Surrounded by rolling green hills, and housed in an old cheese factory, Milk Haus is the epitome of what I'd like a regional cafe to be. A short drive from neighbouring Milton’s regional gem, St. Isidore, I’d earmarked Milk Haus for a visit on my last trip to the region, but time got away from me.
Cue: my clever friend gifting me with a jar of their excellent zucchini pickle, neatly making sure Milk Haus was placed firmly in the front of my mind.
We arrive for breakfast and decide to forgo the long communal tables in the atmospheric schoolhouse-style interior for a chance to get amongst the buzzing bees and flowers on one of their arbour tables.
While Milk Haus have a wholefoods shtick, it’s not so much about being certified organic as it is about making healthy, honest food. They grow some of the things on your plate in their own gardens, and get others from likeminded suppliers, like artisan bacon from Pialligo Estate, bread from Kraken Sourdough, and other produce from the lovely Louise Tucker from the Wholefoods Store Milton (formerly Merry Maidens’ Veggies) that I visited back HERE.
Snapping fresh watercress and matchsticks of apple shine on the Beetroot Pancakes ($17), a breakfast dish that’ll kick-start your digestion with fresh horseradish. Throw in some sweet potato hummus and toasted seeds, and you have a very healthy start to the day, though the texture on the beetroot pancakes could be improved.
I have no such complaints about the Scrambled Eggs ($10.00) on toasted, buttered Kraken sourdough with a Medjool Dates, Toasted Walnuts and Cheddar ($8.00) add-on. Mixed through your eggs this is a genius combination of salty, sweet and nutty that’ll fuel your body for the better part of the day. So impressed was I to eat a completely new breakfast, we recently recreated this combination at home. If you’re particularly hungry, like my dining companion was, you can also add on preservative-free Bacon ($8) or flavoursome Roasted Garlic Herb Mushrooms ($6.00).
Good quality, sustainable Allpress coffee was let down by in a burnt Flat White ($4). I was very happy with my bright yellow Turmeric Latte ($5). You can also get a good dose of this tasty anti-inflammatory in the a Juice Farm Citrus ($8) made just up the coast in Jaspers Brush. Before you leave, avail yourself of their product shelves. Milk Haus makes excellent pickles, and supplements them with a boutique range of excellent products, including my favourite olive oil by Alto.
169 Woodstock Road, Woodstock
Ph: (02) 4455 7293