The old Mitcham milkbar has had new life breathed into it, thanks to the Madram boys, Dan McDonald and Mark Andersen.
These best mates opened their second venue, Mylkbar, earlier this year. The name was inspired by the location’s history, and the boy’s vision to create a Milkbar with a twist. Back in prohibition days, folks would go to a milkbar to have milkshakes, play arcades, and take food home for dinner. Mark and Dan believed with the change in trend towards healthful lifestyles, they’d offer a healthy version of the traditional milkbar, with that same traditional vibe.
ar focuses on offering a clean and healthy approach to both takeaway and dine in food. The main focus of the dine-in menu created by Jason Jarvis, are the nourishing bowls, with Mexican, Thai, Vegan, and Asian themes. There are also Smoothie Bowls, which are vibrant and nutrient rich, such as the Two Seas with spirulina, banana, pineapple, avo, berries, hemp seed, and coconut water. Breakfast includes Breakfast Smashed Avo with beetroot hummus and burrata; a breakfast bowl with poached eggs, house beans, avo, mushrooms, kale and spinach; and a selection of kids options.
For those with limited time, there are Rolls, Sandwiches, Smoothies, Juices, and of course, milkshakes! What caught my attention immediately, were the old school lollies at the front counter, and the ice-cream chest with childhood favourites like the Bubble O Bill. It’s no surprise kids make a bee line straight for the Streets ice-cream, which pays homage to the old milkbar.
Moona Projects are responsible for the clean and functional interior, which uses similar timber as MadRam, with the one striking difference being the black espresso machine and grinders. Milk is sourced locally from The Milk Guys, with alternative milk from Minor Figures and Milk Lab.
Coffee is thanks to the team from Toby’s Estate, and I thoroughly enjoyed the sweet cherry flavours of the naturally processed Myaing from Myanmar as an espresso. Head Barista Gee Kim brewed me a special Mexican Gesha, which is a hydro naturally processed lot from Finca Chelin. It tasted much like Negroni, with sweet winey tones.
Mylk ar is open 7 days a week, and can be found at 1/544 Mitcham Road, Mitcham.