This weekend I decided to delve further Eastwards in search of a wonderful coffee house with a great brunch. Shoreditch is renowned for it’s urban, bohemian vibe and the younger crowd that it attracts.
When I think of Shoreditch or the East as a whole, the words that come to my mind first are often ‘quirky,’ ‘hipster’ and ‘art.’ It’s definitely a more thrilling place to be for a twenty something year old Londoner – but on top of this, the food is generally cheaper.
‘Ozone Coffee Roasters’ on Leonard Street in Shoreditch is where I sat down on Sunday and had brunch.
The decor inside is similar to that of many trendy restaurants and bars nowadays, with the interior pipes of the building protruding from the ceiling and copper/steel on show, adding to the urban vibe.
We were seated at the bar, so we were able to see our food being made. The chefs were all working exceptionally fast to keep up with the amount of orders coming in. One thing I wasn’t impressed with was to see one chef eating some of the ingredients every time he went to make an order of the pancakes – switching between putting your hands in your mouth and then on the customers plate isn’t hygienic or pleasant!
The only other qualm we had was with the size of the George’s latte, little too small for our liking. It was incredibly creamy and delicious – meaning the ungenerous portion was even more disappointing. Such a tease!
However, apart from these hiccups, my brunch was to die for. Ozone offer an all day brunch menu. For £11.50 I had the Eggs Benedict on Bubble ‘n’ Squeak with hollandaise and dill salmon which was the most expensive brunch item on the menu.
The “bubble and squeak” was deep fried potato balls covered in breadcrumbs with some peas inside. It was mouth-watering. Perfectly poached eggs and who would have thought to put fried potato balls with poached eggs?!
George had the ‘Eggs any style on The Dusty Knuckle seeded sourdough’ with herbed avocado as an extra for £9, which he also thoroughly enjoyed.
The service was friendly and laid back in Ozone, but who’s rushing around on a Sunday for brunch anyway? I’d definitely come here for the coffee if anything, which you can order to takeaway.
If you want to visit: 11 Leonard Street, London, EC2A 4AQ
Take a peak at the website: http://www.ozonecoffee.co.uk/