Ora Cafe is a popular funky cafe in Kew that brings the love. For those of us in the Eastern suburbs it's just a hop skip and jump off the Eastern. Ora exudes funk and charm being in a wonderful pocket of Kew and is a winner with the locals. It has a homely and welcoming feel altogether enhanced by the more than friendly staff.
The building has its own charm and the large windows bring in welcome natural light. The ambience is accentuated by the quirky artwork, naked bulbs, the thatched roofing material above, a mother of a communal table, and the retro tiles.
Initially it was hard to get a table for the three of us. Saturday morning peak hour is about taking your chances. A couple graciously move3d from a table of four to allow us to have the table. (Sometimes customers resist such as the time a guy refused to budge from a table of eight to make way for our large group in Richmond despite the fact he was flying solo).
Coffee is a big deal at Ora Cafe. You know this after you find yourself engaged in a 5 min conversation with a waiter as you order your cofee. I was leaning towards espresso but then I leaned back to the filter. I was also intrigued by the Cold Drip Rwanda "Buf".
Then the waiter hit me with "Try our magic brew." Too enticing so I went with the magic. Slightly smaller coffee with much less milk and intense flavours. Glad I did.
The coffee I would describe as nutty with some chocolate and rasberry characteristics. And it was their house blend. Magic.
A Strada coffee machine was doing the business.
Breakfast options are excellent. The food is creative and fresh with seasonal ingredients. You can grab yourself an omelette or potato with smoked haddock fritters.
We were impressed with the mini buns with egg and bacon in sour dough. So good. So we had three.
Ora cafe is also famous for its Gingerbread pancake and the Hot Duck Roll.
There were also delectable cakes including some eye catching brownies, which we also purchased.
Ora Cafe is a place I want to come back to. Inviting, funky, retro, quality.