I had been avoiding Milestones (Downtown) since they came to Calgary, but as luck would have it, someone was leaving work, and they chose Milestones for their final lunch.
Scanning their menu, looked like a lot of potential, but the execution didn't follow.
I've had mediocre meals in the past little while, but I hadn't been compelled to post about them (Gunkan Sushi being one of them). That changed after our lunch experience at Milestones.
We shared the "Crispy Calamari with Andouille Sausage" which is supposed to be "Thinly-sliced calamari steak topped with spicy sausage tomato caper salsa, preserved lemon aioli".
The calamari came out like thick-cut french fries, coated in some sort of cornmeal coating. It apparently got fried for a little too long, since the coating tasted burnt, and the squid was a bit on the chewy side. Worse, the coating and the squid together just tasted awful. We all had one piece and said that something was wrong. It couldn't be saved by the salsa (which had no sausage in it) or the aioli (which was OK).
We flagged the server down and got him to take it back and get it redone. Attempt two simply confirmed our fears. The calamari was now cooked to proper spec, and was now merely...non-descript. Absolutely no flavor. Cardinal sin. And the mouth-feel of the cornmeal coating was still bad. And still no sausage in the salsa. At $10 a pop, I just felt cheated. Nor did the server come back to check up on us.
This did nothing to get our hopes up for the rest of lunch. I had the Thai Chicken Tacos, which was OK. Grilled chicken skewers with Asian slaw on little naan bread, with a mango vinaigrette & peanut dipping sauces. Could have been much better, but it was at least way more edible than the calamari. Same feeling applied to the dishes everyone else was eating. We'll take our small blessings and get out while the getting was good...
Maybe it was just today or maybe it's just me, but I expected more. I prefer posting about good or interesting food experiences, but this particular experience was so bad (not only for me, but everyone at our table), I had to document it. It just raises my ire to have a upscale chain delivering bad food at high prices.