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Milk Beach Soho restaurant offers Australian menu at Ilona Rose House

Queen’s Park neighborhood favorite Milk Beach will open a second restaurant in Soho this summer, moving into the new Ilona Rose House building near Charing Cross Road.

It will retain the cheerful all-day Aussie vibe of the original, but will modify its menu, adopting a more “modern Australian” line now dominant in its major cities. The opening menu is expected to include flavors of crab dumplings with fermented chili oil; a fried whole seabass; and grilled prawns with tamari butter.

For coffee fans, there’s more exciting news: Matthew Robley-Siemonsma, Milk Beach coffee shop manager and veteran of London institutions Prufrock and Tap Coffee, will launch a new roast at the same time as the restaurant, called Album.

It will also continue its all-day allure with more Down Under-inspired brunch dishes, including Vietnamese Crab Curry; folded eggs; and hash browns served with kale, bacon and bagna cauda.

It’s a sort of reversal of the dominant trajectory occasioned by COVID-19, in which restaurants that once relied on footfall in central London have turned to neighborhood locations; Milk Beach hopes Soho will be as welcoming as NW6.

More soon.