Ever been to a café and felt like you’re visiting an old friend?
Well that’s how a visit to Rose Milk feels. There’s a familiar warmth exuding from the husband and wife team at this gorgeous Essendon cafe. Harry and Rosie Tsiukardanis have put their heart into Rose Milk, and you feel it the moment they greet you with their infectious smiles. Harry spent most of his life in Australia running Fitzroy’s Alpha Ouzeri restaurant, and as a chef at Philhellene in Moonee Ponds. When this corner spot became available 18 months ago, it was the ideal location to start the next chapter the couple’s life. Working days rather than nights meant they had greater time for family, and some much appreciated sleep. Choosing a coffee supplier wasn’t too difficult, considering Harry would drink his daily espresso at Campos’ Elgin Street flagship.
The fit out is crisp and airy, with fresh white walls, polished floorboards, and Scandinavian style seating. What I appreciate most at Rose Milk, is their willingness to adjust dishes from the menu to suit customer’s food intolerances. Nothing seems too hard for Harry, who goes far and beyond to have people feel right at home. Popular items include the House Cured Salmon with orange crème fraiche & beetroot jam; Brioche French Toast with seasonal poached fruit, sweet ricotta, lemon curd, and rosewater syrup; and Boneless Pork Belly with balsamic pepper figs and sweet potato puree.
The baristas work the La Marzocco Linea PB with flair, slinging shots made from Campos Coffee’s Superior blend, and rotating single origin beans. This house blend is made up of seasonal beans, and produces a solid cup, with smooth butterscotch notes. The Kenyan Tchakakhani was perfect as a long black, with its blackcurrant and chocolate flavours.
Find Rosemilk at 32 Albion Street, Essendon.