I have never been to Redfern on a Sunday, let alone a weekend. Actually, I hardly ever go to the city on the weekend fullstop. I don't have time to stop and have breakfast at cafes on the days that I work, and the thought of travelling far on my days off just for a bite isn't that appealing. But I've heard ALOT about Cafe Ish when it still operated in Surry Hills, and im filled with regret at never going when it was open. So when I heard that they had started their new business venture, Milk Bar, in Redfern, I knew I had to check it out. And so, one glorious Sunday morning, I found myself with a bunch of friends heading down the relatively deserted streets of Redfern to check Milk Bar out, actually to celebrate the birthday of one of the girls. We got shouted at a couple of times from rowdy passersby in their cars, which is pretty unnerving simply because we are in Redfern =P. I naturally used to get off at Redfern station daily to get to uni, but its pretty different when there's not so many people around....
Anyways, after incorrectly observing the direction in which the street numbers went more than once, traipsing up and down Regent Street like idiots, we finally arrived at Milk Bar! It looks like your average cafe with a relatively small seating area and the service area smack bang in the middle churning out what smells like pure deliciousness. All the tables were full except for one which was perfectly sized for our group of 5 and we were handed our clipboard menus. Having people in our party who've been to Cafe Ish before, and those who religiously check the menu before they go out to eat (i.e. moi) most of us already knew what we wanted haha.
Absolutely LOVED the PB&J Milkshake!! Omggg salted peanut butter ice cream and jam swirls and bits of crushed peanuts....omg I have been craving this ever since. So rich and so thick, I swear it's a meal in itself.
My friend got the other milkshake I had been eyeing - the Miso Caramel Milkshake. I don't really recall what miso tastes like so I thought I'd stick with the safe option. But omg I tasted it and WOW its so caramelly!! Clearly the miso goes well with it!
The food here is much better than I anticipated! I was like, meh chicken wings, might as well go to KFC (which I hate), but WOAH! Ai's Freakin Awesome Chicken Wings are amazing! Its clearly the sauce that makes it. Having read many reviews it looked like foodies reckon the crab sauce is the best, but when we went to order, Josh, one of the owners, told us in the middle of cooking said chicken wings, that the vinegar and shallot sauce was way better and that the "other people don't know shit" hahahahah! Well, I believed him, and it tasted amazing.
I got the House Toast and Jam which was a MASSIVE chunk of sourdough, nothing special.
A couple of girls got the Bacon and Egg Roll and Cheeseburger which looked goooood!! I don't like eating savoury things first thing in the morning, so I'll probs go back to try those out another day.
Having said the above, I just HAD to try the Soft Shell Crab Omelette so I made a small exception, which no surprise was a standout, I was very impressed even though I don't really like egg. But there was soooo much filling I could hardly taste the egg so yay!
We of course over-ordered, since we pretty much got there for brunch and we were all starving. But it was so worth it! I wanted to get some of the tarts and slices they had on offer but I was waaaay too full, so defs on my next visit.
And another thing, the hospitality of the staff there is so great =). Josh was really nice, made jokes and shit, even posted a pic of us on his Twitter with a funny caption =P. Unfortunatley didnt get to play on the novelty PacMan table which is an EPIC idea, I'm so keen to go back!!
Milk Bar by Cafe Ish
105 Regent St
Redfern NSW 2016
Ph: (02) 9000 0000