Milk Beach Soho

Australasian, Mediterranean, South East Asian·
Bronze Award

SquareMeal Review of Milk Beach Soho

Bronze Award

As you step into Milk Beach, the contrast to the pounding sights and smells of Soho is almost disorienting. Dark exteriors and neon signs are soon replaced by cream tilling and palm trees. Smiley staff, adorned in white, spa-like uniforms, welcome you to this ‘slice of Sydney’.

Aiming to try each section of the menu, we started with the raw offering. Jersey rock oysters were treated well, arriving atop a cup of sake and a soothing Thai cucumber consomme. Kingfish crudo, topped with strawberry kosho and wasabi, was deliciously fresh, although somewhat diluted by its superfluous bath of macadamia milk.

As vegetable dishes go, aubergine karaage is a bold choice. Here, its high water content yielded mushy results, although the various crunchy toppings helped. A fried potato and buttermilk ‘gem’ was similarly soft, lacking the crispiness its billing promised.

Just as the restaurant’s initial charm was starting to wear off, Milk Beach played its trump card - or rather, cards. Four modest dumplings for £9.50 might sound steep, but these were no ordinary dumplings. Thanks to painstaking barbecuing of the pork rib within, not to mention a stellar pho-style consomme, each plump cushion was a cosmic experience. Fermented chilli butter prawns had a similar effect, their charred heads easily sliding off to reveal more funky, fiery goodness. A sommelier-selected, mineral-rich Sicilian orange was the perfect accomplice, keeping pace throughout.

The final flourish was perhaps the most surprising. ‘Golden Gaytime’, an Aussie choc ice-type lolly, was reinvented here with toffee and buttermilk parfait, malt and honeycomb crumble and dark chocolate, and really did feel like the ‘slice of Sydney’ we were promised. At £35 a head for food, Milk Beach isn’t unreasonable, but the earlier half of the menu feels like it could do with some tweaking. In the meantime, we’ll happily stop by for more dumplings and dessert.

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £30 - £49
Australasian, Mediterranean, South East Asian
Fun, Lively
Food Occasions
All day dining, Brunch
Alfresco And Views
Outside seating
Special Features
Vegetarian options
Perfect for
Child friendly, Dates


After it’s smash success in Queen’s Park, all-day Australian restaurant Milk Beach is opening a second location in Soho this summer. The relaxed eatery will be housed in the Ilona Rose House building at the corner of Greek Street and Manette street, bringing a little slice of Sydney to one of London’s most vibrant neighbourhoods. 

The venue oozes a relaxed, beachy atmosphere. The interior is a beautifully calming space full of high ceilings, natural light and light wood detailing with a cream and beige colour palette punctuated by pops of green from foliage. Striped blue cushions add to the beachy vibe, while the beautiful terazzo flooring adds some Mediterranean flavour. It also boasts a fantastically secluded outdoor courtyard with enough space for 65 diners, ideal for summer cocktails and brunches. 

Milk Beach strives to serve up a menu that represents ‘the diverse cultures that make up modern day Australian cuisine.’ The food will stay true to their effortless blend of South-East Asian and Mediterranean cuisine, along with several BBQ dishes. Expect some of Milk Beach’s signature dishes such as Chinese five spice BBQ pork rib dumplings and koji marinated chicken ‘schnitty’, but there will be some changes under new chef Josh Deacon, formerly of Riding House Café and the Savoy Grill. He brings with him an exciting new range of personalised dishes, including crab ravioli with spiced courgette, oysters with roast chicken butter, and Belted Galloway bone-in ribeye with smoked bone marrow and tare.  

True to Australian stereotypes, brunch is a massive deal here. Expect intriguing dishes like Vietnamese curried crab and folded eggs on a house-made crumpet to spice up your brunch, which is available all day long.  

Good news for all cocktail fans - a new location means new concoctions. Swing on by to quench your thirst.  


Is the menu different to the Queen's Park site?

Yes, the menu is almost entirely different.

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Are there vegetarian options?

Yes, there are some vegetarian options.

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What kind of food is served here?

Australian-inspired sharing plates.

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111 Charing Cross Road, Soho, London, WC2H 0DT

020 8144 8277 020 8144 8277


Opening Times

Mon Closed
Tue 17:00-23:00
Wed 17:00-23:00
Thu 17:00-00:00
Fri 17:00-00:00
Sat 17:00-00:00
Sun Closed


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