4.2/5 on the Foodie Foursome Index
4.0/5 on the Fancy/Hip Scale
Model Milk and Model Citizen should serve as the Model for the new food scene in YYC. From beginning to end, every aspect of the experience feels tailored to fit the environment… now don’t get me wrong, I am not saying it is perfect, but I am saying that all the details have been meticulously chosen to convey an overwhelming feeling of continuity in brand. The waiter’s snappy beard and one liner’s, the foods smoked taste and aesthetically pleasing presentation, and even the rooms dimly lit and brightly colored space built the brand that is Model Milk. This review has been a touch on the serious side for me, so I will also say the “gouda cheese puffs” sparked some interesting conversation on the discrepancies between “Cheese Puffs” and “Cheetos”, which believe me, as a “Cheese Puffs” man myself… the differences are AMPLE.
From service, environment, food, and value (our 4 point rating scale) Model Milk managed to meticulously, methodically, and miraculously maintain and match most of many major aspects that help make their restaurant unique.
Now if you go to this restaurant don’t be fooled. Despite having the word milk in their name and a cow on the front door, there are no milkshakes, chocolate milk, or ice cream cones. What they do have however is some pretty awesome service and tasty food!
I have to take some space to say that our server was one of the nicest, most knowledgeable and timely servers that I have had in a while! He saved me from ordering a wine that was too dry for my pallet and even let me have a few tasters just to be sure. He was also completely honest about the menu, which was very refreshing. If you ever hear a waiter say “everything here is good” then you know they can’t be trusted.
If you are a picky eater this may not be the best place as they have some more unique menu items including bone marrow, rabbit meat and a variety of fishes. We had the brisket which was on special and it was pretty spectacular. It was tender and had a smoked Stampede BBQ flavor. They paired it with Hoisin sauce and lettuce leaves for wrapping which was a really great flavor combination. As a side it had warmed up buns which are basically happiness itself so it was safe to say I was a happy camper.
Will and Nicole’s Review
The service was amazing! Our server was definitely one of the most knowledgeable servers we have had in a long time. He really knew the wine selection. By us describing what we were looking for or what we usually get, he was able to find a specific wine on the spot that we each thoroughly enjoyed. With all our different tastes and needs, this seemed like a great feat.
We felt the menu was a tad overwhelming. The menu did not have a large selection but with all the different dishes listed in front of you, we found it hard to find something that we recognized or familiarized with. Our server was also able to describe the special in amazing detail, making it sound so appetizing! This was the main reason we decided to get the brisket. The braised meat was falling apart before we dug in, and the idea of sharing the plate between each couple with bread and lettuce (something different that we would not have thought of) was awesome.
The ambiance was nice with a close intimate space; however, the music was on the louder side with a slightly interesting selection. We have nothing overly negative to say about the place and would definitely recommend it to anyone getting together with friends or looking for someplace to go on a date. Personally, we found that without being able to feel at home or in a place that we felt really comfortable in, we will not be going on a regular basis, but it is definitely a place we will try again on a special occasion. All in all, it was an experience that everyone should try.