I'd really like to be able to give this place a higher rating, but it just doesn't live up to the expectations it sets. Mi Lah wants to be an upscale veg restaurant like Horizons, Candle 79, or Counter. Unfortunately, they aren't quite pulling it off (yet?). I do think there's potential here, and I will go back in the future and see if it's improved.
I went here for the prix fixe vegan brunch with my wife and parents. When you sit down they give you a plate of pastries and fruit, and take your drink order right away, which is nice. The pastries included scones and two kinds of mini-muffins.
The scones (poppy seed, I think) were fantastic, dry and rich the way they should be. There were two types of mini-muffins. One was some sort of apple spice with a crumble topping, and it was very good. The other, a blueberry muffin was pretty terrible. It was completely flavorless, and way too dense.
For the brunch itself, three of us ordered the seitan and waffles, and my mother ordered the tofu hollandaise, substituting tempeh bacon for home fries.
The seitan itself was very good, and I liked the batter. It also came with bits of batter-fried onion and parsley. However, some of the seitan chunks were much too large, and I didn't like the overall batter to seitan ratio.
Bizarrely, this dish came with no dipping sauce for the giant mountain of seitan. We asked for ketchup, and they also offered sriracha, but this sort of dish should come with a dipping sauce (or two).
The next mistake was how they served the dish. It all comes on one big plate with the seitan piled high on the waffle. It looks cool, but I ended up waiting til I finished the seitan to start on the waffle. That means the waffle sat there under the pile of (hot, fried) seitan for several minutes. Waffles are best eaten hot and fresh, when they're still crispy. By the time I got to it, it was a little past its prime. I think the waffle would be better if I could've eaten it first.
Yet another oddity was that the waffle was served without margarine, and a rather piddly amount of maple syrup. They did provide more syrup without charge when asked, but c'mon, no margarine? That's wack.
My mother's tofu hollandaise could have been much better. The sauce was really, really vinegary, and while it wasn't bad, it was just wrong. Hollandaise sauce should not taste like that. The tempeh bacon was decent, but would've benefitted from being pan fried in more oil so it could be a bit crispier.
Finally, the service was not up to fancy restaurant standards. No one offered to refill my father's coffee, nor did they provide additional hot water for tea. We had to ask for more water towards the end of the meal, even though there were plenty of servers for the number of diners.
Overall, my impression is that Mi Lah isn't quite there yet. I think there's good potential here, and I'd be interested in trying their non-brunch food. It's still a fairly new place. Hopefully they can work out the rough edges.