Milk Review

After reading a lot of good reviews of Milk, I decided to try it out. It's located in Balham, so it was a bit of a trek to get there from my place. I was devastated to find out that they only serve pancakes on the weekends, but the food that we tried on that day more than made up for the lack of pancakes and it's a good excuse to go back to try the pancakes! I'd read that the queues can be long, so we planned to go early in the morning on a weekday. When we arrived at 10AM on a Monday, the place was 90% full, so we didn't have to queue for a table. Needless to say, go early and preferably on weekdays if you want to avoid the queues.

From top to bottom: Horchata with lime (£2.80) and hot chocolate (£2.80)

I don't see many places in London offering horchata, so I couldn't resist trying out Milk's version. It's lighter and milkier than the ones I've had in Valencia, which I actually prefer because I find the taste of tiger nuts a bit too strong for my liking. There was a hint of lime flavour, which made the horchata taste really refreshing. As for the hot chocolate, it was very milky and didn't have a strong chocolate flavour. The artwork could use some improvement too.

Poacher Hash (£3.50)

Almost every table ordered a plate of hash browns and I can see why: the exterior is fried to crispy perfection whereas the interior is still moist. You'd think they'd be super greasy but they weren't oily at all, and somehow managed to be light and fluffy. They're also covered under a mountain of finely grated cheese, which took the flavours up a notch.

Young Betty (£9.50)

Since The Convict contained bacon, we chose smoked salmon for the Young Betty. I'm not a fan of sourdough bread, but this one was soft and the crusts weren't too hard. The hollandaise sauce was made with burnt butter, which made it richer and creamier. I thought it could do with more smoked salmon as the three small slices were hardly enough. Overall, this dish was decent but it didn't blow me away.

The Convict (£9.50)

Like the hash browns, almost every table ordered The Convict. It may not look appealing in the photo, but it was absolutely delicious! It's basically the grown up version of McDonald's Sausage & Egg McMuffin (what's not to love about that?). There were scrambled eggs, a hash brown, a sausage patty, bacon, tomato sauce and lots of cheese. All the components worked well with each other and it was jam packed with flavours.

If you're in the area, definitely give Milk a try! They don't reinvent the wheel but they do classic brunch and comfort food well.

Rating: ♥♥♥♥♡

Address: 18-20 Bedford Hill, London SW12 9RG