desserts. Sounds like you've been having a good vacay! :)

    1. I am, although the rain followed me from Pittsburgh. People have been saying they've never seen it rain as hard in SF as it did on Tuesday. But there's good food to eat every day!

  4. We didn't make it to Millenium when we were in SF because the people we were visiting said it was over-hyped and they didn't want to go. Next time I think we will have to try it. We have a similar gourmet vegan restaurant here that is great, so I don't feel too deprived. :) Your meal looks wonderful. Have to been to Dosa?

    1. I decided against Dosa because I get upset when a place claims to serve only "sustainably caught fish." I know for a fact that it is not sustainably to catch any wild fish, and it makes me really mad when people put that sort of thing, which contributes so much to people's misunderstanding on this topic, on their menu. So I took a moral stand and decided I'll go a few doors down (probably tomorrow) to Udipi Palace, which is 100% vegetarian and mostly vegan.

    2. You're right, of course. It bothers me too but sometimes I go along with my hosts to be polite. And Dosa did have a fabulous vegan menu with amazing food. Sounds like you're eating at all the best spots.


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