In the midst of Melbourne’s buzzing culinary landscape, there’s always a new trend cropping up everywhere. From the recent donut influx to the city’s ongoing obsession with smoky BBQ flavours, you’ll never have to look far for a unique feast.
Driving a trend of their own is Milk The Cow fromagerie, touting itself as “Melbourne’s first late night licensed cheese shop”. With Melbourne’s largest selection of artisan cheeses, the venture first opened with a St Kilda outpost in 2012 and expanded north to Carlton late last year.
If the idea of consuming nothing but cheese and wine (or whiskey, sake or cocktails – the drinks list is extensive) has you a tad sceptical, there’s no need to worry – the curation of varying textures and flavours here is on par with a three course restaurant meal.
Selected by an in-house cheesemonger, cheeses can be selected individually, made up into a board or paired with a liquor of choice for a ‘Cheese Flight’; a selection of cheeses matched to an alcoholic complement. Served up with homemade lavosh, quince pastes and other gourmet condiments, you’ll feel fancy even if you’re no cheese expert.
You’ll feel fancy even if you’re no cheese expert.
For more indulgent fare, there’s some boozy cheese fondue pots that demand to be shared, plus a host of boutique cocktail choices. And if the experience has left you a newly-minted cheese connoisseur, stock up on a selection to take home.
With a rotating ‘Chefs at The Cow’ event series bringing in some of Melbourne’s top chefs to work with a cheese-focused menu, sellout ‘Perfect Match’ supplier tasting days and an upcoming ‘Absinthe and Cheese’ night, it’s clear this trend is here to stay.
Find out what all the fuss is about and indulge your cheese dreams at Milk The Cow in St Kilda (5 minutes from The Cullen and The Blackman) or in Carlton (close to The Larwill Studio).
St Kilda: noon - late, Tues-Sun,
Carlton: is open noon - late, 7 days a week.
Visit the website here.