Welcome to the world of milkshakes, booth seating, burgers and banana splits. Daisy’s Milkbar definitely has a menu that represents the classic milkbar very well. It throws everything at you that you’d expect and then some!
While seating, outside is minimal, there’s plenty inside. Word has obviously spread because despite the number of tables, there weren’t enough spare seats for us. We endured a fifteen minute wait and you will need to do the same if you’re not in early! The interior is very cutesy: light pastel colours, a stand where you can add various cordials to your water and a whole stack of sweets for you to purchase.
Waiting for our table afforded us plenty of time to choose our breakfast. Looking at all of the delicious-sounding items, I had high hopes!
Double Roasters is the bean of choice at Daisy’s. Everyone around the table enjoyed their coffees ($3.50) although I would have preferred mine stronger. There was an issue with one of our coffee orders going missing but they arrived quite quickly after informing the barista. There were some other service issues throughout the morning and overall it just wasn’t up to an expected standard.
Affogatos and iced coffees ($5 each) are also available. Pots of tea ($3.50) are offered in the basic flavours: English Breakfast, Earl Grey, citron green and peppermint.
But wait, there’s more! Spiders (creaming soda, lime, cola, $5), a banana smoothie ($6) as well as freshly squeezed juices (orange, pear & apple or pineapple celery & ginger, $6) don’t even round off the drinks as there are local and imported sodas on offer too!
There is a wide variety of milkshakes ($5) available and I had big expectations for my strawberry version. It certainly looked promising when it arrived in the tall milkshake mixer. I’m going to be very critical here because I think that if you’re in a milkbar, you should expect some unreal shakes. I found that the consistency was slightly more liquid than I was hoping; some more ice cream was needed. There was also an overabundance of sweetness, a slight artificial strawberry overload.
Other flavours available are chocolate, vanilla malt, lime, caramel or banana. Soy milkshakes cost $2 extra.
There are five varieties of jaffle available but as soon as I saw the ingredients of Ucella’s jaffle ($6) I was sold! Pulled pork and macaroni n cheese! I enjoyed my jaffle but I would have preferred more filling. The photo is deceiving because with each bite, it seemed as though I was chewing more bread than anything else. Perhaps extra cheese would have done the trick?
The other variants available are Harry’s jaffle (baked beans, cheese and oregano), Greg’s jaffle (bolognese sauce) or Zander’s jaffle (Nutella and banana).
The eggs Benny roll ($9) was a winner according to one of my guests. The egg was poached perfectly, the avocado was “sufficiently smashed” (his words) and the roll was crispy and flavoursome!
The baked eggs ($16) dish comes with a very liquid tomato base. Bread is served on the side to scoop all of this up which is a definite plus. The sauce isn’t very “spicy” as mentioned in the menu and overall my guest thought that the dish had been cooked a bit too long (especially the egg). The Persian feta throughout didn’t really add too much flavour in my guest’s opinion but he enjoyed the chorizo. This can be swapped for roast capcisum if you prefer a vegetarian option.
The avo toast ($8.50) is a simple offering with smashed avocado on toast but it is livened up with seasoning, heirloom tomatoes and herbs. My guest added a hash brown ($4), one of many sides available. I would have thought that for $4, there would be more hash brown; add two sides and you’ve almost reached $10… Regardless my guest loved her dish and would order this again as the tomatoes and avocado had definitely been prepared with care.
The breakfast burrito ($12) is presented cleanly and simply, cut in half so that you can view the cross section of deliciousness within. You’ll find scrambled egg, bacon, potato, jalapeno and plenty of spices. I would have loved to have found more bacon within mine as I mostly bit into potato (which was very nicely cooked and seasoned, mind you). I enjoyed this overall as it was flavoursome and well constructed. Nothing about it screamed “I must have this again” though.
Despite the number of dishes that we tried, there are still quite a few left! Bacon and egg roll (with BBQ sauce and caramelised onion, $10), toasted muesfli with natural yoghurt, honey and seasonal fruit ($11), big breakfast (bacon, eggs, hash brown, beans, roast tomato, avocado and toast, $19) and the pesto eggs (scrambled eggs with pesto and Persian feta on toast, $15) among them.
I’m skipping the lunch menu (because as regular readers would know, that’s what we do here at SoS) and I’m jumping straight to dessert which mostly sounded delicious! Choc fudge sunday (scoop each of vanilla bean, chocolate and strawberry jam ice cream with chocolate fudge sauce, hot choc chip walnut cookies, flaked almonds, whipped cream and a cherry on top, $14), salted caramel banana split (a banana, a scoop each of vanilla bean, chocolate and strawberry jam ice cream, salted caramel sauce, toffee brittle, honeyed macadamias, whipped cream and a cherry on top, $14) or the ice cream sandwich (vanilla bean ice cream sandwiched between fudgy chocolate cookies topped with balsamic strawberries, $9).
For such a young café, Daisy’s Milkbar certainly shows promise. There are some teething problems with service and in my opinion perhaps such a brave menu needs to be culled back to fewer dishes done extremely well but with a solid early fan base, I’m excited to see what they offer in the future.
Overall Rating: 16.5/25
Website: http://daisysmilkbar.com/ and https://www.facebook.com/daisysmilkbar
Phone: 8065 3466
Address: 340 Stanmore Road, Petersham, 2049
Payment Options: Credit card, EFTPOS, cash