Located right outside Somerset 313, Oriole Coffee and Bar is the perfect place to go to for relaxing brunches with your friends, or even casual business meetings. It is also a nice place to go for dinner, as the ambience changes with the inclusion of a bar. Kristi Yang and I went with anticipation to visit this restaurant to enjoy a lazy day.
The first thing that we noticed was the atmosphere. We arrived at around 11 a.m., and there were not a lot of people around, so there was a tranquil feel. This restaurant offers both indoor and outdoor seating. Normally, we would have sat inside, but since it was a bright sunny day with a calm atmosphere, we opted to sit outside. The indoor, while it was cool with nice interior, was pretty dark compared to the outside due to the warm lights, and would be perfect for the evening.
Finding the place was very convenient, as it was out in the open with the sign easy to see. As it located outside Somerset 313, which is a hotspot for teenagers, it is very easy to find.
Walking in the restaurant, we were very impressed with the cool but cozy interior. The restaurant was decorated with warm lights and a huge open counter. While the place itself was not too big, the seating outside made up for the size. The price range was affordable, with the average prices ranged from $10 to $30. Along with the nice price, the service was great. The staff offered many times to take our order, and even suggested we should move tables when it got too hot. The manager was also very eager to agree when we asked him permission to film.
The menu had various types of food in many different categories, and was unique as they offered an all day breakfast. Anyone interested in eating pancakes during the afternoon can have that and five other dishes that is offered in the “all-day breakfast” menu, offered from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
We asked for a recommendation from the staff for help.
The Truffle Burger with Fries ($18) was probably one of the best burgers that we have had. With the buns nicely toasted and a juicy patty, it was all topped off with some greens, sautéed mushrooms, and melted cheese with a truffle aioli. The cajun spice was also a nice compliment to the fries.
If that is a bit too heavy for you, opt for the Avocado & Toast ($14). A grilled piece of toast was topped off with a mixture of avocado and tomato and topped with some basil pieces. It also came with a side of a fresh salad. It would be perfect for those you want a light option for brunch.
However, the Cubano Sandwich ($17) did not meet our standards. While it was presented nicely with a side of delicious tortilla chips, the sandwich itself did not taste
like what we expected. On the menu, it is described as “slow-roasted pork collar, seared sous vide pork belly, swiss cheese, pickled cucumber, green chili mayo and mustard in between a grilled panini bread.” However, the meat seemed a bit stringy and the sandwich itself seemed to taste like crayon, due to an overpowering taste of smokiness.
Following the sandwich, the roasted pumpkin salad ($12) did not match our palates. We had expected a crisp salad with a bright dressing, as it was supposed to be dressed with a honey balsamic sauce. However, while the ingredients were all fresh, the dressing was overwhelmingly sweet, overpowered by the honey. We would have preferred our salad to be more acidic, but for those who want a sweet light option with fresh veggies, this is what you should get!
The drinks served at Oriole Coffee and Bar included of both unique and classic options. They served various types of coffee, such as cappuccinos, lattes, flat white, and normal black coffee, all for $5.5. We could add a twist to these drinks, in this case the
black coffee that we ordered, by adding a M.A.D. milk, which is an Oriole specialty. M.A.D. milk is a yummy cold pressed nut milk made up of macadamia, almonds, and dates.
The Oriole Shakerato is described as a double shot of espresso, lightly sweetened, shaken and served in a martini glass. It was sweet and refreshing, tasting like a sweet black coffee with hints of orange. It was an unique drink that we have never tasted before, but as I continued to drink it, the taste grew on me. We would recommend it to those who don’t like the strong taste of coffee but want to try, because the caffeine is balanced by the sweet orange.
While the ambiance was very calm and tranquil for a late afternoon on a weekday, that might not always be the case. Somerset can become hectic during peak hours. In order to enjoy a relaxing day with nice food, we would recommend going at a non-peak time around 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Service: 5 out of 5
Food: 4 out of 5
Location: 4 out of 5
Atmosphere: 4 out of 5
Price: 4 out of 5