But I never pass up a chance to go to any vegan restaurant, including Millennium, when it presents itself (you can't imagine the luxurious feeling I get when I can pick from ANYTHING on the menu!) so I leapt at the suggestion to celebrate a girlfriend's birthday at the new Millennium in the Rockridge section of Oakland last night.
We decided to splurge on the five course tasting menu...and let's just say we were starting to hit the wall before the main entree arrived. Here's what we were treated to.
Course #1: A Cauliflower Bisque
May have been my favorite course! Creamy, smoky, delicious.
Course #2: Pakora Vegetables on lentil dal
Bonus Course: Fried King Trumpet Mushrooms with a Sweet & Spicy Pepper Jam
Hard to go wrong with deep fried anything (and pepper jam) but these were super tough.
Course #3: Seared Chickpea Cake (also with pakora vegetables)
Pretty close in flavor and ingredients to the second course, so I wish they had perhaps offers something else in this slot.
Course #4: Glazed Smoked Tempeh
I'm not usually a tempeh fan, and I don't cook with it. I don't know why more restaurants don't do more dishes with Seitan, my favorite alternative protein source. All that being said, this was the most palatable tempeh I ever had!
Course #5: And finally, dessert! A sampler platter consisting of a white chocolate/hazelnut truffle, a poached pear/marzipan phyllo purse, a pumpkin cheesecake with date crust, and a dark chocolate ganache with vanilla ice cream.
I didn't try the truffle (don't like white chocolate or hazelnut). The pumpkin cheesecake was good, the ganache delicious, and the marzipan phyllo purse was MY FAVORITE I LOVE MARZIPAN!!!!!
And there it is: Our Five (really six) Course Tasting Menu.
A good time and full belly was had by all.