‘Coffee for the people’ is Ozone’s slogan, and this artisan roasting joint-cum-café just off the Silicon Roundabout is bang on target. Occupying a perky industrial space featuring huge windows, stripped-back brickwork, weathered tables and hand-painted signs, it lives and breathes caffeine, with a wraparound espresso bar at the heart of things. The kitchen works from breakfast until lunchtime, delivering “huge” omelettes and bowls of porridge, before moving on to potato salad in caper mayo, kedgeree with poached egg or open roast beef sandwiches with aged Cheddar. Boozers can dip into the exclusively Kiwi wine list (Ozone’s owners are from New Zealand) or order a pint of local ale, although coffee is obviously the main event. Visitors are also encouraged to check out the traditional drum roaster, which is hidden away among sacks of beans downstairs.
Ara Wines has been at the forefront of the Kiwi wine movement to produce wines of greater subtlety and texture, mouthfeel and minerality, and generally greater food-friendliness. Until March 23, the Ara team is working with this restaurant in offering a range of its wines by the glass to showcase how well these Marlborough wines pair with food, but also to encourage you to think outside the box. Ask the sommelier to match a dish with an appropriate Ara wine and send your review of the match to [email protected] and you could be in with the chance to win a meal for two at the Michelin-starred Pied à Terre in Fitzrovia.
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