LOTI EATS | OZONE COFFEE BETHNAL GREEN
Ozone Coffee in Shoreditch is one of our fave places to get a brew in town and now the Kiwi company has opened a second site in Bethnal Green. Even though it’s a pretty sizeable set-up, it’s very understated from the outside, tucked back off the main road next to the Royal Mail Delivery Office that most Hackney residents will have had the pleasure of queuing outside.
The roastery part of the operation lives on one side of the building and the cafe/restaurant is on the other, with an open kitchen and coffee bar running almost the entire length of the space. It’s got a very different look to the original Ozone; they’ve swapped exposed brick and industrial fixtures for brighter interiors with lots of pale wood and dried flower arrangements.
There’s a focus on sustainable cookery in the kitchen here with plenty of in-house fermenting, pickling and smoking going on too. The menu features British produce with a sprinkling of global influences and there’s a distinct autumnal feel to it all. Locally-made burrata came hidden under a mountain of green apple and bitter leaf salad, with grilled sourdough on the side. Crispy hogget breast, with Essex grains, roast grapes and a big dollop of White Lake goats curd, was similarly earthy and a perfect match for a glass of big Spanish red.
As this Ozone has a standalone pizza oven, we also tried the pepperoni, Somerset mozzarella, ricotta and tomato calzone; although the fermented dough isn’t heavy, there was a lot of it so next time we’d probably opt for a pizza as they looked to have a thinner crust. We were only able to split the warm rice pudding with apple and seeded praline for dessert. The toppings did give it a bit of a breakfast vibe but you just can’t beat a good rice pudding on a cold November night (and we’ve eaten plenty of breakfast food for dinner in our time).
Whether you want to pop-in for a pizza or linger over brunch, Ozone has you covered all day long, and they pour a bloody good brew too.
8 Pritchard’s Road, London, E2 9AP