Mountain of Bears is Ormond's answer to trendy inner city cafes tucked away into laneways. The North Road shopping strip may not have laneways covered in artistic graffiti, but it does have a small, unassuming arcade. Mountain of Bears specialises in bagels, which, after its obscure location, is your second clue of the cafe's hipster tendencies.
Mountain of Bears is tucked into an arcade on North Road.
Sporting a page-long menu of breakfast bagel concoctions, Mountain of Bears has twists on favourite breakfasts as well as unique dishes. You can keep it simple with a plain toasted bagel with spreads on the side, enjoy something sweet with a nutella and fruit bagel, or have a hearty breakfast with eggs any-way, served on a bagel of course. They have an open bagel menu cheekily titled 'NY in Ormond', with creations such as 'pumpkin and goat cheese smash' and 'bbq pulled pork'. If you're not a bagel fan, your choices are limited to the porridge or gourmet salads. You need a deep love of bagels to dine at Mountain of Bears.
I ordered the 'Popeye Benedict': poached eggs with spinach and ham. Guess what it was served on?
We both enjoyed our delicious meals, which ticked every box and were a decent size too. The Popeye Benedict was one of the most expensive dishes on the menu at $16, while the scrambled eggs were a more affordable $9.
The décor at Mountain of Bears was impressive, with a minimalist industrial-chic look combined with a subtle arcade game theme and lush hanging plants. You can tell that every effort has been made to craft a cafe with style, from the curated menu to the chairs that look like they're from a vintage schoolroom.