Kyosk Cafe

 

Another recommendation – this time from Geelong Coffee follower, Kathryn of Ocean Grove. Thanks, Kathryn!

Kyosk is attached to the Kyo Yoga centre in The Parade in Ocean Grove. There a number of different areas within the cafe, including a couple of outdoor sections – ideal for a nice sunny winter day like today. Being Sunday lunchtime, there was a great mix of people enjoying each other’s company in a friendly, relaxed environment.

There was a little confusion about whether table service was offered or not – it appears that different parts of the cafe work in different ways. Either way, I ended up ordering my coffee and stepped outside to enjoy some sunshine.

Kyosk are promoting themselves as “Ocean Grove‚Äôs newest foodie haven”, according to their web site. I feel a bit uncomfortable with the whole “foodie” thing – my food tastes are relatively simple and so I was pleased to see that there were relatively unsophisticated items on the menu as well as few more complex offerings for the “foodies” of Ocean Grove.

The coffee was really good. Served in the correct cup with a good solid crema, it tasted as good as it looked. A rich and smooth flavour that would have seen me ordering a second cup had I not been to another cafe immediately beforehand.

The cafe is very much family friendly, wiht kids menu items as well. My main criticism relates to its location – right on the bend where The Terrace meets Hodgson Street. With the exception of a couple of disabled parks immediately outside the cafe, you will need to park in the shopping centre car park and walk across. Something to think about from a child-friendly perspective.

That said, I’ll certainly return for another coffee next time I’m in Ocean Grove.

 

Address: 91 The Parade
Suburb: Ocean Grove
Web Site: www.kyosk.com.au
Telephone: 0403 811 273
Open: Seven days per week
Price: $4.00
Coffee Suppliers: Proud Mary
Headline: Tricky location but otherwise a really good, family-friendly place to drink really good coffee.
Coffee Rating: Four stars

Uncle Jack’s Cafe

 

Uncle Jack’s Cafe has been established in 2015 in the old Ocean Grove Corner Store on the corner of Hodgson Street and The Terrace. Having served the town as a general store for over 100 years, the new owners have converted the store into a cafe, maintaining some of the existing ambience whilst modernising the surroundings. One of the features of the cafe is the glass floor over the top of the old cellar. The area underneath has been converted to a garden providing some greenery right in the middle of the floorspace.

From an interior design and restoration perspective, I really like what they have done. The menu looks like it would be a good place to eat too but the coffee … well, I felt a little let down.

The coffee was served in a cappuccino cup (and you know how much I like that) and, as is generally the case when this occurs, the crema was fractured. I would described the coffee as good rather than anything more than that and given the effort that has been made to get the venue looking as good as it is, that was disappointing. I suspect that, having just gone through their first summer in the cafe, the owners would have been run off their feet for the last few months. Now that they have settled back into “normal” life, I think that they should make the quality of their coffee their focus.

 

Address: 82 The Terrace (Trak Arcade)
Suburb: Ocean Grove 3226
Web Site: www.unclejackscafe.com.au
Telephone: 03 5256 3735
Open: Seven days per week
Price: $4.00
Coffee Suppliers: Unknown
Headline: Fantastic venue in an iconic Ocean Grove building and in a prominent location. Given the amount of work that has gone into restoring the building, the coffee was a little disappointing.
Coffee Rating: Three and a half stars

Dear White Hart

 

Dear White Hart is located in an arcade off the main street of Ocean Grove with plenty of parking in the shopping centre car park behind the building. The shop itself is an unusual shape due to the shape of the arcade and its location in it. An associate and I sat out the front of the cafe, using one of three or four two-seat tables that are provided.

The coffee was served in the correct cup and displayed a good crema – so far so good! The flavour was also really good.

My only criticism relates to the size of the cafe – not only is it quite small but it gave me a slight feeling of claustrophobia. Sitting outside was certainly preferable but then we were subjected to a fair amount of foot traffic because the arcade is used by many as the cut-through between car park and main street of Ocean Grove.

It does lead to something of a dilemma, faced by many cafe owners. The cafe is small and therefore can become quite cramped, quite quickly. But is that part of what makes it appealing? If the owners suddenly decided to move to a much larger facility, would the cafe lose some of the intimacy that makes it a nice cafe?

Fortunately, I only have to taste and comment on their coffee and not provide them with a five year business plan! Either way, if you are in Ocean Grove, stop off at Dear White Hart and I think you’ll be pleased with the coffee they serve to you.

 

Address: 5/73 The Terrace (Trak Arcade)
Suburb: Ocean Grove 3226
Web Site: www.facebook.com/whitehartcoffeebar
Telephone: Not available
Open: Six days per week (closed Sunday)
Price: $4.00
Coffee Suppliers: Padre
Headline: Very small location in an off-street arcade. Coffee really good. Seems to be really popular with the locals which is always a good sign.
Coffee Rating: Four stars

The Endless Summer Cafe

 

And so, when it is going to be a glorious 26 degrees here in the beautiful Geelong region, there is only one thing for it – head towards the beach for a coffee (and some breakfast too!). On today’s menu is The Endless Summer Cafe in the main shopping strip in Ocean Grove – it just seems like the right kind of venue for a day like today. Seriously, the only thing missing was the late, great Billy Thorpe warbling through a rendition of “It’s Almost Summer”!

With the choice of indoor or outdoor dining with the occasional sea view (depending on where you sit), the setting is ideal for a lazy Sunday breakfast. Unfortunately, the coffee was presented in a cappuccino shaped cup (again!!) with a crema that only covered about 50% of the surface (and you can imagine how thick the rest of the crema was).

All in all, the coffee tasted OK but since this is the first review for Ocean Grove, I sincerely hope that this doesn’t represent the best coffee in town. It was a reasonable accompaniment to my breakfast but wouldn’t stand up as the best coffee experience on its own.

Pleasant enough surroundings with a good mix of young surfie types, old surfie types and a smattering of families and older folks. A good place to have breakfast. Hopefully not the best place to have coffee in Ocean Grove.

 

Address: 1/63A The Terrace
Suburb: Ocean Grove 3226
Web Site: www.theendlesssummercafe.com.au
Telephone: 5255 3293
Open: Seven days per week
Price: $3.80
Coffee Suppliers: Unknown
Headline: A nice place to have breakfast, inside or out. Hopefully this doesn’t represent the best coffee in town.
Coffee Rating: Three and a half stars