milkd is a small chain (are two shops classed as a chain?) of coffee shop/cafe, with stores in North Perth (Angove Street), and Maylands (8th Avenue). Having spent a lot of time drinking coffee and chatting at milkd in the past, we decided one Saturday morning that this gem should definitely be reviewed for the blog. We originally had plans to hop, skip and jump to a recommendation in Swanbourne, however a lost phone and some missing clothes (unrelated) got in the way, so we decided on something closer to home and requiring less motor skills to get to – to milkd North Perth!
We were happy to score a table on the sidewalk: although we feared when the food came out we wouldn’t have much space. Thankfully the table next to us departed shortly after our arrival (unrelated… we think?) so we were able to commandeer a second table and stretch our breakfasts out. Sitting on the sidewalk on Angove Stret is a lovely experience – whilst there’s a little bit of traffic, it’s delightfully urban, there is a constant flow of passers by, smiling faces and chatter.
After a scan of the daily newspapers and a Friday evening round up – to be continued during breakfast, of course – we placed our orders at the counter. milkd do accept EFTPOS, however there’s a surcharge of around .50c. A completely unnecessary rip off, if we do say so ourselves. Why do businesses continue to charge this? Is paying by EFTPOS really *that* uncommon? A discussion point. Nevertheless, the inside of the cafe was busy with clattering knives and forks, this hiss of the coffee machine and friendly banter. There isn’t really a time when milkd isn’t busy. The staff were happy to change one of the menu items for David’s vegetarian needs, adding grilled mushrooms to the scrambled eggs.
- 1x Scrambled eggs on sourdough toast + grilled mushrooms – $12.90 + $3
- 2x Bacon stack with poached eggs, bacon & fresh tomato on sourdough – $14.90
- 1x Grilled italian sausage & portobello mushrooms with rocket, crumbed fetta & poached egg on sourdough toast – $12.90
- 1x OJ
- Soy flat white, long mac, flat white, long black
Before long the coffees arrived and were thoroughly enjoyed. The meals started arriving within about 10 minutes, with a gap between everyone else’s and Michelle’s. We suspect that there may have been someone in front of Michelle in the line when we ordered. Just as we were getting up to ask the question, Michelle’s meal arrived. Crisis averted, commence eating!
The serving sizes at milkd are generous, Susannah and David didn’t manage to finish theirs, with Michelle and Nat barely making it to the edges of their plates. The scrambled eggs on toast were fluffy, cooked just right, but over-seasoned with salt, even the toasted bread. The rest of the table reported that their meals had been over salted too, and we ended up scraping the top layer of everything to the side. Disappointing.
Michelle and Suz went for the poached eggs and bacon on toast. The stack consists of: lightly toasted bread, tomato, rocket, thickly cut bacon (great value for money), and two poached eggs perched on top. In all cases the sourdough is just thick enough to hold a satisfying crunch, but won’t fill your mouth like shards of concrete. Natalie ordered the poached eggs, grilled italian sausage, mushroom, fetta and tomato on toast. A little oily, but aside from that, a good breakfast dish presented well. The rocket looked a little old, but the peppery taste hadn’t been lost and thus still had the desired effect.
We’re not quite sure how milkd do their poached eggs, but they’re fan-effing-tastic. A peek next to the till reveals an electric fry pan with bubbling water… perhaps their secret to success. Whatever they’re doing, we give them our full support. Bravo!
If you’re after something other than breakfast, there is a display cabinet with various cakes, sweets, and pre-made sandwiches. David reports from past experience that the ‘vegetarian delight’ is particularly tasty, although the prices on these things are quite high. $10 for a lightly toasted vegetarian sandwich? Hrmmm… no.
Oh, and if you’re tossing up between Maylands and North Perth stores, be warned that the North Perth one gets super busy – so you’ve got better chance to get a seat in Maylands – it’s bigger both outside and inside. The menus are the same, too, so you won’t miss out on any of the food. Eighth Avenue is growing up very quickly, with a bunch of new stores and cafes opening up in the recently renovated buildings in the area.
We like milkd. The over-salting was a bit of a shame, and a mildly irrational hate of being charged extra to pay by card are the only real negatives we can give this review. The food can be a little pricey, all things considered. Yes, we’ll be back… and not just because two of the breakfast club members live within a 5 minute walk of the two different milkd stores.
Also, we hear the menu is to be updated in two weeks for the impending winter: soups ahoy!
The Breakfast Club is very, very sad to report that this breakfast adventure is the last, well at least for two years, for the lovely Susannah. Susannah is jetting off to Berlin this week, where we’re sure she’ll enjoy some delicious German breakfasts. We’ll miss you, Suz. Be safe. <3
Highs: Great location(s), excellent coffee, A+ poached eggs, quick service, thick bacon!
Lows: Salt explosion on all meals, some items are expensive for what they are
Our Breakfast Club’s final score: 7/10 coffee mugs
Address: 32 Angove Street North Perth WA 6006 and 45 Eighth Avenue Maylands WA 6051 (map)
Phone: North Perth: (08) 9228 8867; Maylands: (08) 9272 4041
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday, 7am to 7pm. Breakfast all day (poached eggs until midday only)
Bookings: Nope - and they're busy, so you may have to wait for a table, especially at their North Perth premises