Ora Specialty Coffee, Kew

4/17/2017 , 0 Comments

Ora Specialty Coffee is a cosy and small cafe located in Kew that prides itself on premium coffee and seasonal produce. The cafe is easily accessible by a number of buses, and there's also plenty of parking on the street that it's located on.

The cafe itself has quite simple decor; the only decorations are the black and white photos in simple black frames that cover two of the white walls. Light streams in from the large windows at the front of the cafe, and upbeat music plays softly in the background. The staff were friendly and attentive, and there wasn't too long of a wait for our food.

The menu at Ora isn't very extensive, but there's a good range of sweet and savoury dishes for both breakfast and lunch, and the menu does change depending on the season. The dishes we went with were the Spiced Tiffin Egg ($19) and the Beef Ribs 'n' Roll Burger ($19).

The spiced tiffin egg dish came with kipfler potatoes, kasundi tomato relish, sumac and cumin yoghurt, a charred spring onion dressing and cashew crumbs. Spiced Tiffin is the vegetarian version of scotch eggs, with the use of curry paste and carrots instead of meat to cater for vegetarians. Not knowing this at the time, it was unexpected to have curry flavours, but definitely an interesting twist and still delicious. The egg inside was cooked perfectly, with the yolk oozing out when cut into. The bread did get a bit soggy underneath all the ingredients of the dish, but it contrasted nicely to the crispy outer of the egg. It would've been good to have more of the yoghurt, relish and dressing as the flavour wasn't very strong, and it felt like there was a bit too much potato in the dish in comparison to everything else. The dish was a very generous portion, almost to the point of being too much, but was full of flavour.

The beef of the burger was cooked in a bone marrow emulsion, and was served with kimchi, baby cucumber, caramelised onion, cumin salt and a side of wedges. This was an extremely delicious dish that was full of flavour and not too heavy. The use of bone marrow emulsion to cook the beef gave it a soft tenderness and at the same time maintaining its juiciness, and was balanced out really well with the refreshing cucumber and kimchi flavours. On top of this, the bread for the burger was brioche, which complimented the flavours even more with its slight sweetness, and it was really great that it didn't become all soggy even with all the beef. The burger was really messy to eat and the sauce dripped everywhere, but this was easily cleaned up with the large chunky wedges that were served on the side!

It was a great dining experience at Ora Specialty Coffee (despite not having tried the coffee itself!), and I can see why the cafe has such high ratings and is so popular in the area. Worth a try for sure!

Ambience: 8/10
Service: 8/10
Food: 8.5/10
Price: $$

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