Haddock fritters, with egg and capers gribiche, celeriac herb salad, and salmon roe.
From Ora, in Kew.
Yes, there are indeed fritters everywhere at brunch these days - corn fritters, zucchini fritters, eggplant / cauliflower / ricotta… you name it. And yet, Ora’s haddock fritters were unusually delicious.
The haddock fritters were deep-fried fluffy haddock balls, atop a bed of creamy egg gribiche, which was laced with capers to break up its richness. A mildly dressed celeriac herb affair lightened the whole thing, and the sprinkling of salmon roe were little balls of delight.
What sets Ora apart - and the reason that it has firmly established itself not only as a local favourite but also as one of Melbourne’s respected café institutions - is that its ever changing menu not only sources the freshest seasonal produce, but it is also carefully designed. The dishes are novel, innovative, and enjoyable (as tried and tested by its patrons as specials prior to making its main menu).
Nestled in a quiet suburban corner of Kew, parking is not an issue despite the constant teeming flow of customers. The coffee never fails to impress, and for something different, the iced teas made on site are refreshing and delicious. It is a fail-safe brunch option in the suburban East, and it will never get boring as its menu is constantly evolving with unusual ingredients.