Affiliated to other good establishments (Rustic Canyon, Huckleberry, Sweet Rose Creamery)? Check. Newly Open? Yep. Hyped? Yessss. Over-hyped? Possibly. Being in the infancy stage, Milo Olive has room to perfect execution and to be better than how I’m going to remember it for a while.
I’m torn over this place. I like it but don’t love it. My sister said that our palates might be spoiled so we expect to be wowed by each dining experience. The spot is cute and chic- very modern with its community seating and as small as your dorm room dining space, very open kitchen, complete with breakfast bar and pizza oven. The food is what I call “good but could be better”. I’ll explain.
|lunch menu (starts at 11 am)|
Sis and I arrived at 10:40, since we wanted to try breakfast items and order off lunch menu starting at 11 am.
We started ourselves off first with whole wheat cheese curls, quiche and cappuccino. The cheese curl is a fancy cheese croissant, and served at the room temperature, which marked the first “could be better” moment. If they had warmed it up a little, I could have loved it. Alas, I did like it. With the poppy seeds it’s an adult cheese pastry. The quiche was good, rich and rather dense. Ham and the goat cheese give it salty, and tart tones to it. Could have been better with more ham and if warmed up! It was a little cold and cold pastry/ pie bottom isn’t much to be desired. The cappuccino was more like latte, with not enough froth. The critical sis wasn’t impressed.
On to the lunch stuff: White Bean Soup (Coleman Farms Cannellini Beans, winter vegetables, Parmigiano Reggiano) and Branzino Ceviche (branzino white fish, fennel hearts, jalapeno, scallions, lime, sea salt). The ceviche portion is small, so be warned that it is not the best value, but it tasted great. Just enough salt, lime and olive oil. Jalapeno wasn’t overpowering. I could eat more of this! The white bean soup is topped by kale, which elevates the dish. But other than that, even the parmesan did little to flavor the soup. Thank goodness for salt on the table. We used that liberally, and it still didn’t quite fix the issue. But at least it wasn’t bland anymore. Once was enough for this dish.
|White Bean Soup|
I took some pastries to go: Blueberry crumb pie and donut holes. Both were good, especially after warmed in the oven at home.
|From top (clockwise): Cheese curl, donut hole & Blueberry crumb pie|
I might (who knows) return to try the pork belly pizza. For now, my verdict stands—that I could grow to like it a lot. A lot more. That, however, remains to be seen.Milo & Olive is located at 2723 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90403 (310.453.6776)