Milk Bar by Cafe Ish, Redfern
I was sad when I learnt that Josh, owner of Cafe Ish was closing his café in Surry Hills. Thankfully, he wasn’t leaving the industry, he was just relocating. He wanted to do something simpler, no dinners and a lot more ‘fun’ and this is what he has done with the Milk Bar by Café Ish.
The Milk Bar by Café Ish can be found on the busy street of Regents Street in Redfern, on the other side of Redfern Station. I first thought that the café was a lot bigger than his previous Surry Hills café, but was informed that it was the same size, only one level. It’s a lot more spacious, open kitchen, there is an arcade game which I didn’t get to play but will definitely give it a wizz next time I am there.
and there is also a pretty cool juke box!
The menu is a lot simpler – thank goodness the soft shell crab omelette is still on the menu! I would be devastated if he took it off! There are three different types of burgers – cheeseburger simple one is only $5 but can be double or triple sized! Then there is the bacon cheeseburger which again can be double or triple sized and the Hawaiian burger or you can make your own burger. There are also chicken wings, and breakfast dishes such as bacon and egg roll, bake eggs, porridge and salads.
I couldn’t go past Ai’s freaking awesome chicken wings ($13) basket of free range fried chicken wings with a choice of vinegar and shallots sauce, hot sauce or crab sauce. The chicken wings were definitely freaking awesome – crispy and deliciously moist on the inside and the hot sauce – frigging hot! I was told that the crab sauce was to die for! Will definitely have to try that next time.
S had the cheeseburger ($5) – beef pattie, cheese, pickles, ketchup, grilled onions. I didn’t have any of this but was told that it was more than just ‘good’. It was simple but delicious. Size was also perfect – no messing about, it was a good simple cheeseburger!
We also ordered some fries to share which was served with tomato sauce or mayo ($4)
House salads – choice of three – classic, Japanese, Italian (all for $5) and we opt for the Italian – rocket, tomato, balsamic and parmesan. I couldn’t just eat the chicken wings without salad – it felt wrong!
R was there also, and he ordered the chocolate milkshake – it was thick and deliciously chocolate-y (yes, I couldn’t help but have a sip). I personally wouldn’t be able to finish it all and was very impressed that he finished it after demolishing a cheeseburger and chicken wings – yes he ate both!
Just opened on Thursday, this place is giving McDonalds a run for its money in terms of burgers and I can see this place being extremely popular! If you do visit this weekend, be gentle / patient – the first weekend is always the hardest! Josh is definitely great and imaginative with his food, and if you have to wait, the food is definitely worth waiting for! No doubt we will be returning and I will definitely be having the freaking awesome chicken wings again this time with crab sauce and perhaps a cheeseburger too!
There are also cakes and lollies available for purchase, the coffee is good and there are three different types of milkshake – chocolate, from memory raspberry and miso caramel which sounds interesting!
Surry Hills may have lost Café Ish but Redfern has definitely gained a wonderful Milk Bar!
16th July – Came back again on the weekend as I was craving the awesome chicken wings!
This time though, I had it with the crab sauce, which is the same as the sauce on the soft shell crab omelette and oh my… it was absolutely delicious! Loved it that we had to get TWO serving! Ok there were three of us, my brother and sis-in-law and we can ALL EAT!
Also got a side of Japanese salad – pickled daikon, carrot, cabbage and wasabi mayo – YUM!
F, my brother, couldn’t go past the bacon cheese burger and fries. He loved the burger – one of the nicest he has had for a while!
and of course, the soft shell crab omelette is still there and as good as ever! Thank goodness its still on the menu!
Get your burger fix and the awesome chicken wings! oh YEAH!
GA’s ratings: 8.5 / 10
Milk Bar by Café Ish
1 / 105 Regents Street