Ora is a new favourite local cafe of mine, having already been 4 times and loved each meal. Ora is an organic cafe, with a focus on local produce, respecting each humble ingredient and creating healthy, nourishing food. So much care and effort is put into preparing each dish, with labouring tasks like creating fresh bone broth, activating nuts, soaking and sprouting grains and fermenting vegetables being a key aspect of most. The cafe itself is beautiful, simple and peaceful, featuring divine wooden table tops and seating, glass jars filled with ingredients lining the shelves, big folding windows opening out onto Whistler Street and sunshine beaming in.
The menu is small, varied and seasonal, with specials also featuring on the blackboard weekly. I have only visited for breakfast so am yet to comment on their lunch menu, but I can give nothing but praise based on the incredible breakfasts I have had here. The winning dish so far is probably the Fermented Oatmeal with carrots, oats, spices and a crunchy topping of nuts & seeds served w/ almond milk, maple, hemp & a dollop of yogurt. Sounds strange, but it is such a tasty dish with a soft porridgy centre and crunchy corners from being baked in the oven. My mum, a health-food sceptic, is possibly even a bigger fan of this dish than me! But she asks for some extra maple to add that extra bit of sweetness. As for the other breakfast items, the Ora breakfast plate is a great simple wholesome start to the day with the most perfectly ghee-fried eggs, but my favourite egg dish was a special they had on: ghee-fried eggs with homemade pesto and chilli sauce with avocado & sauerkraut. As for their baked goods, everything I have tried has been amazing! The hands-down best one is their coconut macaroon dipped in dark chocolate, but I can also highly recommend their muffins (below is their banana & buckwheat one, which was so moist and delicious !) and their organic croissants which fly off the cabinet like hotcakes.
The drinks menu is extensive, featuring kombucha, turmeric lattes, magic hot chocolates, organic coffee and teas, kefirs and special smoothies. I’ve only tried the coffee and turmeric latte so far; the coffee being excellent and the turmeric latte being a little odd at first but it definitely grew on me and I’ve come to enjoy it.
I’m a huge fan of natural, organic eating, especially all things fermented, so Ora has been a very welcome addition to my go-to breakfast spots. I love what the team here are doing and so do all the locals. Ora has created such a huge following of Manly-siders excited for their morning coffee, runny eggs and discovering what treats are in the cabinet. It’s well worth a visit and a great escape from the busy strips of Manly. The local market is just opposite on a Wednesday and Sunday, the local co-op grocer is just a few doors down and my favourite boutique in Manly, Bow & Arrow, is only a few doors down too! Why not check out all of these wonderful places on Whistler Street after your breakfast? X
17B Whistler St
Manly, NSW 2095