First look at Chinatown's new plant-based restaurant "MILA"

Aug 20 2020, 10:39 pm

Vancouver’s historic Chinatown is about to get a new must-try culinary destination: MILA.

The new plant-based eatery is slated to open at 185 Keefer Street, the former location of Juniper Kitchen & Bar, which shuttered at the end of 2019.

Sister restaurant to popular family of plant-based pizza and ice cream spots Virtuous Pie, MILA’s fare will be internationally inspired and incorporate some Asian flair too.

MILA’s food program was developed by¬†Red Seal Chef, Jim Vesal, who’s put together a selection of elevated yet approachable globally inspired dishes.

Once it’s open, patrons can look forward to devouring offerings such as Mushroom and Sausage Tagliatelle made with pistachio pesto cashew cream, sausage, wild mushrooms, and fresh parmesan, as well as¬†MILA‚Äôs signature Smash Burger and Aburi Lox Oshi made with cured carrot lox, Aburi sauce, shiso, and serrano peppers.


MILA Executive Chef Jim Vesal (Courtesy MILA)

“We’re thrilled to debut MILA’s one-of-a-kind menu to Vancouverites this September
with the goal of introducing dishes that diners haven‚Äôt seen before,‚ÄĚ says Executive
Chef Jim Vesal.

‚ÄúMILA is for people with all types of dietary preferences and restrictions ‚Äď not just vegans and vegetarians ‚Äď as well as anyone seeking a lively space to celebrate special occasions, or simply dine out with friends and family on a weeknight.‚ÄĚ


Courtesy MILA

When it comes to beverages, diners will be able to sip on original creations such as the Smoky MILA Sour made with bourbon, cane syrup, vegan foamer, and an Ardbeg float, and the Orange Crush, a combo of pale ale, gin, cane syrup, and blood orange soda to name a few.

Folks can also expect a selection of wine, craft beer, and cider up for order here.

The new 100-seat restaurant will operate with 82 seats upon opening to abide by COVID-19 safety measures.

MILA will be open in early September, we’ll let you know when the exact opening date is revealed. Until then, stay up to date by following the restaurant’s social channels.


Address: 185 Keefer Street, Vancouver


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