Serving Dark Arts Coffee on a side street in Soho, Milk Bar, like its more famous sister cafe Flat White, has a loyal following and is many local coffee drinkers’ preferred destination. The interior has a distant feel about it, like a Wild West barbershop. There is plenty of room to sit inside, and a pair of benches out front for sunny days.
So, we went in for a quick iced latte so can't really comment on their barista skills. In terms of the coffee I can only say the iced latte was pretty good if not exceptional. The atmosphere was non-existent but I haven't been too harsh on that mark as there was a flaming great truck parked outside on our visit which did cut the view. However, to be fair the street is pretty grim anyway so the truck may have improved things! Staff-wise the young lady serving was fairly friendly but the other guys could barely raise a grunt when we left and offered them a very cheery, "thanks, bye." Would I recommend it? No. Would I visit again? Tap isn't far away so why would I go here?!? So, nope!
Well, here's the thing fellow caffeine addicts. Milk bar was pretty ace, I had a great filter that was made even better by the company and exchanges between a friendly wait staff. The coffee was strong enough, like a middle aged man as opposed to something too strong like a body builder. And the flavours a rich bouquet of coffee related flavours. Yum delicious. Go here, you'll enjoy it.
I came back to Milk Bar 5 years after I first visited and must say it was a great experience. Staff was really helpful, we were looking for a seat as it was a bit crowded. I remembered they were one of he first to do Flat Whites in London and 6-7 years later I was wondering how well they would make them. They didn't disappoint. In fact, it was the best cup we drank for a long time. Enjoy!
This used to be one of my favourite haunts when visiting London. It's now under new management and its unfortunately a shadow of its former self. Coffee was very average and the once famous all day breakfast menu with its variety is now kinda cheap and nasty. Hopefully the new owners can pull it together. RIP Milkbar
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