Leave this retro cafe with a warm and fuzzy feeling and rocking one hell of a milk moustache.
Elizabeth Penrose
Published on March 19, 2014
Updated on August 16, 2016


The aptly named Milk channels an old school milk bar with a touch of American diner atmosphere. The interior has obvious throwbacks to the 1950s achieved through the striped awnings, a charming photo feature wall of three men in newsboy hats and the milk bar menu itself. Its bold yellow colour palate and sleek finishing ensures Milk is firmly cemented in the chic retro category avoiding a dated and daggy look.

Milk stands out on Ashgrove Avenue because of its bright yellow exterior and like bees to honey, it was our chosen cafe for a weekend treat. Before you could say, "oh my god, they make spiders!" quite a few team members had already said hello with genuine warm smiles. As Milk is counter service, joining growing line of hungry diners and ogling the stocked cabinets which were filled with sweet and savoury baked goods seemed like a good idea. Along with the caramel vanilla malted milkshake, the chocolate brownie was also sending telekinesis messages that screamed, "eat me". The chocbanana malted milkshake and red lentil and pumpkin vegie burger with satay sauce, fresh lettuce and tomato on a toasted bun were also selected from the lunch menu.

The presentation of the milkshakes is noteworthy as they arrive on your table in a milkshake's rightful home, a large metal cup. At $5.50, their malted milkshakes are fairly reasonably priced and are absolutely delicious. The deluxe thickshakes, however, attempt to upstage the humble milkshake and are presented in a retro glass with a chunky rim of chocolate encrusted with hundreds and thousands.

While the food was served up relatively quickly and the staff were faultless in their service, sadly, the brownie was not quite up to the standard of the heavenly milkshakes as it was a little dry. The veggie burger had a generous filling and the thick red lentil and pumpkin pattie was a nice lighter option to regular beef. Basically, it was just a tasty, well-done burger. But alas, the cafe is called Milk for a reason. So, if you love a home-made milkshake you'll leave the place feeling warm and fuzzy and rocking one hell of a milk moustache.

If you haven't yet checked out our list of the Best Milkshakes in Brisbane, do yourself a favour and have a squizz. Or, head to Milk yourself and find out why it earned it's place amongst the milk-gods of our town.


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