Golden Gaytime Shake @ PCP – Surry Hills

$8.50 – 2 September 2017


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.


Chocolate Milkshake @ The Local Press – Lilyfield

$4.50 – 5 August 2017


We received very fast service when we ordered, and the serving size was decent. It came in a big glass cup, but with a paper straw (these fall apart. Paper gets soggy. Despite how trendy they may seem, they detract from the experience). However, the overall presentation of the milkshake was good.

The milkshake itself was nice and frothy. It wasn’t at all thick, but it was advertised as a milkshake, not a thickshake, so it doesn’t lose too many marks for this. The chocolate flavour was a little weak (not Cottee’s) and it wasn’t ice cold (but drinkable cold). A proper milkshake machine was used, a Sirman.


Chocolate Fudge Shake @ Bills – Surry Hills

$9.50 – 30 July 2017


Despite being one of the busier breakfast spots in Surry Hills, the service was fast. The shake came in the classic milkshake stainless steel cup – a good thing since this generally means a big serving size. And Bills did not disappoint there either.

The shake was creamy smooth and not too sweet, it had great bubble distribution and was free from chunks or nasty ice. The chocolate sauce was high quality but it wasn’t Cottee’s.

It came ice cold and had great thickness. This is what you get when you use the king of milkshake machines, the Roband.

The one let down here was the paper straw. It held together, but it detracted from the experience. A steel straw would have taken this experience close to perfect.