Once upon a time when I was very young I wanted an enormous house with lots of rooms. Each room would be decorated in a different theme or decade. One of the rooms would be decorated in a 50's style and have a jukebox, booth seating and when I entered I would have to wear a poodle skirt. So when I hear that Daisy's Milk Bar in Petersham has that very theme I just have to visit.
Located on Stanmore Road and marked with a bright pink door, the decor evokes old school 50's milk bar with pretty pastel touches from the pink, yellow and blue booths to the pastel hearts marked with "Daisy's" - you can help yourself to these at the front and staff also helpfully offer paper bags so that you can take a handful home with you. There's also a help yourself cordial station but that might mean that you would have less room for the milkshakes which are all served icy cold in metal tumblers. The music is loud and skips along from decade to decade.
Service by our waitress is wonderfully friendly. Drinks are prompted by a "Would you like a milkshake?" and the sound of the Milo milkshake proves too tempting. I admit that I'm a person that eats Milo by the spoonful and hardly ever with milk so our waitress makes a note for extra Milo. We order a mixture of sandwiches based on their recommendations.
The Milo milkshake is so very good. With a thick and rich layer of Milo bubbles on top and a dark chocolate base underneath it's a thirst quenchingly good milkshake and seemingly bottomless at this size. Belinda's vanilla malt milkshake is also good, tasting more of caramel and could do with extra malt (but I like malt like I like my makeup and Milo - heavy).
Mr NQN's freshly pressed juice is refreshing, the majority of it made of pineapple with a hint of celery and ginger.
The pesto and Persian feta eggs are creamy soft with a good amount of flavour from the pesto and feta. I must admit that I really liked these with a serve of chorizo ($5 for a whole split, grilled chorizo) on the side to boost the flavour.
My kingdom for a toasted sandwich on a rainy day and Sydney has certainly been having a lot lately! The soft Turkish loaf is filled with soft meatballs and drenched with a marinara sauce, cheese, roasted capsicum and basil. It's a delicious and filling sandwich and like everything else bar the milkshakes, is topped with alfalfa sprouts.
The other favourite is the bbq pulled pork sandwich piled high with pork and crunchy slaw. The pulled pork has a delectable and slightly sweet sauce to it and the crunchy slaw gives freshness and texture.
I wish that the mac and cheese had a bit more flavour to it but alas it was a bit weak in flavour, especially when compared to the other dishes. We ordered the Persian feta sides for Mia and Ruby but they liked their cheese toasties as they were and didn't want anything else.
The jaffles are usually cheese and tomato but it's just cheese for Mia and Ruby today.
Belinda asks the girls what they think of the place. The pink clad girls confirm that they like it very much and I suspect it has as much to do with the food as the pastel shades and pink door.
So tell me Dear Reader, do you ever eat Milo by the spoonful? And is your decorating style modern or retro? Does your house reflect that?
This meal was independently paid for.
Daisy's Milk Bar
340 Stanmore Road, Petersham NSW 2049
Tel: (02) 8065 3466
Monday: 7:00 am - 3:00 pm
Wednesday - Friday: 7:00 am - 3:00 pm
Saturday - Sunday: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm