Karton Milk Bar
While visiting Clinton and Karina Serex at their new store in Caulfield North, just a few doors down from their first, Tuck Shop Take Away, a funny thing happened.
We’d been talking about our favourite milk bar memories when the doorbell chimed and two young boys rolled into the store. After collecting a few Redskins and Milko Chews, the taller kid leaned his arm over the counter and scanned his Apple Watch on the Tap & Pay device. A single beep confirmed the payment and in a moment, they were gone.
It certainly didn’t match our fond memories of the angst and excitement of visiting the local milk bar, and scrambling for one last coin to pay for that extra lolly. Putting together a pick-and-mix bag was a time-consuming and calculated process.
Karton Milk Bar does manage to retain some of those nostalgic elements of the local corner store, while also bringing it into the current day.
The menu includes modern takes on familiar flavours, such as Fruit Loop-flavoured milk, as well as more contemporary treats such as a smoked green apple icy pole. There are ice-cream sandwiches rolled in 100s & 1000s or a cornflake crunch, plus take-home tubs of house-made ice-cream.
At Tuck Shop Take Away, everything from the potato chips to the tomato and hot sauces are made in-house. The same approach applies here, with peanut butter, jam, ice-cream and flavoured milks made from scratch.
There’s also hearty, awarding-winning meat pies and sausage rolls, while bread and croissants come from Noisette. These items are displayed on the counter along with popcorn, chips and other pantry staples.