I think most inner-westies know about the Olympia Milk Bar. It’s on Parramatta Road, Stanmore and hasn’t changed in the last 40+ years.
It’s famous for the retro decor (and all the old posters and boxes of old chocolates and soft drinks), but also famous for the scary guy who owns the joint. He’s got the nickname Mr Death and even though I’d never been in the shop before, I was already scared of him.
Dan went in YEARS ago (as in, 10+ years ago) and ordered a milkshake. He got yelled at by “Mr Death” because he dared to ask for more milk in his milkshake. And he didn’t go back… until last weekend.
You don’t go to the Olympia Milk Bar for fast service. It took a while, but eventually we were able to order two milkshakes ($2.80 each) and enjoy the interior while we waited.
I’ve done some googling and you can get coffee and tea here. But no cappuccino. He doesn’t “do” that fancy stuff.
The milkshake turns up in a banged up metal/aluminium/whatever glass and while not the most flavoursome milkshake, it’s well worth it for the nostalgia.
Like Dan remembered from ten years ago, the glass was only about half full, but I managed to stop him from going up to ask for more milk ;)
To be honest, I don’t know why people are scared of this old guy running the shop. He was polite enough to us and even smiled at one point!
Didn’t stop me from freaking out when I realised he saw that I was taking photos!!
Olympia Milk Bar
190 Parramatta Road, Stanmore