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Ozone Coffee

Restaurants, Cafés Shoreditch
4 out of 5 stars
(31user reviews)
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Time Out says

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.

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Address: 11 Leonard Street
London
EC2A 4AQ
Transport: Tube: Old Street
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4 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

4 / 5

Rating Breakdown

  • 5 star:13
  • 4 star:12
  • 3 star:1
  • 2 star:3
  • 1 star:2
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Tastemaker

Absolutely fantastic brunch!!! I love this place. The grilled nori flat bread with brown crab butter was absolutely to die for, and the waygu mince on focaccia was rich but delicious. The pancake made the perfect dessert to share, and the coffee was perfect. Will definitely be back.

tastemaker

Infused milk with your coffee is a dream. I loved the orange earl grey, but be warned the flavours change so don’t get too attached. When I was last there on a Sunday for brunch it was very busy and the food was slow to come out. The staff were apologetic for the delay and attentive while we were waiting. It was worth the wait. The green brekkie (potatoes, kale and tofu) was delicious. Plenty of GF, and vegetarian options available.


Smallest Eggs Benedict in the world for £13,5. Really?! You have one of the best coffee in Shoreditch so please stick to what you do the best.


Really good spot for a delicious brunch and coffee. Great ambiance and friendly staff.

Try to go early to avoid queues

tastemaker

Ozone is probably East London's best-kept secret! Brunch here is delicious (I took the Beetroot & cumin fry-bread w crushed avo, smoked yoghurt, apple, spring leaves, a poached egg and pastami spiced salmon). Bonus point for the decoration: you will be sit in an industrial decor/roastery place which makes the charm of the it. Queues at the weekend are long but you can book a table if you are 8 or more, so it's worth calling all of your friends now to try to organize something! You may have to wait to get your dishes on busy Saturdays, but it is worth the wait, thumbs up for Ozone!

Tastemaker

Wow! Best brunch I've had in ages and to echo what has already been said here, why the hell haven't I been here sooner! Try and nab a seat at the kitchen (literally) and watch the head chef manage the kitchen who is turning out these amazing brunch dishes. Not usually one to go for the 'Big brekkie' but wasn't too much and I didn't leave a single thing on the plate. Extremely reasonably priced with great atmosphere and even better staff. Check out the roaster downstairs! 5/5 experience!

Tastemakertastemaker

Not really sure why I haven't been here sooner.  Brunch + prosecco, central london and not too expensive. Win all round.  They were absolutely slammed on the day we went, waiting in line roughly 15mins to get a table.  Once we did, we were warned by the waitstaff that the kitchen was slammed, but to take our time and order any drinks.


We ordered a good variety of things to share between us - all from slightly off the average brunch options.  Everything was really good!  The show stopper for me though, was the mushrooms on toast.  Will definitely have to go back and try more of the menu, but we will be ordering this again!

Tastemaker

I can't believe I had been postponing my visit to Ozone coffee roasters that long, considering I live nearby. This place is great, with industrial decoration - because they're roasting the coffee there. Other than that, the coffee is pretty great and the food choices even better. There is seating area both upstairs and downstairs, where the roastery is. I tried the Big Brekkie and it was delicious. I had a bite from my friend's eggs benedict with halloumi and it was seriously good too. Definitely a brunch place worth trying - honestly, I want to try everything! Heads up for eggs Benedict! Beware of the queue though, there's always one but it's going fast.

Tastemaker

Another place for coffee! Another place to sit on your mac and blog about how tough life is in living in Shoreditch! OK OK its not that bad, but its just another coffee place to go to in the city serving better than Pret coffee. I broke it down as: If raining, go to Taylor Street (closer to office), if not, go to Ozone (nicer walk). 

tastemaker

My goodness me!  The joint was jumpin'.  at 10.00 am on a Friday morning, I thought this place would be quieter than the more well-known chains on the main road - but I was wrong - the word has obviously got around. The waiting staff however, remained calm and all 12 of us were served in strict" first ordered, first served" fashion.  The wait between ordering and being served unfortunately was 10 minutes, so definitely not the place for a "quick" cup of coffee.  For me, the coffee was too strong and not very hot - so not a place I would return to, which is a shame, as I liked the ambience.  

Tastemakertastemaker

I've never been to Ozone cafes before, but, apparently, this is a chain. The one in Old Street is spacious and full of light, open all day and serves full day menu. It also has its own coffee roastery on site. As I was sitting at the counter on the ground floor (there's a nook right above the stairs), I found that watching coffee being roasted down below can be as mesmerising as watching water flow or fire burn. The menu features all the regular coffee varieties you'd expect from an artisanal coffee shop. The beans are rotated regularly (I think maybe monthly), and they give you tasting notes of each coffee variety much like they would in a wine bar. But they are not as purist as to deny you the guilty pleasure of hot chocolate (my friend swears by it). In my books that's a plus. Every now and then I will have a milky coffee in the afternoon if I feel so inclined, and I will put a shot of syrup in my latte if I'm craving glucose. This time round I had a V60 coffee though. It was excellent.

The service is pretty patchy, though. You have to wait to be seated as you enter like you would in a restaurant, but without the benefit of having a bar to wait at or them offering to give you a call when some seating becomes available. Nor did they give us a time estimate as to how long we might need to wait. We were desperate so waited any way. It took us 10 min. So I'd say avoid the peak hours.


tastemaker

Turning down an alley right near Old street station on a Saturday morning, there it is a line of people waiting for great coffee, great vibe and even better food. As a coffee geek, this is the definition of coffee porn! the smell alone is amazing. Being able to have all kinds of coffee, v60, flat whites, and more. 


The food is far from the basic cafe food, it is delicious, I had the pancakes, and my meal won the breakfast. This is the perfect place for a mid week workplace or a weekend brunch with friends. 


Great place to meet for a catch-up with colleagues or friends and not just for coffee, the food is brilliant.


Probably my favourite cafe in London. Loads of coffee options (incl woodneck and syphon!), the menu isn't the standard brunch menu and it changes seasonally, the area is large and the roastery downstairs adds some personality. And the toilets are great too! What more could you want?

Tastemaker
Pictured is the baked egg, hickory beans and cheese with sausage and toast. Packed full of flavour although the toast was burnt at one end.

I had scrambled eggs on seeded sourdough toast, bacon, sausage and potato and mushroom stack. Everything was top notch. The scrambled egg was creamy. The potato and mushroom stack was delicious - I wish there was more of it!

The coffee was rather bitter today. I know Friends of Ours use their beans and it was made much better there. 
There were still a few tables at noonish but the restaurant was getting more and more bustling. 
Tastemaker

A bit of a brunch favourite for me - coffee roasted on site so it’s consistently good, and`I recently sampled the vanilla chai too which I’ll definitely be ordering again. I used to opt for the crab cake Benedict, which has sadly been replaced by bubble and squeak - whilst not so memorably delicious, it’s still very tasty - and be sure to get some herbed avocado on the side.

Tastemaker

Sept 5th. Brunch:


Egg's Benedict on Bubble and Squeek 10,5 (YUMMM!)

Big brekkie 11 (MMMMMMM)

Plus two different coffees and a lemon, ginger, honey infusion for me.


We were starved. They strategically sat us in front of the chefs so that we could watch the food coming out and drool- OMG! It worked. We ordered all of the above PLUS Sweet potato rosti with pulled chicken 14 (HEAVEN!). Mmmmmmm!!! 


Waitress knew a LOT about coffee and these two chefs, Italian and English, entertained us to the max! 5 stars to these guys for amazing food, amazing service and all the laughter! 


Best for: hangovers. 

Tastemaker

Coffee is always great, but I've had a bit of a hit and miss with food. I had a really dry, one-pan breakfast of eggs and lentils (I forgot what it's called on the menu) but have had delicious cake and sandwiches.


Perfect for a hipster brunch or delicious coffee. Warning, during the week there are loads of people on laptops and ipads having meetings. 


One great place just recently discovered from TIMEOUT which was never good but this time, TIME OUT guys have done a good research of various places and all are FAB. Must visit place for a hide out time and a coffee. I didn't try the food, but seems alrite. The best thing. Its NOT a RIP OFF. Enjoyed my time there. Staff is ok. Excellent interior.


such a lovely and trendy spot to hang out. The coffee is amazing and so is the service! This is my new spot!


Agree on second till - really needed. Been open nearly a year so time to put that right


Don't believe the hype. Food is just decent, but things like olive oil already in my toasts with butter and jam are confusing, not very good taste and extremely heavy too. Prices are ok. All the rest is average, starting with the service. These guys need better training, care more for little things (very hot water glasses, no salt in the tables, no cuttlery or napkins, and "organic" juices that come from some unknown source with to bright colours and are served with ice by default) Worst part of all was the sense of "chain" restaurant, with a dubious taste for music and annoyingly noisy. It is also quite dark unless you sit by the windows. All in all, not worth getting out of your way.


I've finally given up on Ozone. I've brunched there three times, grabbed a coffee on countless mornings. My first brunch was scrambled eggs on toast - decent - but let down by the measley two mushrooms that I bought for an extra 3 or so pounds. On my next visit I had scrambled eggs again, not bothering with the sides. The eggs were so dry that I had douse them in ketchup (not ideal). On my third and final visit I had the most tasteless omelette of my life. I gave up after eating a third of it, but the waitress did not ask why. Ozone is a nice-looking cafe. The coffee is ok, but the food is such a let down that I won't spend any more money on it. There are far nicer cafes in the area - Salvation Jane's just around the corner shows promise (although the service needs work) - and although live very close to Ozone I'll happily walk an extra ten minutes to Workshop Coffee for my future weekend brunches.


Been 5 times and the flat whites have been perfect every time - very rare to find in this neck of the woods. The food is spot on, service with a smile, great interior and brilliant atmosphere. Best cafe in London hands down.


Visited just after it opened and loved it. The coffee was excellent, I didn't realise I missed NZ coffee so much. Had the eggs benedict and it was really tasty. Just a pity that it is on the other side of London otherwise they wouldn't be able to get rid of me.


Loved it! Visited recently when in London and thought the coffee was amazing (although admittedly I had the trditional flatwhite). Atmosphere was fabulous and the granola (which I think of as muesli) was gorgeous and so filling I couldn't finish it. Loved the kiwi touches in the bathroom and cushions in the booths. Will return...


Went to Ozone today for Brunch- was brilliant. Nice interior, fantastic food and lovely staff. Slightly expensive, but nothing too bad at all and the quality of the food is great. The kitchen is the centre of the room and is completely open which makes a great viewpoint. Well worth a visit.


I cannot understand the hype for this place. The location is indeed interesting but I could not find the coffees special at all. We have also been very unlucky with the service as the waitress was very rude and unwelcoming, despite we have been polite and did not do anything to upset her (the other waiters looked more friendly though). Overall, I just think it is another coffee shop, with a good location, but nothing special about beverages and food


i strongly disagree with the reviewers comments - to me their filter coffee offering is strongly dosed - certainly compared to other top level specialty coffee places such as notes, tapped and packed and workshop. one of the key things you'll note at top level places, is the filter is served at a lower temperature than mcdonalds and the like - the brew temperature is optimised to get the most out of the coffee. and often aeropress in particular, is brewed cool. i think 3 stars is a bit rough. the environment is amazing, as is the service. the food and coffee are a whole shebang better than an average cafe.

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