Don’t let a humble name like Milk Crate fool you. If you were expecting a cramped corner café specialising in run-of-the-mill coffee and lunch-box food you’re in for a surprise.
Tucked under an office building off Marcus Clarke Street near New Acton, the cafe is a cool haven in the summer and a toasty hideout in the winter. Milk Crate’s large space boasts soaring ceilings, with a large curved glass wall overlooking a vast terrace decked out with a hodgepodge of table topped milk crates.
Glossy white tiles line the counter while greenery cascades down the floating shelving amongst bottles of alcohol ready for evening drinks on the terrace. The interior is bright and playful, with botanical illustrations across the glass wall, bespoke wooden serving boards in the shape of cleavers and a mismatch of blue-hued plates.
Priding themselves on using seasonal produce, the menu is guaranteed to show ingredients at their best. There is a definite Turkish vibe running through the dishes so there is plenty of zaatar, fetta and tomato to be found, but that has not limited the chef in the slightest.
A quick glance over the menu further reveals their playful vibe, with dishes to make you chuckle, like Borek Fast, an ode to the traditional Turkish Borek.
Prepared for the lunchtime rush, there are a number of creative toasties as quick and easy choices, but if you’re feeling a bit more adventurous go for one of the burgers like the Cured Salmon Burger with the tropical flavours of mango and young coconut, or a hearty salad like the Pulled Shank Salad with roasted potatoes and candied pecans.
With such a diverse offering of drinks, sweets and meals, Milk Crate is an ideal destination for a coffee break or work lunch during the week, drinks on the terrace in the evening or brunch on a Saturday morning.