Matcha Mylkbar, St Kilda

Matcha Mylkbar is a famous vegan cafe in St Kilda, best known for its bright dishes and use of matcha. The cafe is located just off the popular Acland street in St Kilda, and easily accessible by a number of trams that go down the area, including 3, 16 and 96. All the dishes at Matcha Mylkbar are vegan friendly, with some very unique items.

We went on a Saturday morning and were told there was going to be a 1.25 hour wait, though luckily got a table in about an hour. They take your phone number when you put your name down for a table, and you receive this quirky text message when your table is almost ready. The menu items had really quirky names as well; this seems to be a recurring theme throughout the cafe. There are a couple of seats outdoors, but for the most part the seats are indoors. There are a lot of plants hanging from the ceiling, and the use of wooden tables and wicker chairs makes you feel like you're at a florist or the like.




The music was quite loud in the cafe, plus it was so busy from all the people, so we did have to raise our voices slightly to hear one another. The staff were friendly and attentive, coming to check up on us a few times. There's a good range of breakfast and lunch dishes, as well as smoothies and lattes of flavours you wouldn't find anywhere else. My friend got the matcha maiden matcha latte ($5), and I went with a cold pressed orange juice ($8). Food wise, we decided to share the matcha pancakes ($19) and the soy chicken burger ($20).

The latte had a really strong green tea flavour, and it was quite concentrate and not too watery. There was no sugar in the latte at all, so the flavour may seem a bit bitter when you first drink it. The orange juice was really refreshing and cool, and like the latte, wasn't very sweet. However, I did feel that the portion was a little small given the price, even for a pressed juice.


The matcha pancakes were served with dark chocolate sauce, a macadamia and kinako (soybean flour) crumble and strawberry baobab (a type of fruit powder) coconut icecream. This dish was really enjoyable and light, with great presentation. The portion looks small upon first glance, but is actually quite filling. The pancakes had a great green tea flavour that was balanced out well by the slightly sour strawberries and bitter dark chocolate sauce. The strawberry icecream is a lot denser than normal icecream, but it was really delicious nonetheless, and the pistachios, nuts and mint added flavour and texture.


The soy chicken burger consisted of mushroom bacon, avocado, beetroot kraut and beetroot hummus on a matcha bun, and was served with sweet potato fries on the side. This was also a really great dish presentation and taste wise; the fried crispy outer layer of the 'chicken' contrasted nicely with the soft texture inside, and the bun was extremely soft, though you couldn't really taste the green tea flavour. The burger had a slight spiciness to it that cut through the rest of the flavours nicely, and the crunchy kraut contrasted nicely to the soft textures of the burger. The sweet potato fries were also really delicious, with a green tea sea salt seasoning that added to the natural flavours of the chips themselves.


Overall it was an interesting experience here at Matcha Mylkbar, and definitely worth a try if you're vegan, though I don't think I would visit again as there is such a long wait for a table, even despite the great dishes they have.

Ambience: 8.5/10
Service: 7.5/10
Food: 8/10
Price: $$

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