Long live the Cabbage Roll

Cabbage roll and pierogies
I left my apartment this evening looking for a quiet restaurant where I could enjoy a beer, read a book, and indulge in some comfort food. Meandering around Yaletown, I stumbled across Milan’s Bistro, which I immediately recognized would satisfy my criteria quite well.

Milan’s is just south of Davie on Hamilton, tucked into a spot between Simply Thai and a building under renovation. Because of the construction, it’s a little tough to spot at the moment, which probably isn’t serving them very well.

The menu is all about Eastern European and Mediterranean comfort food: souvlaki, cabbage rolls, perogies, schnitzels, calamari. Milan’s also has a large appetizer menu and a decent beer list, so it functions equally well as a casual restaurant or a place to have a beer and some wings and watch the Canucks lose to the Anaheim Ducks (strictly as a figure of speech, of course, or . . . nevermind).

The food was good. The caramelized onions on the perogies were worth a visit all by themselves, in fact, and I couldn’t help scraping up the last little onion bits from my plate when I was done with everything else. I also found the service to be warm and friendly, which compensated for the fact that the food was a little slow in arriving. The draught special for the night was an Eisenbock, but I didn’t catch the brewery. I wish I had.

Milan’s also has a deli area up front where you can buy your favourite menu item to take home and save for a rainy day. Too bad the Eisenbock isn’t available to go as well.

Overall, I’m not entirely certain how Slovenian food differs much from Ukrainian or Czech or Slovakian food, at least from what I can tell from this instance of it, but you’ll hear no complaints from me, overall.

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