Located in the middle of St Ive’s Village, it’s very easy to dismiss Café Milligram as your typical shopping centre café. You know- the ones you stop at for a quick drink and cake the when your legs get tired half way through your shop, where you probably wouldn’t give the food much of a thought.
And whilst it’s location and it’s good selection of cakes, makes it perfect for a rest stop, give the menu a go and you’ll find that Café Milligram offers so, so much more!
I’m lucky enough to be invited here by St Ives Shopping Village, initially for a bit of a shopping trip but when plans fell through for some of the other activities (due to my busy schedule), Cafe Milligram was still kind enough have me visit on a busy weekend.
A solid drinks menu is always a sign of a good cafe and there’s certainly no shortage of enticing option on Milligram’s. As tempted as I am to try their Belgian Hot Chocolate, we couldn’t go past the range of smoothies on offer, with a flavour combinations ranging from a simple honey banana to the more unusual ginger zucchini and berry blend.
We go for the one with a bit of everything, which is how we end up choosing the P.M.K.S, a mixture of pineapple, mango, kiwi and strawberry blended with apple juice. It’s an interesting combination, where you’re first hit with the pineapple taste before the other fruits slowly shine through, and one I can definitely see myself enjoying as the weather starts to get warmer.
As enticing as the smoothie options were, winters are meant for warm drinks, and my choice of matcha latte is sure to make you smile with the cutest latte art!
But it’s not all about the looks either- despite being lighter in colour than most matcha lattes there’s a distinct rich matcha taste accompanied by a lingering sweetness after each sip which I’m quite fond of.
The food menu is spread across two pages, breakfast and lunch, and there is a noticeable health focus in their choice of grains (think wild rice bowls, barley, quinoa) and plenty of veggie filled options for lunch in the form of warm salads, which certainly gets my dietitian tick of approval!
The only problem?
Actually choosing something to order.
It’s an all too familiar predicament that I seem to have, luckily a quick chat wit the chef narrows it down slightly.
The mushroom risotto seems somewhat less exciting than some of the other offerings on the menu but we are so glad we went with the recommendation. It’s a substantial serving (perhaps enough for two even!) of creamy rice, topped with a medley of exotic mushrooms, truffle oil, percorino cheese and chives.
The rice component was truly decadent, but it’s the generous serve of exotic mushrooms that provides the depth of flavour, and the satisfying crunch provided by crisp, taro chips scattered across the top that make this risotto a real stand out.
My order of risotto also comes with a bonus side of grilled chicken, a thoughtful extra, simply marinated and pan fried served alongside a tartar sauce and alfalfa sprouts.
Milligram also stays on trend with a bit of fusion cuisine and you’ll find hints of Asian influence in the form of ingredients like yuzu and kimchi which appear in burgers and salads.
You’ll also find plenty of Asian flavours in the Prawns on Pond a very flamboyant offering of grilled prawns stacked upon bed of white kimchi. It’s a tactful choice of kimchi sans chilli which gives you all the crunch, sweet and tanginess of kimchi of without the spice. There’s much freshness in the melody of vegetables: cherry tomatoes, spanish onion, cucumber and radish, as well as textural contrast from crispy lotus root chips and creamy avocado. A drizzle of mango & lime chilli dressing brings all the flavours together and makes for a light, yet satisfying meal.
If you have intentions of trying one of their delectable looking cakes from the display, make sure you order less than you think you’ll need. For us, two meals was more than enough for two so regrettably we did not have the stomach space to fit in dessert.
Not to worry- I guess it gives us an excuse to come back again next time!
Whilst I usually choose menu items based on what I enjoy rather than nutritional composition, if you are looking for a healthier option when eating out, knowing how it is cooked and all the ingredients can make all the difference. That’s why I like that Milligram’s menu tells you exactly what is in each item on their menu, so that you’re well informed before making a choice!