I went to Millennium last night for the very first time. My date and I each ordered a small plate and an entree; she got the winners and I got the duds.
We were offered a starter of bread and some kind of hummus-type spread, both of which were really nothing special.
My date ordered Millys Wilted Spinach & Bitter Greens Salad (heirloom apples, smoked tofu, ume marinated red cabbage, red onions, ginger-red miso vinaigrette, sesame-chile Togarashi). This was seriously the best salad I have ever eaten in my life. The flavors went together so well and I have absolutely no idea how they were able to get the tofu to suck up all that marinade but it was delicious. It was a decently sized portion as well considering that it was "gourmet." It was so good and filling that I didn't even care that it was $11.25, and let me tell you that is something that I would never, ever say about a salad.
My starter was the Seared Potato Gnocchi (vanilla braised fennel & celery root, sherried pumpkin cashew cream, sweet pepperonata, fried sage). The gnocchi itself was quite delicious: I loved that it was super creamy and just slightly browned. The cashew cream left something to be desired and I am pretty sure I could replicate this in my own kitchen. I died a little inside when I got my plate of food and counted maybe 7 little bits on gnocchi dumplings on the plate. I was expecting a tiny portion but still thought this was just a tad ridiculous. Nevertheless, we were both pretty full after consuming our small plates.
On to the entrees. She ordered some sort of peanut and coconut glazed tempeh dish (not currently listed on their online menu so can't I say for sure) with a sauteed spinach and some raw daikon and pears for garnish. The first bite of tempeh was great, but it went downhill from there. At first it had a great coconut-y crust but it didn't hold up over time. The vegetables were very good but honestly just tasted like some really good thai food. This dish was $22.50.
Finally, I ordered the Pumpkin Tamale (pozole rojo with pinquito beans & corn hominy, braised greens & Jimmy Nardello peppers, spicy pumpkin seed-cilantro emulsion, avocado, radish & jicama salad). I am pretty sure my version was actually made with serrano peppers. This came with some lackluster sauteed spinach that totally lacked any flavor besides garlic. The tamale was ok but I'm guessing I cold get a better one at La Loma (Minneapolis). The mole sauce was made with some kind of wine, which in my opinion was overpowering. The avocado was just that and the radish and jícama salad was reminiscent of an organic co-op deli. It wasn't bad, but at $23.50 I was kind of expecting magic.
The much abridged version of this review is: the food is pretty good, and some of it downright delicious, but don't come hungry, on a budget, or expecting magic.