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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.


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!


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?!


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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sammie92 3:11 pm 26 Mar 15

I went to Ona yesterday and the service was good, we had a lovely lady serve us, it was her first day but she was still very helpful. They food on the other hand was another story. As someone who has allergies all I ordered was two poached eggs with avocado, grilled tomato (I got one tomato cut in half grilled) and mushrooms with a tea. That’s it. No bread and no meat. I was charged $28.50 for this, $4.50 being for the tea. Now that is simply ridiculous.

Zan 2:37 pm 25 Mar 15

On recommendations on RA I tried to go to Two Hands, but the noise level of their terribly loud music I turned around. Too noisy for me and I would not sit on the footpath which the trucks rumbling past spewing fumes.

I can recommend Celestino Café Bar – Pirie St, noise level low, rubberised paint on the floor and high ceilings. Also I am impressed they remember what coffee we have, not that we go often, maybe once a month. Good food too.

I think my tolerance to noise levels are not as high as Alexandra Craig’s tolerance.

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