My husband and I don’t tend to go into town all that much as it can be such a hassle to park, but we’ve been trying to visit eating places that we’re keen to try before the little bubs comes along!
I really wanted to try Milse in Britomart, but as it’s a dessert place, we figured we needed to probably eat something savoury beforehand. A lot of new eating places have suddenly popped up in the Britomart area and the trend seems to be tasty, cheaper, sharing plates in loud, energetic atmospheres. Typically a lot of them you can’t book at – you turn up and hope to get a table, and/or you put your name down and go for a wander. Hubby and I went out for an early dinner, hoping to avoid long wait times.
The first place we went to was Orleans. We decided to try this place after I saw a review on it from the two lovely ladies at Two Honest Truths. You can read their review here (they have a lot more photos than we do).
Neither of us have been to New Orleans before, so have no idea whether it’s very authentic or not. As we went so early (just before 6pm), we didn’t have to wait at all and the service was efficient and friendly.
We didn’t order a huge amount as we knew we had dessert lined up later, but we thought we’d try what typically sounded like New Orleans fare.
First to come was the jambalaya balls with dirty gravy ($10) and the onion rings with chipotle mayo ($6).
These were both very tasty. I love onion rings and these were really crunchy and I really enjoyed dipping them in all the condiments we were supplied with (the hot sauce and the creole salt). The jambalaya balls were a bit like arancini, but obviously with different flavours.
We also ordered the pig PO boy ($8.50).
The slow cooked pork was tender and the slaw with it was nice and refreshing.
The last dish we tried was the southern gumbo ($18).
The gumbo consisted of prawns, okra, andouille sausage and chicken. It was served with toasted slices of bread spread with a kumara rouille. We enjoyed this as well.
Overall, a good meal. My personal favourites were the onion rings and pig PO boy.
Address: 48 Customs Street East, Auckland
Telephone: 09-309 5854
Open: Mon – Thu: 11:30 am – 11:45 pm, Fri – Sat: 11:30 am – 4:00 am
After that, we headed to Milse. This is a tiny place – it only seems to seat about 14 people, so we had about a 20min wait.
It took us a while to decide what we wanted as everything looked so good. They have long cabinets full of delicious treats which we really wanted to try, but after 6pm, they have a special a la carte menu designed by the chef for his really special plated desserts. The menu is deliberately vague – it only has flavours on it – so that there’s an element of surprise when you get your dish.
We ordered the salted caramel, apple and cinnamon verrine ($8) and the mango and coconut crunch gelato stick ($7).
These were really tasty, although I’m not sure I really could taste the salted caramel. We REALLY like the mango and coconut crunch gelato stick. This was delicious! It seemed that a lot of people were getting the gelato sticks to go as it was hard to get a table. A good idea for a warm night or hot day!
We each ordered one dish from the a la carte menu too. Hubby ordered the Valrhona 468% dessert ($21).
This was just a chocolate overload, consisting of chocolate mousse, cake, macarons, aerated chocolate, freeze-dried chocolate and so on! It was amazing and a must try if you are a chocoholic.
I ordered the vanilla dessert ($17).
This had a creme brulee in the centre and was surrounded by poached rhubarb, shortbread cookies and something called lemon balm. It was also absolutely delicious.
Auckland has been sorely lacking a proper dessert place (most places are ice cream and gelato places, or cafes that serve a range of cakes and tarts) and this place is really worth a trip. Milse was definitely the highlight of the night!
Address: 27 Tyler Street, Britomart, Auckland
Telephone: +64 9 215 8996
Open: Monday-Sunday 10am-late (every day of the year except Christmas Day and Boxing Day).