Vegas Values come in many forms, today’s pick isn’t discounted, a deal or a freebie. In fact it’s quite the splurge, but it is a unique experience. Restaurateur Costas Spiliadis has brought the one and only Greek restaurant to the Las Vegas strip. However, Estiatorio Milos at the Cosmopolitan is more refined than those with gyros on the menu and blue and white décor. Don’t get me wrong, there is a place for joints like the Fat Greek which is near and dear to my heart. It’s just that Milos delivers an elegance that I’ve never experienced previously with Greek cuisine. The restaurant claims to have the best the world has to offer, and on many levels it does deliver.
This year we had a slightly untraditional Christmas celebration. We declared it a Greek Christmas. Our party of five gathered at Milos on Christmas Eve. We were promptly seated in the center of the dashing main dining room. Additional seating is available on the swank patio overlooking the strip. These will be prime tables once the patio opens, it is currently closed while they work out the kinks during the property’s soft opening. However, the Milos team was well-tuned on our visit, which was a pleasant surprise considering the restaurant was just a week old.
Sides and salads start at $15 and run up to $46 or market price, but everything is served in large portions with sharing in mind. There is also a raw menu with a varied selection. Entrees are priced from $42-$48, and fresh fish imported daily from the Mediterranean is sold by weight at market price. Most of the fish selections cost $50/pound with a 3-pound minimum.
We started with the Milos Special ($27), Spreads ($15) and Scallops ($18). We snacked on fresh bread and Spiliadis’ sister’s Extra Virgin Olive Oil (it is packaged in Greece). The Milos Special was mound of delicious paper-thin slices of eggplant and zucchini that are lightly breaded, beautifully fried and served with cool and creamy tzatziki sauce. Cubes of Graviera cheese (saganaki preparation) dress the plate, these little bites are so tasty your party will be fighting over the last one. The spreads included tzatziki, hummus, split pea and taramosalata (pureed cod roe). While all were tasty, it was the tzatziki and hummus that were the crowd favorites. The scallops were tender yet perfectly seared to lock in that sweet flavor. They could only be better if there were more of them.
The lamb chops ($48) were mighty tempting, but we all agreed to choose a fish from the fish market. We walked over, received a lesson in the offerings and we chose a 6-pound Fagri for $49/lb. The fish is weighed, and that’s the price you pay per person (there is about 1.5 lbs. of waste). Pricey? Yes, but it is a unique experience and it’s not every day that you can enjoy a fresh fish from the Mediterranean. Especially, not here, in the Mojave desert. The fish is salt-baked and fileted at the table. It’s a treat to watch Executive Chef Pericles Koskinas break into the crust, pull away the skin and de-bone the fish with such finesse. Everyone received their share topped with olive oil and capers, and it was accompanied by a healthy helping of farmer’s market kale. The flavors are simple to allow the freshness and true tastes to manifest. The salt locks in the moisture during baking leaving a supremely juicy fish.
Service was prompt and friendly throughout. A few beers, a cocktail and a glass of Greek wine were ordered, along with a couple iced teas, the final tab was about $100/person. Spendy for your average meal, but reasonable for a special occasion with a group. I do believe Milos is best experienced with a crowd, it not only provides the best bang for your buck, but also the opportunity to sample a variety of dishes.
Estiatorio Milos at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas 3708 Las Vegas Blvd. South