Chocolate Milkshake @ Brooklyn Hide – Surry Hills

$7.50 – 28 October 2017

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One thing Brooklyn Hide gets right, which so many cafes, milk bars and other establishments get wrong, is the straw. Paper straws? They are terrible, as they often get soggy before the milkshake is finished. Plastic straws? Terrible too. Brooklyn Hide serves their milkshakes with stainless steel straws, and this is hands down the best option – reusable, no impact on flavour, no degradation mid-milkshake.

In fact, Brooklyn Hide got a couple of other things right too – they use a real milkshake machine, the service speed is fast. It is just a pity there were some obvious flaws with the milkshake itself.

The volume was only moderate, which is often the outcome when milkshakes are served in glass jars (at least it had a handle). The flavour was powdered (think Nesquik). The milkshake wasn’t very thick and had a thin mouth feel.

But it didn’t taste bad, it was in fact quite tasty. The bubble distribution was poor as a lot of the milk just sat at the bottom of the jar.

6.5/10

Aero Bar Milkshake @ Reuben Hills – Surry Hills

$8.50 – 14 October 2017

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Yet another trendy inner city cafe that fails the basics of offering milkshakes – always offer your customers the base options – chocolate, strawberry, vanilla. If you are offering a chocolate mint milkshake, you already have the ingredients for a chocolate milkshake. Easy.

However, Reuben Hills does do a very fine chocolate mint Aero Bar Milkshake. The service was fast but the serving size was a little too small given the price. The milkshake was well blended and this resulted in a great body and good thickness – something only possible with a proper milkshake machine (not possible with a blender).

There were chocolate mint Aero chips sprinkled on top – an indulgence that is acceptable only if you get the milkshake right in the first place.

8/10

Chocolate Milkshake @ Pomegranate – Katoomba

$5.50 – 7 October 2017

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The service was very fast and the milkshake came in the classic steel cup. This milkshake was just like a home-made one. It was very tasty – a product of a high quality ice cream. The chocolate flavouring (a sauce, not powdered) was perhaps a little weak but the frothiness and bubble distribution were good. A solid effort from Pomegranate.

7.5/10

Chocolate Milkshake @ Press – Dubbo

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The service was pretty quick at Press on a busy long weekend. However, perhaps the time would have been better spent perfecting their milkshake. The milk wasn’t very cold which is not a good start. This problem could have been avoided by adding ice cream – one of the three key ingredients of a chocolate milkshake (milk, ice cream, chocolate sauce).

The chocolate flavour was from chocolate powder, similar to Nesquik. This isn’t always a bad thing, but on this occasion it was.

So basically I was drinking chocolate milk. And through a paper straw.

4/10

Chocolate Milkshake @ Arthur’s Pizza – Randwick

$6.00 – 17 September 2017

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Arthur’s Pizza is the classic style pizza chain and they serve up a classic style milkshake. Classic steel cup, classic serving portion (generous), classic double straw (but plastic), classic ingredients (milk, ice cream, chocolate sauce). However, the ice cream was a little thin and the frothiness was lacking. On the positive side, the chocolate flavour was generous. There is a lot of potential here, but a lot of work to go.

6.5/10

Yard of Milkshake @ Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort and Spa – Kota Kinabalu

MYR 28 – 9 September 2017

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Ordering a milkshake in Malaysia is fraught with danger. The milkshake culture isn’t strong. But if it was going to work somewhere, it is probably the ice cream bar at the Shangri-La.

The service was friendly (they threw in some free choc chips) but overall the milkshake was watery and based on soft serve ice cream, not the real stuff. Commendable effort on the Hershey’s chocolate sauce though.

The (re-usable) plastic straw had a bad taste, which is a terrible surprise. Straws play a simple role of getting the shake from the cup to the mouth. They shouldn’t get soggy midway and they definitely shouldn’t have any taste. The customer gets to keep the whole vessel, which was a nice gimmick.

Despite some of the flaws, this was a refreshing milkshake.

6/10

 

Golden Gaytime Shake @ PCP – Surry Hills

$8.50 – 2 September 2017

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The service at PCP was pretty fast. The waiter was very friendly and convinced me to have a Golden Gaytime Shake instead of the Tim Tam Shake (which was 50c more expensive).

The shake itself had good thickness. The glass cup was fairly small which is a drawback (especially given the price). The presentation was good but let us not forget we are here for the milkshake, not the presentation. The spoon came as standard but you never really needed it (except maybe for one or two scoops of the unnecessary crumble on the top).

The taste was very close to a Golden Gaytime – toffee, honeycomb, biscuits, chocolate. It was very nice, but not too sweet. If you put a few Golden Gaytimes and some milk in a blender, this is what you’d get.

The main sin here was the menu. No basic chocolate milkshake option. No self respecting cafe will offer a coffee menu without a flat white, long black, cappuccino or espresso. So why the continued discrimination against milkshakes? A chocolate milkshake on the menu in a must – how can I trust the Golden Gaytime Shake is going to be any good if I can’t first try your base, go-to option? You can’t, you have to risk it. PCP was lucky they pulled it off on this occasion.

7/10