Hi there! I'm Sammie, a Malaysian who's a lover of unicorns, bargains and adventures.
Published October 3rd 2012
Will Milkaholic make you addicted to their dessert?
Milkaholic is a relatively new dessert bar just off the Parade in Norwood. It's a dessert and breakfast bar but I was only interested in dessert so I can't comment about their breakfast menu. If you're a sweet tooth like me, their dessert menu only opens at 7.30pm. If you're after the breakfast, note that they only do the breakfast menu on weekends.
[ADVERT]My first impression of the place was, 'Wow okay, it's kind of dark in here.' It was cute that they stuck a ton of posters and vintage picture frames on the wall; it added to the character of the place. It's a bit narrow when you first enter but if you continue on further into the cafe, it opens up into a wider space at the end. That's where my companion and I were seated.
My second impression of the place was, 'Wow okay, it's REALLY dark in here.' Please forgive the not-so-stellar pictures because it's really hard to take good pictures in near pitch black darkness. I have no idea why they decided it was a good idea to seat their customers in such a poorly lit area. Perhaps it's to cater to the whole romantic candlelight dinner scene? I think that only works when you can actually see your partner's face.
In case you think I'm exaggerating the darkness, the staff will actually give you a little wind-up torchlight so you can see their menu. I'll admit that was a novelty experience. My companion and I first decided on some drinks; after all, if it's called Milkaholic, their milk-based drinks should be something to talk about, right?
On the left we have the peanut butter toffee milk and ice cream, a delightful smoothie that is really bursting with the peanut butter flavour. On the right is something called the Donkey Kong: a smoothie with frozen bananas, chocolate milk and ice cream. I'm usually an instant fan of anything that combines chocolate and banana and I must say that the Donkey Kong was really a top notch blend of the two flavours, probably one of the best chocolate-banana smoothies I've ever had. So yes, their milk smoothies were amazing and definitely deserving of praise.
Milkaholic offers both Western and Asian desserts, with the former containing more chocolate-y items and the latter using more fruits. We both decided it would be a refreshing change to our palate if we got some fruit-based desserts.
I ordered the mangomisu. It's a mango sponge cake soaked with lychee liqueur. It had slices of mango fruit in the layers of the cake, a coconut whipped mascarpone, more mangoes in the form of ice cream and all drizzled with raspberry ink. The cake texture was quite soft and smooth but I didn't quite like the overall blend of the three different fruits. It felt like each was trying to steal the show and overpower the other two; they didn't complement each other very well. Probably not something I would order again.
My partner got the durian fruit panna cotta with a serve of durian ice cream. If you've never heard of durian before, it's this spiky fruit from southeast Asia that has the most pungent smell but a creamy, custard-like taste. Personally I can't stand it but my partner absolutely loves durian. The panna cotta and ice cream both tasted very strongly of durian but my partner said that it wasn't as great as he imagined it to be. Perhaps it's because the durian fruit is not readily available and only the frozen type is used instead of fresh durian.
I've got mixed feelings about Milkaholic. I enjoyed the drinks but the dessert let me down a little. Because it was so dark, it was kind of hard to see what I was putting in my mouth. Maybe that was the idea behind the almost zero lighting; that if you weaken one sense the other four becomes stronger. So take away the sense of sight, and your sense of taste should get better? But unfortunately that didn't help with my tasting of the dessert as I found it just average. Perhaps I should give Milkaholic another try and instead opt for one of their Western desserts this time.