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Published October 4th 2015
Eat at a simple & rustic cafe in Newtown
Conveniently located next to Dendy Cinema Newtown, MilkBar Newtown was filled with buzz and relaxed vibe on a lazy Monday, which was why my friend and I were more than prepared to give this place a try.
Upon walking in, we immediately liked MilkBar's simple yet rustic ambience, with a chalkboard menu displaying specials, lightbulbs hanging from the ceiling and potted plants near cafe's entrance. We couldn't help but salivate to their large range of cakes and biscuits on display near the cashier as well.
Looking around, I noticed a variety of diners in this cafe. People reading a book while eating a bowl of chips. People madly typing on their laptop while sipping on an iced coffee. Couples sharing a meal and smiling. Families sipping on their respective milkshakes. The list goes on.
What complemented the environment was the great service displayed by the staff. My friend and I took forever (And I mean, at least 15 minutes!!) to decide on what we wanted for afternoon tea. We couldn't really pinpoint how hungry we were at 4pm- the most awkward time of the day to eat. Nevertheless, while the staff kept returning to see if we were ready, there was no sign of frustration or impatience whatsoever when we consistently replied with: "No, not yet. Just a sec!" In fact, they always held a bright and chirpy smile as they came by our booth and walked away.
Our food and drink didn't take long to arrive, which was such a relief. I opted for a dairy-free "Fresh Fruit Whip" ($4.50), which was essentially a fruit salad put into a blender. On such a hot day, it was so refreshing to have every sip of that cold fresh blend. I could taste an amalgamation of various fruits, and the overall taste seemed very fresh to me. I didn't mind the fact that I didn't know what the exact fruits were, it only mattered to me that it tasted so delicious and fresh. All in all, a very healthy afternoon drink that I would have on any given day. I mean, look at the red and white straws that are made from paper!
My friend chose to have a freshly squeezed orange juice ($3.50). When it first came out, she thought it was "too orange in colour" to be freshly squeezed, but after an initial sip, she immediately took her words back. It was fresh. It was orangey. It was what she needed on a hot day.
We also shared a "Chicken and mushroom penne with basil pesto" ($16). When it was placed onto the table, we both looked at each other in delirium because of the lingering aroma. The pesto was cooked to perfection, which blended well with the penne. There was a nice balance between the mushroom, chicken and cheese. It's a simple dish can't go wrong, and MilkBar did a pretty damn good job to deliver this. I guess the only criticism I have is that it was really oily, but a lot of the time that is to be expected when I dine out and order pasta.
Overall, MilkBar was a pleasantly simple cafe that I would return to. I now understand why this place seems to be loved by so many locals. MilkBar even offers takeaway options for every item on the menu. So when you're in a rush to watch a movie next door at Dendy, rushing into the city for work or just simply want to chill somewhere else, MilkBar can and will cater for you.