Kiwi-owned Ozone has become a major hit with the office workers in and around Silicon Roundabout, and its ground-floor café is sometimes completely full even outside prime time. The endearingly un-refurbished basement space, where the beans are roasted, often holds greater promise of empty seats. Ozone has made a big deal of its food since it set up shop in 2012, and the menu remains a draw.
Standard dishes often have a touch of the unorthodox: kedgeree with fried shallots and salsa verde, for instance. Soup of the day is a reliable option. Coffee isn’t confined to espresso and its offshoots; there’s a daily changing pair of ‘slow-brew’ specials, and the expertly roasted beans show well with this treatment. A caveat about sitting in the basement roastery: coffee has a tendency to cool on its way down the stairs. But we can’t find much else to complain about here.