One of the highlights from our attendance AFAN’s Black & White Party was that 2 out of the 50 raffle tickets we purchased came back winners. I love raffles because oftentimes it allows you to try something new. Karma was on our side this time as we won a $500 gift certificate to Estiatorio Milos, a fine dining Greek restaurant at the super swank Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas.
Estiatorio Milos actually has several other locations — Montreal, New York and Athens. They pride themselves on providing the freshest seafood and produce available. While we had no trouble spending the $500 in one dinner for 4 people — following the recommendations of our excellent and attentive waiter Jason — this restaurant also has ample options for parties with smaller budgets. There’s a $20.11 prix fixe lunch menu and a $49 pre-/post-theater menu that comes with 4 courses. Since we were working with a much larger budget, we chose to go with their popular family-style dining option.
Our dinner began with a visit to their “fish market,” where you could chose from a selection of fresh fish and seafood flown in daily from across the globe.
All seafood is sold by-the-pound, with some of the larger fish able to serve a whole table. The standard price for most fish was around $50/pound. We were tempted by the blue lobster for $104/pound, but I was a bit intimidated because it was still alive! We were also told that all of their produce is hand-picked twice a week at the Los Angeles Farmers’ Market.
Their wine menu features a number of moderately-priced and high-end Greek wines. We chose the Ktima Driopi Agiorgitiko “Nemea” Reserve, a smooth red wine with complex flavors and heavy tannins.
For appetizers, we tried some of their signature items. These zucchini chips with tzatziki, also known as “Milos Special,” were the best!
The charred octopus was also really tasty and our waiter recommended pairing it with their mushrooms appetizer — a melange of chanterelle, oyster, trumpet and shitake mushrooms tossed in olive oil. Almost everything on their menu is served with huge caperberries from the Greek island of Santorini.
Our next course was the Milos version of a Greek salad — a tomato salad with barrel-aged feta and housemade dressing. The feta was some of the best I’ve ever tasted.
For the main course we chose a 3.6 pound “Lavraki” fish, a Mediterranean sea bass. It’s also one of their signature items. This sweet, buttery fish is cooked in tons of sea salt to trap in the flavor before being filleted and deboned tableside.
It’s also served with a healthy portion of their Horta — Swiss chard blended with olive oil, lemon juice and sea salt.
For dessert it was Greek coffee, “Svigous” (sweet fritters with vanilla cream and sour cherry compote), and “Chocolate Sin” (a flourless chocolate cake).
The verdict? Everything was super tasty and the service was top-notch despite being a busy night in the restaurant. Thank you, karma, for the golden ticket.