$7.50 – 27 January 2018
A common mistake amongst inner city cafes is not offering a basis milkshake but overreaching by offering ‘fancy’ milkshake varieties. Sadly Devon falls squarely in this category, by offering a Banana Nutella Milkshake and a White Chocolate Macha Milkshake, but no other options. No chocolate, no vanilla, no strawberry.
The service speed at Devon was good, but there is really no correlation between speed of service and quality of milkshake. The milkshake was served in a very small glass sauce bottle (washed prior to filling fortunately/obviously). This was far too small and completely missed the mark on novelty value.
The milkshake itself was far too heavily flavoured by banana, with the nutella being hardly noticeable. In fact, it was hard to tell if it was a nutella flavour or just a plain chocolate flavour that had been added. The mouth feel was completely ruined by little chunks of banana that remained in the milkshake. Otherwise, the mouth feel was actually pretty good.
But there is no escaping the obvious conclusion for Devon. All frappistas need to learn how to master a standard chocolate milkshake before trying more ambitious options. All venues need to offer these standard options, just as they do with coffee. Devon failed on both these accounts.