Like stepping into an industrialised dairy farm, Milk The Cow on Fitzroy Street is one part fromagerie and one part bar. There are an abundance of natural design elements including sleek wooden tables, an aggregate bar and a faux grass wall that gives that casual, outdoorsy feel. Representing the cool factor in this pretty tableau, there are chandeliers made from milking equipment, stainless steel bar racks and hipster staff donning check shirts. Getting a seat in this cosy space can be a squeeze, so perch in front of the bar to take in all the action (and maybe a little sample) or enjoy the company of others at the large communal table for 12 in the back.
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With over 100 varieties of artisan cheeses sourced from around the world (read: France and Victoria), things can get a little daunting. Enter the resident cheesemonger, dressed smartly in a crisp white lab coat complete with pocket protector, to expertly guide guests through cheese and wine pairings. The key at Milk The Cow is simplicity and country hospitality. Forget fruits, nuts and compotes on an over-stuffed cheese board. Instead, diners receive a generous portion of cheesy goodness, served minimally with a side of sliced baguette and a sliver of quince, served just above room temperature.
Cheese and wine are perfect partners, so Milk The Cow has carefully selected a list with the best from Victoria and abroad. Not into wine? There are plenty of craft beers and spirits available, which also come with their own cheese pairings. Don't worry if you get a little carried away at the bar though, as there are pre-packaged cheese boards ready to take home with all the necessary accoutrements placed neatly inside. Nice touch.