Daisy’s Milkbar is famous amongst Sydney’s inner west for its contemporary take on Aussie classics, from jaffles to burgers, and, of course, the humble milkshake.
Nestled on an unassuming stretch of Stanmore Road, this neighbourhood favourite has been looking after locals’ needs since 2014. Jessica Barnes and Jake de Varine-Bohan are the partners behind the venue, having transformed their life partnership into a business one as well.
In creating Daisy’s, they wanted to deliver a fun and lively space where visitors could feel comfortable, cheery and a part of the community. They took inspiration from the concept of a 1950s milkbar, imparting a bright design, a nostalgic yet contemporary menu and, of course, a range of milkshakes. In deciding on a name, they looked to their own personal history; when Jess and Jake first met, he called her Daisy. It stuck!
In bringing the 1950s to life, colour is the main theme of the space, with a yellow sign painted on the front window, chequered fabrics, vibrant blue coffee cups and a musk-pink front door. Amongst this rainbow of eye-catching delight sits a number of pastel booths, where many a customer has devoured a delicious dish or two.
Having recently celebrated Daisy’s third birthday, Jess and Jake saw it time to shake up the menu, giving it a makeover by adding a few newbies into the mix, including a range of vegetarian and vegan options. Despite these changes, one thing remains consistent – a focus on freshness and quality, found by sourcing from local suppliers and other small businesses.
Therefore, bread comes fresh from Infinity Bakery in Kings Cross; sausages arrive ready to be cooked from the Inner West’s ‘sausage queen’ Chrissy’s Cuts; ricotta is sourced from Paesanella in Marrickville and coffee is supplied by Double Roasters.
These ingredients are seen across the all-day breakfast menu in dishes like the veggie tradie roll – runny poached egg, house sweet and spicy tomato relish, spinach, avocado and haloumi on a Turkish bap, and the spiced bircher, soaked in almond milk with grated apple, cinnamon and vanilla and topped with black chia pudding, seasonal fruit and maple-roasted strawberries. Served with a side of Greek yoghurt and honey, it has the option of becoming vegan with the swapping of yoghurt for coyo.
Vegans are also looked after in the drinks arena, with the ‘We Swear It’s Vegan’ chocolate peanut butter shake, made with soy ice cream, almond milk, peanut butter and vegan chocolate syrup.
However, it’s not just vegetarian and vegan goods on offer – the breakfast burrito satisfies any carnivorous cravings, with a tortilla packed with scrambled eggs, bacon, chorizo, potato, chilli, jalapeno, chipotle sauce and cheese. The Red Hot Benny Brekky is equally as indulgent, with deep-fried poached eggs served on Turkish toast with sriarcha hollandaise, bacon crumbs, spinach and avocado cream.
If Daisy’s food menu isn’t enough of a tastebud tingler, the drinks menu is sure to catch your attention. Along with the regular coffee and tea, Daisy’s Milkbar also offers classic and deluxe milkshakes, spiders and juices, ensuring that every whistle will be wet.
It wouldn’t be a milkbar without some sort of mixed business. Therefore, Jess and Jake have also left room for a small gift shop, where an array of goods created by local designers are for sale. In celebration of Daisy’s third birthday, Jess teamed up with Newtown jeweller Kristy Dickinson to design the ‘Haus of Dizzy’ range, inspired by the funky, playful vibe of the diner itself.
The revamped menu is in full swing at Daisy’s Milkbar, so pop in for a pavlova milkshake and say happy birthday. Good onya Daisy, you’re a jolly good fellow.