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Milk Beach is excited to announce that its new all-day Australian restaurant is set to open in the heart of Soho on Monday 12 September, 2022 – and reservations will go live on the Milk Beach website at 12pm on 23 August. The Queen’s Park favourite will be opening in the Ilona Rose House building by Soho Estates, with entrances from Greek Street and Manette Street, taking on a stunning site that offers high ceilings, an abundance of natural light and a large outdoor courtyard. Into this unique space, Milk Beach will bring a little slice of Sydney to Soho.
Milk Beach Soho will have the same Australian coastal aesthetic and friendly Aussie service as the original – with a sunny, relaxed, atmosphere by day, transforming to a fun, lively vibe by night. However, Milk Beach Soho will feature completely new dinner and breakfast/lunch menus, a new line-up of signature cocktails and a greatly expanded wine list focused on independent low-intervention producers. Milk Beach has also recently launched new nomadic coffee roastery, Album Coffee Roasters, which will supply its own specialty coffee to both locations.
Developed by Aussie Head of Food, Darren Leadbeater, (Guillaume at Bennelong Sydney*** Aria Sydney**, Frenchie, Wild Honey* and Brunswick House) Milk Beach Soho’s new menus will draw inspiration from the diverse South East Asian and Mediterranean cultures that make up modern Australian cuisine. Fresh, coastal flavours will be joined by several BBQ-inspired dishes cooked over a large Robata grill. Only a couple of favourites from the Queen’s Park menu will feature in Soho, such as Chinese 5 spice BBQ pork rib dumplings, chilli pho ga consommé, and koji marinated chicken ‘schnitty’, fermented chilli mayonnaise, chicken salt chips. New dishes on the opening menu will include:
· Four Pillars gin Bloody Mary oyster shooter
· Grilled prawns, fermented chilli butter
· Grilled oyster mushrooms, fermented mushroom glaze, macadamia hummus
· Whole deep-fried seabass with nam jim jaew
· Belted Galloway bone-in ribeye, tare, oyster and tarragon butter
· Milk Beach 'Golden Gaytime' with toffee & buttermilk parfait, dark chocolate, malt & honeycomb crumb
Milk Beach has always been synonymous with low-intervention wines and its popular fortnightly wine tasting nights in Queen’s Park. Working with specialist wine importers Modal Wines and Les Caves de Pyrene, alongside premium importers Liberty Wines and Alliance Wines, Milk Beach will offer Soho a carefully handpicked selection of sustainable, terroir-driven, elegantly crafted wines. The list will feature over 65 bottles from independent winemakers around the world.
Initially opening for dinner only, Milk Beach will launch its all-day breakfast and lunch menu later in autumn, offering a relaxed Sydney-inspired escape from London life. Soho’s offering will be elevated from the Queen’s Park offering, with standout dishes set to include the Char sui pork, rosti, spring onions, fried egg; the potato hash, crispy chilli kale, streaky bacon, bagna cauda; and the roast chicken gravy bành mì.
Speciality coffee is central to the Milk Beach experience, inspired by Australia’s famed café culture. Coffee is also close to founder Elliot Milne’s heart. Elliot previously worked in Ethiopia with Technoserve and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to help set up the Coffee Initiative Project, helping coffee farmers access sustainable financing to purchase better equipment and improve the quality of their coffee, and export at significantly higher prices. Elliot, along with Head of Coffee and two-time UK Coffee Roasting Champion, Matthew Robley-Siemonsma, has just launched a new coffee roastery, Album Coffee Roasters which will supply both restaurants with freshly roasted single-origin coffee. Album is a nomadic roastery, collaborating with some of the best roasters in London to produce new coffees every month, alongside a new artwork for each release.
Stepping off the bustling streets of Soho into the enclosed outdoor courtyard of Ilona Rose House, adorned with rose-shaped tiles, guests will be invited to step into the new Milk Beach. The restaurant design is inspired by the coastline of Sydney and the art-deco architecture of its beachside buildings. Designed by A-nrd, whose recent projects include KOL, Darjeeling Express, and Kudu, Milk Beach Soho will feature natural wood and stone finishes and an in-situ laid palladiana terrazzo floor to give the feel of walking along the rocks by the sea. An 8-metre-long bar provides a focal point to the 90-cover light-filled dining room, while the beautiful heated outdoor courtyard has space for a further 65.
Commenting on the launch of Milk Beach Soho, Elliot says: “Australian hospitality is about creating a relaxed and fun environment with friendly, down to earth service; that’s what we strive to deliver at Milk Beach and that’s what we want to bring to Soho. I couldn’t be more excited about the site we’ve found, it’s a stunning, unique space that fits the Milk Beach vibe perfectly with plenty of light and outdoor space. Soho for me is like nowhere else in London, it has so much energy, so much excitement; and yet it also has a strong community. We are looking forward to being a part of that community like we are in Queen’s Park.”