I went to Model Milk for the first time a few weeks ago with my parents after hearing fairly mixed reviews and really wanting to try it out.
The first thing I noticed was the cool interior. I was a fan of the exposed brick and eclectic lighting, but the organization of the tables (the long, picnic bench style that seems to be all-the-rage as of late) made for an extremely loud and occasionally cramped atmosphere.
Our server was kind and knowledgeable enough but extremely slow. I mean really, really slow. Not enjoy your food and company slow, I mean it seemed as if they were in training mode slow. How am I supposed to enjoy being out on the town with good company without good drink in my hand? I mean really!? (On that note, though, the Howe Sound fruit ale is a must if you enjoy fruity beers in the summer, as I do).
We started with a dozen West Coast oysters, which were beyond fantastic. It made up for the abysmally slow service.
I ordered the pork loin wrapped in sausage and bacon and served on crushed edamame beans, which was simply (and aptly) titled “Pig” on the menu. It was phenomenal, but extremely rich and filling. Don’t expect to be in the mood for dessert (or breakfast or lunch the next day either, for that matter) if you order it.
My dad ordered the chicken, which was served on a waffle. It was an interesting concept and it actually worked very well.
My mom had the steak, which was cooked well and had a good flavour, but the steak itself was tough.
I have to say, Model Milk does an excellent job of combining fat, sugar, and salt (the most addictive combination) to create excellent meals that make you crave more. I think that must have been their goal, and they certainly achieved it.
I would recommend checking out Model Milk for the food, though the service certainly needs to be improved upon. Additionally, it’s a good spot for a large get together on account of the loud atmosphere. You certainly;y wouldn’t want to spend a romantic date yelling at one another across the table.