MilkBar is a busy cafe located on King Street, right next to Dendy Cinema. My friends and I had intended to go to Brewtown Newtown, but as I was quite late, they opted for MilkBar instead.
Blackboard at the entrance of MilkBar displaying the specials available
When I arrived, I noticed that the cafe was quite busy, but my friends were all seated already and waiting for me. The ambience of the cafe was cute and simple, with a chalkboard menu displaying specials, with lightbulbs hanging from the ceiling and some potted plants near the entrance of the cafe. They had a large range of cakes on display near the cashier too.
We ordered a few minutes after I arrived, but had to wait a startlingly long time for our meals in comparison to most dining establishments in Sydney. I estimated that we waited about 25-30 minutes for our mains, though we were a group of about six people. Our choices ranged from Zucchini and Haloumi Fritters ($12), the Chicken Quesadilla ($14), the Pumpkin Quesadilla ($14), and a Tuna Nicoise Salad ($15). Our meals didn't sound fairly simple, so I wondered what could be taking them so long. The worst thing about it was that the couple next to us, who had been seated after my arrival, got their dishes before we received any of ours. However, this was forgiven as our dishes arrived shortly after.
For my meal choice, I had the Tuna Nicoise salad, which included tuna, tomatoes, anchovies, cucumber, olives, potatoes, and two hardboiled eggs. The dressing completely saturated all the ingredients of the salad, but at least it wasn't dry.
Tuna Nicoise Salad - too salty for my liking
I didn't mind that the salad was heavy on the dressing, but I found it to be overly salty due to the components of anchovies and olives. Other than that, it was a pretty average salad, and I looked at my friend's dish of Zucchini and Haloumi Fritters with envy.
Zucchini & Haloumi Fritters - one of the better dishes on offer at MilkBar
The Zucchini and Haloumi Fritters were served with a yoghurt sauce and diced tomatoes. My friend also opted for a side of Smoked Salmon ($4.50) which complemented the fritters very well. The yoghurt sauce was nice and creamy, contrasting with the acidity of the tomatoes, and the flavoursome fritters.
Overall I found the food at MilkBar to be of average quality. The price of the food was a little bit cheaper than most cafes around Sydney these days, but with such slow service, my friends and I would have preferred to go somewhere else.
Menu at MilkBar
There was nothing that stood out about the service either. Although I thought the food was average, and let down by slow service; the cafe seems to be quite busy at all times, so it's obviously very popular with the locals. Despite this, MilkBar is not a cafe that I'd bother returning to.
Where: 261A King Street Newtown NSW
Why: Do not even bother going. There are plenty of other cafes in Newtown that would probably be more satisfying.
Cost: Average price is around $14-$15 for breakfast/brunch items, and around $16 for more substantial lunch items.
When: Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner.