Chocolate Milkshake @ Dubbo French Hot Bread, Dubbo

$5.00 – 26 December 2017

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Being served a milkshake in the classic ‘Daintree’ pattern paper cup is generally either a very good sign, or a very bad one. It either means you have; A) a frappista who cares only about the quality of the milkshake itself (and not its appearance) and you will get a very good milkshake or B) somebody who is likely not a frappista at all and therefore doesn’t care much at all about appearance or taste or bubble distribution.

Fortunately, despite its name suggesting otherwise, Dubbo French Hot Bread belongs to the first group. The serving was generous, there was a great balance of chocolate flavour and the bubble distribution was reasonable. The balance of milk to ice cream was too heavily weighted towards milk, but outside of this, this was a very tasty milkshake. The trendy cafes of the inner city have much to learn, starting with more effort on the milkshake and less on the appearance.


Large Chocolate Milkshake @ Taronga Western Plains Zoo, Dubbo

$5.50 – 23 December 2017


They don’t monkey around at the Taronga Western Plains Zoo. The service speed after ordering was fast and the volume was generous. The milkshake was served in a plastic takeaway cup with chocolate sauce on the side (an unnecessary flourish). It would have been far better if the sauce had been mixed in to begin with, because the flavour was a little weak.

The bubble distribution was good, and this resulted in a nice mouth feel. But the milkshake was a bit milky at the bottom. The milk was cold, but there probably wasn’t enough ice cream used. That being said, it was a solid offering.



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.