Friday, July 3, 2015
Mountain of Bears
The once bleak level crossing of North Rd Ormond has been experiencing a culinary renaissance. It seems that with the opening of Jimmy Grants by George Colombaris, it's now acceptable to operate an establishment with a pinch of "North of the Yarra" style among the Subway's and KFC's of the proliferating in the area.
Mountain of Bears, with its cryptic name and hidden location should be a recipe for disaster. However, serving excellent coffee and generous food seems to make up for the disadvantage.
Started up by folks from Manchester Press and Cafe Loco, it is unsurprising that the coffee is excellent. It certainly rates as one of the prettier flat whites I've had in a while too with some very crafty latte art.
Food favours the all day breakfast menu with non breakfast leaning on a range of bagels. As is the trend of the past 12-18 months, one of the fillings is pulled "something", in this case pork. The serving is very generous, with lots of pickled and crunchy textures to break things up.
The only criticism would be the sauce zig zagged over the bottom of the plate. Unless it is drizzled in an "it's so outdated we're being ironic" effort, it looks a bit naff and also makes it impossible should you wish to try and enjoy the bagel as a bagel rather than an open bagel sandwich.
Overall, Mountain of Bears is a great place with great coffee. As long as you can find space between the strollers and the hipsters with helmets and macbooks taking up more than their share of space, it is a great place for lunch or breakfast
Mountain of Bears
556 North Rd,
Ormond VIC 3204
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