Julien Moussi has a thing for milk bars. The cafe mogul, who runs group Only Hospitality, has converted many of them to open cafes and stores including Stanley, Vermont General Store and Willim. This nostalgic corner spot pays subtle homage to milk bar confectionery through a Twix-inspired fit-out with caramel-coloured timber swirled with chocolate brown accents and coffee-coloured leather banquettes.
That theme carries across to the all-day dining menu. Breakfast revolves around various renditions of topped toasts: sourdough might be piled with ingredients like spiced beetroot relish, fried eggs and Cumberland sausage, and seeded bread might come with cured salmon, fennel cream, orange-braised witlof and a poached egg. For something on the sweeter, Twix-ier side, there’s also sticky date pancakes that might come doused in coffee caramel before being finished with mascarpone and ginger crumb.
Come lunchtime, the kitchen pumps out dishes such as green chilli chicken larb bowls or slow-smoked lamb shoulder with potato rosti and truffled peas. There’s also coffee from Inglewood Coffee Roasters (which Moussi co-founded) including bulletproof coffees made with ghee or MCT oil.
The venue seats around 100 inside and comes complete with a spacious, dog-friendly courtyard at the back and a takeaway coffee window at the front.
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