Fordham's Milk Bar, Camberwell

Fordham's Milk Bar is a cafe/milk bar in Camberwell, located just opposite Hartwell Station on the Alamein line. The cafe was a lot bigger than I had imagined, with plenty of seating both inside and out, and a whole display cabinet area and drinks section to choose from. I was surprised I hadn't heard of the cafe before, probably because it's quite hidden in a little street in the suburbs, and you might not think to venture there unless you were going to the train station.

We went at about 11:45 am on a Sunday and luckily didn't have to wait at all for a table, opting to sit outside as the weather was nice and sunny. The only downside to sitting outside was the occasional fly, and for us, a very persistent bee that just wouldn't stay away from our food! A lot of people seem to bring their dogs with them, and there's plenty of seats outside to accommodate this. I got a quick glimpse of the interior when I was looking at the dessert cabinet; it seemed to have a rustic vibe, with the brick and white painted walls and the overall use of dark wooden decor combined with tiled communal tables. The large windows at the front allowed plenty of natural light to come in, and overall was quite a lively atmosphere with all the people having Sunday brunch. The staff were attentive and friendly, and there was about a 20 minute wait for the food.

The menu at Fordham's Milk Bar consists of a range of breakfast dishes, burgers, salads, wraps and sandwiches, as well as desserts in the front cabinet. There wasn't a drinks menu when we went; the staff said this was coming out the following week, though there's a whole range of cold drinks in an open fridge section, similar to what you'd see at the supermarket. Two of my friends went with the smashed avo dish ($16.50) and added sides of bacon ($4) and a sweet potato hash brown ($5), and I got the pork belly burger ($18). We also got one of the Doughboy Donuts ($5.50) to share between the three of us.

The smashed avo dish came with vine cherry tomatoes, goats cheese, poached eggs and seed sprinkles. There was a very generous serving of avo in the dish, and it was well seasoned to give it that extra flavour, which was really enjoyable. The seed sprinkles was a really nice touch for some additional flavours and a bit of a crunch to the dish, and the use of goats cheese (as opposed to the feta, which I'd seen on a lot of smashed avo dishes) was also delicious as it was creamier and less tangy and salty. The dish came with rocket on the side, though this was a little bland as there was no dressing. The poached eggs were cooked perfectly with the yolk oozing out when cut into, and the cherry tomatoes added acidity to the dish.

Extras wise, the bacon was a great touch for some heavier flavours, and wasn't too salty or oily. It was a generous portion that complimented the dish well, and made you feel a bit more full. The hash brown was also a good addition for some heavier flavours, with the crunchy outer and mix of sweet potato and potato in the hash. The interior however, was a little undercooked, and a bit hard to bite.

The slow cooked pork belly burger came with an asian slaw, pickled chilli and a hoisin mayo, and was actually served with chips on the side, which I wasn't expecting but was great nonetheless. The portion of the burger was smaller than I expected, but the overall dish was actually quite filling with the thick chips on the side. It was a little messy to eat because the juices from the slaw and pork kept dripping out, but the burger itself was full of flavours and textures and enjoyable. The pork was done well and not dry at all, and the pulled pork texture contrasted well with the crunchy asian slaw and the soft bun for a combination of textures. The pickled chilli added some heat to the dish to give it that extra kick, and the chips were nice and crunchy.

The donut flavour we chose was the peppermint chocolate, which tasted almost as if you were eating a mint slice. I thought it was really delicious, as the dark chocolate icing/glaze on top contrasted with the sweetness from the peppermint flavours in the donut itself. Sadly, I got too excited to eat the donut and forgot to take a picture of it (shame on me, I know!).

We had an enjoyable experience here at Fordham's Milk Bar, and would definitely recommend it if you're in the area for a relaxing weekend food adventure.

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