You could easily walk past Milney’s in Fitzroy. It has no signage except for a small painted M on the front door. The courtyard-diner is a joint venture by Monty Mullooly-Hill and Paul Milne (co-owners of much-loved neighbourhood bar Monty’s in Fitzroy North) and Rochelle Hutchinson (who previously worked at Joe’s Shoe Store, which in many ways created the template for Monty's). Mullooly-Hill is also a co-owner at late-night diner Bar Romantica in Brunswick East.
Although Milney’s is just up the road from Monty’s, Milney’s definitely has its own personality.” It also has more extensive food and drink menus. They’re working with James Eddy of CBD gnocchi shop Good Gnocchi and Tom Kernot (who has worked at Hell of the North and Burnside).
Eddy’s concept here is called Good Spaghetti. The menu has a few permanent cheap classics and some slightly pricier options. Expect $4 garlic bread and $10 Napoli spaghetti, as well as a couple of $15 options, such as walnut pesto and bolognaise. The spaghetti is made fresh at Pasta Classica on Smith Street and it's all vegan too.
Kernot’s menu offers wacky snacks, all served with potato chips. Highlights include a sliced mortadella with currywurst sauce ($10), and a plate of Ossetra caviar served with sour-cream-and-chive Pringles ($90).
To drink there’s a $10 pint of Milney’s lager on tap, a few imported canned beers, and a solid list of local beers from Bodriggy, Stomping Ground and Hop Nation. There are three wines on tap (all sourced from Victorian wineries such as Little Reddie, Minim Wine and Boomtown) and another six by the bottle. There’s a tight and fun cocktail roster, too.
Despite the considered drinks list and bar, Milney’s is all about relaxed outdoor dining. It has a huge courtyard – about 80 square metres – with a tape deck in the corner playing an eclectic range of cassettes ranging from classic ’80s Grace Jones to Angst Fest 2.0 – a compilation by Ångström Space, an Abbotsford-based event curator and design studio.