Chocolate Milkshake @ Milkbar at the Lookout, Katoomba

$7.50 – 4 March 2018

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With a name that includes ‘Milkbar’, expectations were certainly high. These were elevated further by the three silver Hamilton Beach milkshake machines behind the counter. The sign promised that milkshakes were made with vanilla bean gelato (turns out you couldn’t taste the difference). The service speed was fast.

The serving size for the milkshake was very large and generous (served in a Carnivale design takeaway cup). However, first impressions count. With the (plastic) straw pulling up the bottom of the cup, the first impression was very milky. This was due to the frappista┬ápouring in additional milk post mixing which typically results in unblended milk in the milkshake. This is poor technique and the trade off between serving size and quality of the blend was not worth it. What made this a greater shame was that the blended milkshake was very nice – strong flavour, good bubble distribution, perfect chocolate sauce flavour and strength.

7/10

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