Walking through the doors of Victoria’s oldest Milk Bar, that feeling of nostalgia is a good one. Treats, knickknacks and old school paraphernalia line the walls, and you can’t help but let your memory wander back to the days of pocket money and summertime water bomb fights.
Housed in this classic suburban milk bar built in 1915, Milkboy on Fordhams is a morning staple to the local folk of Camberwell. And for good reason too.
The menu isn’t extensive, and it needn’t be. They offer your classics done well, with a twist. The all-day menu features favourites like smashed avo, folded eggs with truffle mushrooms and a MilkBoy Cheese burger. We give a thumbs up to the Fried Chicken Bahn Mi in particular. The classic Vietnamese sambo is given a refresh, with Korean style fried chicken, pickled veg, coriander and green chilli aioli. Served with fries on the side, it had our hearts. Alternatively, if you find yourself in the all too common sweet or savoury brunch dilemma, the coconut granola is a nice compromise. House made coconut granola that errs on the side of savoury is paired with a perfect coconut panna cotta. Raspberries and chocolate coyo to finish had us licking the plate clean.
On the coffee front, Milkboy on Fordhams serves our Forza blend for milk coffees, showcasing our seasonal microlots for all black coffees, including a batch brew. With a barista like Pablo behind the machine, you can be guaranteed a good brew. He’s a familiar face in the industry, having served coffee to Melbourne folk since god knows when. Pablo also makes a mean range of hot sauces, which complimented the Bahn Mi perfectly.
As you can probably guess, Milkboy on Fordhams has nailed the brief for kids too. Aside from the masses of lollies and a menu that features both milkshakes AND spiders, there’s also a playground directly opposite the cafe. And if dogs are more your jam, the outdoor seating has all bases covered for you too.
For a trip down memory lane, and delicious brunch, put Milkboy on Fordhams on your list.