Good Times Milk Bar is part of the spate of new cafes opening up in the South Eastern suburbs. It is by far one of the cutest cafes I’ve been to with a theme that is definitely set to impress!
This place has efficiency down pat - we were seated immediately, provided our water and coffees taken in less than 5 minutes. On top of this, the staff were also ultra friendly and smiley which matched the decor of the cafe. The decor is old school, chill and kitschy which was themed through out from the glass bottles to the outdoor courtyard. The indoor space is very roomy so perfect for larger groups.
The Dippy Eggs (Rustica sourdough pecorino soldiers, avo-cream, relish, hemp seed dukka, bacon crumb) were a huge throwback to my childhood so I was feeling the nostalgia seeing it on the menu. I highly unique dish for the menu that I haven’t seen elsewhere so props to that. My main issue with this dish though was the egg. It would’ve been much better off more underdone to truly get that ‘dip’ in the yolk. Since this is the signature to the dish it was quite the let down but the elements around it were otherwise perfect. You have to get it with the salty bacon crumb as it adds a decadence all round, especially with the melty cheese on the soldiers. There was also a good variety of condiments that each had their merits as individual flavours - my personal favourite was the avocado though! Overall, unique on paper but execution could’ve been better.
The Hotcake (House baked pavlova, passionfruit, strawberries & double cream, pink chocolate shards, berry coulis) had some really well flavoured elements. First impressions were that the dish wasn’t all that pretty and also not generous - it’s one hotcake. The huge piles of meringue and cream try to make it seem more than it is but don’t expect to be filled up on it. The saving grace of this dish though was the the piles of meringue were actually delicious and perfectly done. The pancake was also very moist so not much sauce was required to make it shine. I expected more from this dish with the balance of flavour not quite there and the balance of elements WAY off. Perhaps less cream and more fruit and hotcakes?
The Golden Gaytime Milkshake was the highlight of Good Time’s Milk Bar for me. IT WAS SO YUMMY. The caramel flavour was very pronounced but not too sweet with a nice balance. I liked the added crumb for the crunch that also made it more Golden Gaytime-ish. It was not too rich so it’s also a great accompaniment to a meal.
Good Times Milk Bar nails it on decor and atmosphere for me. It feels like somewhere you actually want to go and be happy. A great spot to spend some time with friends and family (and your canine friends)! I would say there a couple of kinks left to work out on the food but for an average brunch it hits the spot.
Presentation (5): 3.5
Taste (5): 3.5
Service (5): 5
Atmosphere (5): 5