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Weekend Cafe Hot Spot: ONA, Fyshwick

By Sophia Carlini - 21 March 2015 22

Since moving into our new apartment, my partner and I have been spending a lot of time in Fyshwick. I don’t know about you, but I just feel like there isn’t a lot of choice when it comes to food out there. We were close to hangry (angry as a result of being hungry) so Mike, my partner, suggested ONA as we both really like the one in Manuka. Although it seemed busy, parking was very easy. We made our way in and sat down.

Service was slow and the menus took what felt like forever to get to the table. I was having a hard time choosing as the menu items seemed quite heavy; from brioche rolls to polenta chips and chorizo. I ended up choosing the Junee lamb ragu with Persian feta, poached eggs and sourdough ($19.80), which is still a heavy meal but sounded the tastiest. Mike ordered the Roasters brekkie: smashed avocado, tomato, poached eggs and crispy prosciutto ($17.60).

It could have been because we were in a hurry but I felt as though the meals took a long time to come out. My lamb ragu looked amazing, wonderfully presented on a wooden board. Looking over at Mike’s I knew he was going to be disappointed; it was tiny, and the poached eggs were the smallest eggs I had ever seen (I am not even exaggerating). Mike actually asked the waiter to order an additional side of eggs for him.  My photograph makes this look way better and bigger than it was.

Brekkie

Admittedly, with a little added salt, the ragu was absolutely delicious. It was very much a Spanish-style dish with black olives scattered throughout and a rich tomato sauce – yum yum!

Ragu

Prior to breakfast we had ordered a coffee and tea. Again, we were waiting for ages. In fact, my tea had been forgotten and I had to remind the waitress.

A little disappointed with breakfast and the service, we thought we would pick up an old favourite on our way home – a pistachio flavoured cronut. How can you ever be disappointed by a cronut?!

Cronut

I’ve since been back to ONA Fyshwick for coffee twice, but when it comes to breakfast it isn’t my favourite place in Canberra.

If you’d like to make up your own mind about ONA Fyshwick, you can find them at 68 Wollongong Street.

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Weekend Cafe Hot Spot: ONA, Fyshwick
pptvb 8:39 pm 23 Mar 15

Glenny said :

>>my partner and I have been spending a lot of time in Fyshwick. I don’t know about you, but I just feel like there isn’t a lot of choice when it comes to food out there.

I’m sorry, we’re talking about the same Fyshwick in Canberra, right? Just a quick whiparound of the places we frequently lunch (in no particular order):

Ona Coffee – Wollongong St
Two Hands Café – Lyell St
Box Diner Café – Tennant St
Plumb on Tennant – Tennant St
Buzz Café – Maryborough St
Cosmorex – Kembla St
Zierholz Brewery – Kembla St
Celestino Café Bar – Pirie St
Silk Café – Cessnock St
Dream Cuisine – Whyalla St

It’s by no means exhaustive as there are quite a few more than that, but we have eaten at all the above on multiple occasions and there’s a large variety on what’s on offer right there.

You missed Pellegrinos on Wollongong St. Great brekkie.

ONA’s coffee & service are very ordinary.
Best coffee (&service) in Fyshwick are Silk &Cellestinos

Maya123 6:42 pm 23 Mar 15

rubaiyat said :

You added salt to a ragu that already had olives in it?

I had similar amazed thoughts about the added salt too.

rubaiyat 5:22 pm 23 Mar 15

Dame Canberra said :

Zierholz

Hmmmm, beer breakfasts!

Do they still do those mini kegs? Haven’t had one since my son used to work for them, but they were good!

One thing we lack in Canberra but is big in Auckland is refillables from the micro breweries.

watto23 4:48 pm 23 Mar 15

Dame Canberra said :

Glenny said :

Ona Coffee – Wollongong St
Two Hands Café – Lyell St
Box Diner Café – Tennant St
Plumb on Tennant – Tennant St
Buzz Café – Maryborough St
Cosmorex – Kembla St
Zierholz Brewery – Kembla St
Celestino Café Bar – Pirie St
Silk Café – Cessnock St
Dream Cuisine – Whyalla St

It’s by no means exhaustive as there are quite a few more than that, but we have eaten at all the above on multiple occasions and there’s a large variety on what’s on offer right there.

Agreed. Fyshwick is seriously home to some of the best coffee and food in Australia – you just have to know where to look. Love Flute, Dream Cuisine and Two Hands. Zierholz is good for a big feed too.

Haven’t been to Plumb on Tennant but I know people who rave about it.

To be fair not all are open weekends or sundays, which is when I suspect the reviewer went. I think ONA is open sundays now, but it never used to be.

Dame Canberra 3:50 pm 23 Mar 15

Glenny said :

Ona Coffee – Wollongong St
Two Hands Café – Lyell St
Box Diner Café – Tennant St
Plumb on Tennant – Tennant St
Buzz Café – Maryborough St
Cosmorex – Kembla St
Zierholz Brewery – Kembla St
Celestino Café Bar – Pirie St
Silk Café – Cessnock St
Dream Cuisine – Whyalla St

It’s by no means exhaustive as there are quite a few more than that, but we have eaten at all the above on multiple occasions and there’s a large variety on what’s on offer right there.

Agreed. Fyshwick is seriously home to some of the best coffee and food in Australia – you just have to know where to look. Love Flute, Dream Cuisine and Two Hands. Zierholz is good for a big feed too.

Haven’t been to Plumb on Tennant but I know people who rave about it.

Glenny 3:36 pm 23 Mar 15

>>my partner and I have been spending a lot of time in Fyshwick. I don’t know about you, but I just feel like there isn’t a lot of choice when it comes to food out there.

I’m sorry, we’re talking about the same Fyshwick in Canberra, right? Just a quick whiparound of the places we frequently lunch (in no particular order):

Ona Coffee – Wollongong St
Two Hands Café – Lyell St
Box Diner Café – Tennant St
Plumb on Tennant – Tennant St
Buzz Café – Maryborough St
Cosmorex – Kembla St
Zierholz Brewery – Kembla St
Celestino Café Bar – Pirie St
Silk Café – Cessnock St
Dream Cuisine – Whyalla St

It’s by no means exhaustive as there are quite a few more than that, but we have eaten at all the above on multiple occasions and there’s a large variety on what’s on offer right there.

Alexandra Craig 9:18 am 23 Mar 15

Zan said :

I went there once looking for a good coffee, but the noise was just too much for an older person with tinnitus. Why do I have to listen to other people’s loud music? Does anyone know where I can get a quiet cup of good coffee?

Zan said :

By the way, it is not only the loud music. It is also the noise of the grinder, the squealing of the coffee machine, the banging of the spent coffee into the bin. And everyone talking above the noise. If the music, grinder and coffee machine were quieter then people wouldn’t shout, would they?

I’ve never found it noisy when I’ve been there, and I hate noise and loud music. Though, I always sit outside. It’s quite pleasant and I’m 90 per cent sure they have heaters for winter.

Zan 9:00 am 23 Mar 15

By the way, it is not only the loud music. It is also the noise of the grinder, the squealing of the coffee machine, the banging of the spent coffee into the bin. And everyone talking above the noise. If the music, grinder and coffee machine were quieter then people wouldn’t shout, would they?

Zan 8:57 am 23 Mar 15

I went there once looking for a good coffee, but the noise was just too much for an older person with tinnitus. Why do I have to listen to other people’s loud music? Does anyone know where I can get a quiet cup of good coffee?

rosscoact 10:53 pm 22 Mar 15

Went into ONA on a Saturday to buy my weekly kilo of beans. I soon realised that it would take 15 minutes to get to the counter to order said beans as the long line was mainly ordering breakfast.

I went to Black Mountain down the road to get the coffee beans and found they were fantastic so I don’t have to stand in line for a simple transaction as is required at ONA and LSR for that matter. But, to be that popular they are obviously doing something right.

Masquara 8:12 pm 22 Mar 15

I noticed a cafe at Dickson that I hadn’t seen before – Good Brothers . I didn’t try it. Sophia is it on your list for a review?

Alexandra Craig 8:10 pm 22 Mar 15

Oh no! I’m sorry your experience at ONA was cr@p. I love this place! My partner reckons it has the best coffee in Canberra, and I reckon the bacon and egg rolls aka the ONA Rolls are the best in the whole world. Maybe you caught them on a bad weekend? They are usually super busy when I go but haven’t had any problems with wait times. 🙁

CrazyWhippetSheila 7:46 pm 22 Mar 15

I have to disagree. Ona at Fyshwick is a great place for breakfast. The waiting staff are attentive. The orders are filled quickly. The bacon and egg roll with homemade tomato salsa is superb. What’s the crowning glory is that they happily welcome pooches. Oh, the coffee is stunning. There’s nothing to dislike. I’m sorry you had an average experience. But maybe try again…

Cbgb 6:46 pm 21 Mar 15

I have been disappointed by the brekkies at the manuka cafe too – tiny portions and over cooked miniscule poached eggs

rubaiyat 2:32 pm 21 Mar 15

You added salt to a ragu that already had olives in it?

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