Restaurant: Mildred's Temple Kitchen
Location: Liberty Village
Address: 85 Hanna Ave
Price Range: $15~
1: Poor 2: OK 3: Good 4: Very Good 5: Excellent
* Patio avail
* Takes reservations
* Breafast/Brunch on weekends
* Gluten free friendly
Will you believe me if I say I've never been to the Liberty Village before? I've heard of the area many times but just never occured me to visit restaurants there. However, Mildred's Temple Kitchen has been on my 'go to restaurant' list for awhile so I thought I would check it out during Summerlicious. Mildred's Temple Kitchen offered both lunch for $20 and dinner for $35 for Summerlicious 2013. Even before I went inside, I was already impressed by service of Mildred's Temple Kitchen staff- offering free water and watermelon for people passing by to fight the heat wave.
It was too hot for patio on the day I went, but the patio was so beautiful with the picnic table and artificial patches of green grass.
Once I walked in, I fell in love instantly- with overall green color theme, large windows letting in natural sunlight, high ceilings and spacious seating area it was def my type of restaurant.
My friend and I couldn't get over how the restaurant was designed, we kept on ah'ing and oh'ing every minute.
I didn't really feel like drinking alcohol because it was so hot outside and you know how Asians can get with the flush! So I just ordered a lemonade which was very refreshing for $6.
My friend had the perfect summer cocktail, Watermelon smash made with Bombay Gin.
Our meal started off with Warm cheddar thyme biscuit with whipped apple buttle + spiced pecans. Biscuit was served hot and flakey and the whipped apple butter added a nice creaminess which made it melt in my mouth.
For appetizer, I had the Shrimp & crab cakes made with crunchy panko crusted cakes with jicama, kafir lime and fresh cilantro served with chili lime emulsion. The shrimp and crab cake wasn't too heavy with the panko crust and it was a nice appetizer to start the meal.
For main, I had the Red wine braised bison short rib with soft herbed polenta, garlic sauteed greens and jus. This was so good! it was plated beautifully and the short rib was cooked perfectly, it melted in my mouth. Soft herbed polenta was seasoned well and I just loved this dish.
My friend had the Panko fried chicken with warm gingered bean salad, citrus soy vinaigrette and scallion emulsion. The panko crust added a nice crunch to the chicken and made it nice and light.
For dessert, I had the Chocolate marquis with whipped cream, salt caramel and pretzel crumble. The bitterness of chocolate marquis was evened out by sweet salt caramel and the pretzel crumble added a nice texture.
My friend had the Harvest honey cake with seasonal fruit compote, whipped cream and toasted oats.
Summary: I absolutely loved my meal at Mildred's Temple Kitchen! I can't wait to go back and try their regular dinner service. Also I would like to try their brunch out on the patio when it's not so hot anymore.