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Published June 28th 2016
Classic old school milkbar
In an age of fruitty frappes and green smoothies it is hard to know where the milkshake fits in to the drink menu of a modern cafe. Milkbar cafe in Ashgrove has found a home for a not so humble range of luxurious, indulgent and eye-catching milk and thickshakes for today's palette.
The entrance to Milk
Creamy, colourful and tempting shakes turn an ordinary milk drink into an extravaganza of froth and bubble. Original milkshakes start at $5.50 through to $8.90 for grander options.I chose the decadent deluxe Nutella thickshake which almost looked like a work of art with its baby pink marshmellows, thin wafer biscuits and a coating of chochlate around the rim of the glass. The creme brulee thickshake was a close second.
With a sunny yellow and white colour scheme, the indoor style of the cafe is inspired by the 50s - think booth seating,the Beach Boys bursting out of the speakers and the reminder when life seemed much simpler. An outdoor area at the back of the cafe is relaxed with accupulco chairs to lounge in. Being located in the Ashgrove Shopping Centre there is a two level car park.
Inside Milkbar Cafe
Milkbar Cafe's range of authentic, classic burgers from the gourmet beef, the cheese and the Queensland burger range from $14.90 to $16.90. "Wicked", thickly cut chips provide the perfect companion and round off the old milkbar experience. Fresh salads and all all day breakfast are also available.
Staff of this local family owned business (many of whom live in the area) are friendly, eager to please and full of youthful exuberance.
Gillian, thank you for this article - it's important that good local services receive some publicity.
One question, though - the photos look as if the milkshakes come in disposable cardboard containers rather than heavy-based fluted glasses. Surely not?