Out with the old, in with the new. Barely a week after Le Petit Bistro, an old-fashioned Balham caff, closed its doors, newcomer Milk sprung up in its wake. The site is well-placed on the junction of Hildreth Street Market and Bedford Hill, so it was unlikely to stay empty long. Milk’s vibe is just-back-from-the-festival, with a raggle-taggle crew of young, friendly staff who brew up serious coffee (beans supplied by St Ali). The cappuccino was good enough to give Bertie & Boo some serious competition. Likewise the surroundings are shabby chic, with a slightly unnerving severed doll head punctuating the otherwise airy, good-looking space of wood tables and white-washed brick walls. By contrast, the kitchen plays it safe, using quality ingredients to turn out a small selection of breakfasts, sarnies and cakes. On our two visits the food was okay rather than sensational, making it a more of a chill-out destination than a serious culinary destination, much like the nearby Lavish Habit, – but it’s a welcome symptom of the renaissance of Hildreth Street Market .