Maybe Milton is too Bohemian for scones? The town has all the signs; antique shops, historic buildings with a past, homeware stores to browse through, and its strategically perched on the Princes Highway that sees a constant flow of local and holiday traffic. Then why, after scouring every menu in town can I find just one cafe serving scones? Bizarre! I do a full circuit of the town before I come back to Brown Sugar. Defying it’s underwhelming front exterior, Brown Sugar has a small cosy indoor area which it shares with the kitchen, then opens out into a small courtyard, which leads to another small dining area with a different vibe. There’s a seating area for all tastes. To keep young ‘uns amused, a small kiddies play area with a slippery slide sits in the courtyard. I’ve just had lunch so opt for one scone. What a blunder! The scone is exquisite; soft and fluffy with a delicate texture and creamy aftertaste. There’s enough jam and cream to go with it, but it’s a let down. The jam is nothing more than the average cafe stock and the cream is super light, and tastes like dairy whip from a can, which at least is unsweetened and 97 per cent real cream. Milton is a gorgeous town that’s growing by the minute and is heading towards a ‘Berry future’ (another town further north on the Princes Highway). Explore it before it changes too much more.
Tea: A selection of Tea Drop loose-leaf teas served in a small pot.
Overall: It’s the only cafe in town with scones, and worthy scones at that.
Location: 103 Princes Hwy, Milton NSW 2538 Ph: 02 4454 0887
Reviewed in September, 2016
It’s surprising that the only two cafes at the Southern end of Mollymook beach both serve homemade scones. What are the odds? Located a few minutes walk up the road from pretty Mollymook beach, Breakers Cafe offers a relaxed vibe and the only alternative to the other cafe down the road. Although it doesn’t occupy prime beachfront real estate (i.e., in sea spray distance), it’s location across from the park and views of the ocean, albeit in the distance, aren’t bad at all. If sitting outside, you may have to share your meal with a cheeky myna bird. All sweets and desserts are made on the premises, and that includes the melt-in-your-mouth scones. However, these guys don’t get much assistance from the accompanying jam and cream as the jam is average quality and the cream, although real cream, is super light. Call me old-fashioned, but I prefer my jam to be more tart than sweet, and my cream to be thick and rich.
Tea: A small selection of loose-leaf Temple Tea served in a small pot.
Overall: A less hectic option than the beach cafe down the road.
Location: 62 Ocean St, Mollymook NSW 2539 Ph: 02 4455 2200
Reviewed in September, 2016