When I first went to Mildred's in 2004 I was thoroughly underwhelmed by the experience. The food was so-so and service truely absymal.
I had a better experience in 2008 (including a mushroom pie which inspired me to make my own, much better version), but it's not been on my list of places to rush back too.
In all honesty, it's not a bad restaurant. The food's alright and if it were the only choice in the town I lived then I'd probably go a few times a year. London's got too much choice though, including far better value for money options.
I decided to give it another try recently, simply for dessert after visiting Beatroot for mains.
Service this time round was quite friendly. I sat at the front by the bar and despite the uncomfortable metal seating the experience was quite pleasant.
As my eyes are bigger than my tummy I ordered myself a couple of things and a soya latte.
The raspberry truffle torte was pretty good. It'd got the right balance of creamy / chocolatey / sweet:
As a big wedge on a plate with no accompaniment though the overall effect was lacking something - at £6.40 I'd expect a bit more in the way of specialness - homemade iceream, a biscuit etc.
The banana tofu cheesecake really did taste like it contained tofu (e.g. not in a good way). It was like I'd been transported back to the 80s (infact I'm pretty sure it's an adapted cheesecake recipe from Baskerville's 1986 "The Vegan Cookbook"):
The sliced banana tasted good though and appart from that unmistakable taste of silken tofu; the overall dessert was alright.
On their website they have listed "banana tofu cheesecake with coconut brittle and pina colada icecream". If it'd included the brittle and icecream it'd have been a pretty decent dessert, worth the money. Without it though it just lacked.
The bill came to £16.95 including their "optional" 12.5% service charge (which the first time I refused to pay as the service was so appalling).
£17 for 2 desserts and a coffee is understandable in a premium restaurant like Terre-a-Terre, but Mildred's isn't in the same league as far as I'm concerned. Whilst it's above average, it's still very much in the average camp.
In short: their food isn't worth the prices they charge.
As I walked back to the tube I noticed Mrs Merango's on the same street, which I'd heard about but not visited (nor realised it was located so close). I decided to get a couple of cakes to take home for @cherrivalentine.
I immediately realised that it was the same stuff as Mildreds, but at less than half the price!
I got another slice of the raspberry truffle thing and a carrot cake, both of which made it the 100 mile journey home in more or less one piece:
(at first I thought it was a slice of tomato, but was pleased when it turned out to be orange).
I really enjoyed the carrot cake and would buy it again. Both tasted better with a scoop of icecream.
My advice? Skip Mildred's and go to Mrs Marengo's for dessert. It's the same stuff, at much more realistic prices.
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