DOPA Don and Milk Bar
Time Out says
Hectic desserts and don bowls by the dozen are the name of the game at this Devon Café offshoot in Haymarket
The streets of Tokyo and old-school Japanese milk bars are the source material for DOPA Don and Milk Bar, the sixth venture from the team behind the Devon Café empire. Much like the other cafés, there’s a playful, clean and modern aesthetic at work in this 70-seater on the corner of so-called 'Electric Treat Street' in the Darling Square precinct. Here, however, they’re trading luxe café cooking for a much larger menu focused on Japanese rice bowls (donburi) and full-throttle desserts.
On the savoury side, you’ve got a choice of more than 20 don variations, from a simple scrambled egg sitch all the way to bluefin tuna sashimi with the likes of karaage chicken, teriyaki beef tongue and katsu pork in between. Ingredients are sourced with care and attention, as explained by the detailed menu. Lighter snacks include classics like egg sandos, pork gyoza and agedashi tofu, but it pays to save a whole lotta room for dessert.
Sweet things here are indulgent with a capital ‘I’ and take East-West fusion to a whole other level. We’re talking matcha profiteroles with warm matcha and white chocolate sauce, black sesame pudding and tiramisu parfait with whipped cream cheese. You’ll also find Japanese shaved ice desserts known as kakigori, and a range of loaded Dopa shakes tricked up with coconut pandan milk, royal milk tea, cookie crumbs and iced chocolate. What else to drink, you ask? Iced teas galore with peach, yuzu and lychee in the mix, and – you guessed it – even more matcha.