Oh, Mildred’s Temple Kitchen… do you remember the time I came in for lunch and your host totally ignored me? I vowed to never come back to a place that refused business for no reason. But I’m the type of person to forgive (and not forget), so when I found myself at the restaurant on Thursday evening, I was really hesitant because the first experience with my “hangry” state left a really bad taste in my mouth.
We were greeted by a hostess, whom was at least was situated at the front unlike the inattentive host who at the time was chatting with patrons and occasionally glanced at the front to see if there was anyone there (hello!!).
Our server was upbeat and chatty (in a good way), and without her I would be probably continue to perpetuate dislike for this restaurant. She recommended the BBQ Ontario corn with kimchi butter to start. Yummy sweet Ontario corn! Though it could use a bit more kimchi.
I got the Pan Seared Ling Cod ($24) with a medley of leeks, king oyster mushrooms, cabbage, wild rice & snap peas in nori broth. The ling cod had a nice peppery sear on the skin, but the broth was salty that made everything else salty.
Service was pleasant and the restaurant is spacious and airy with an open concept kitchen so you can see the chefs at work. It’s too bad that the food was average. Apparently, Mildred’s Temple Kitchen is the place to go for brunch in Liberty Village, but despite this visit really redeemed the restaurant in my books, I can’t say I’ll make a return visit.
Also, I usually don’t talk about the washroom, but the washroom was so weird! Instead of playing elevator music, or top 40s, it was playing in-flight announcements of how to use life vests and names of people about to miss their flight. Weird!
Edit: February 5, 2017
I recently went to Mildred’s Temple Kitchen for brunch with my brother. You can wait upwards of 1.5 hours for a table during peak weekend brunch. I went during the holiday break with my brother after being bedridden sick for two days with a bad headache, lethargy and cough — just feeling darn terrible. But I had plans to go to places for brunch that usually has an hour wait and day 3 when I felt 90% better, I was determined.
The Lottie Salad – “It Keeps Me Thin, Mrs. Pierce” ($12.95) – frisée salad with oven-roasted mushrooms, rosemary bacon and topped with your choice of two eggs poached or sunny side up.
Mrs. Biederhof’s Legendary Light & Fluffy Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes ($16) – served with Lanark County maple syrup and whipped cream (omitted)
I had the pancakes, which many people rave about — the fluffiness, etc. etc. However, I found it was a little tad dry and not as fluffy as people say. Maybe it was an off day for this.
Mildred’s Temple Kitchen
85 Hanna Ave.