Milk Bar by Cafe Ish, Redfern


The oppress­ive heat of our Australian sum­mer finally cooled down to make a lengthy walk to Milk Bar by Cafe Ish com­fort­able. This time, I was keen to try their more sig­na­ture dishes.


The Milk Bar by Cafe Ish is known for its vast selec­tion of milk­shakes. I have a weak­ness for all things lime, so the Coola Hoola with vanilla ice cream and house­made lime syr­up was the obvi­ous choice. The milk­shake came out the most beau­ti­ful pas­tel green. It was rather milky, which was to be expec­ted. The lime fla­vour that shone through was more of a lime cor­di­al fla­vour without any of the zesty fla­vour of fresh limes. That was a tad dis­ap­point­ing.


But the Crab with Chips ($15.50) is what I made the trek for! This is a half size por­tion of their karaage soft shell crab omelette with avo­cado and shal­lots, drizzled with a sauce of chilli, gar­lic, soy and ginger, and served with a side of chips and half a lime.


The fla­vours of this omelette are quint­es­sen­tially Japanese — it’s like eat­ing in a Tokyo cafe … except you’re in Redfern, a sub­urb where an asso­ci­ation with any­thing Asian is the last thing you’d expect. But it works — the soft shell crab is crispy and the gen­er­ous avo­cado held it togeth­er nicely inside the omelette. The avo­cado also cut through the oth­er­wise rather salty, though tasty, sauce. The chips were noth­ing spe­cial, though they did sat­is­fy a fluffy thick cut chip crav­ing I’d had all week.

Milk Bar by Cafe Ish is loc­ated at 105 Regent St, Redfern NSW 2016.