When it comes to the Western suburbs, you've got to hand it to them, their cafe culture is excelling. The sheer volume of local cafes popping up is enough to make any outer suburban dweller trek across the Westgate for breakfast, and Newport's latest addition, the pint of milk, is another good reason.
The cafe draws its name from the building's previous identity as a suburban milk bar, and there's been a concentrated effort made to retain some of this heritage. The newspaper boards that flank the entrance and the jar full of mixed lolly bags on the counter are nice touches. The decor is warm and welcoming with a large communal table taking pride of place near the entrance, and a handful of smaller tables are scattered across the hardwood floor. High ceilings and exposed lighting add an airy, laid-back feeling. The space is busy - but not overwhelming - with a steady stream of young couples, families, and local business types filing in and out for breakfast and lunch.
It's a friendly little cafe that serves deftly executed favourites along the lines of delicious poached eggs with a spiced chickpea and tomato cassoulet, served with sumac labne and flatbread . For something heartier, there's a bacon and eggs bagel, or classic steak and eggs with a balsamic and Worcestershire glaze. Throw in excellent Five Senses Coffee and polished service and you've got a local that you'd be proud to call your own (even if it isn’t).
the pint of milk
19 North Road, Newport
(03) 9391 6641