26 Jun 2013

Milse restaurant Auckland, top auckland restaurant, dessert auckland
Situated at the swanky new area of Britomart, Auckland, is the dessert-only restaurant, Milse. Hidden in the alley just beside the sister (or brother) restaurant Ortolana and shoe boutique Kathryn Wilson, Milse's popularity is soaring despite being open for only a couple of months.

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The entrance leads to a narrow corridor of delectable sweets - cabinets full of tarts, verrines, gelati, macarons, gateaux and chocolates. The interior is interesting, with lattice patterned panels lined throughout. It felt like I had entered a cave of forbidden treats.

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Honestly they all were so good it was hard to choose a favourite but if I had to, I probably would choose the raspberry, rose, chocolate and vanilla gateaux just because its pink. 

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Raspberry, Rose, Chocolate & Vanilla
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Chocolate, Orange & Macadamia
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Matcha Green Tea, Passionfruit & White Chocolate
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Valrhona Chocolate, Armagnac & Salted Caramel

Ordering from the cabinet and taking your treats to enjoy in the comfort of your own space is the easy way to go as Milse has a no reservation policy which means the wait for a table can be up to 2 hours. The restaurant is teeny-weeny and seats about 15 people. The a-la-carte menu is only available for dining in in the evenings and the desserts are around $20NZD. A great place to go for a fine dine if you can actually get a table.  You will also definately need the waitress to explain the menu as the descriptions of the desserts are very abstract and vague.  I managed to FINALLY make it in on the third attempt and this is what I tried: 
The "267% Valrhona", which has beetroot, honeycomb and mint, two of the ingredients I dislike very much (don't know why I chose it) but I loved it.
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"Apple", plus salted caramel, feijoa and thyme. 
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The desserts look and taste incredible - quite different to any dessert I've sampled before.  From the crowds which are always at the entrance, this top Auckland restaurant is definitely here to stay so if you can't get on the table waiting list the first dozen times, try a few more!

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