From coffee in the morning to cocktails at night – newly opened Holla is looking to bridge the divide between cafe, restaurant and bar.
The converted warehouse space still has an industrial feel to it with exposed piping and an unfinished ceiling but a simple geometric mural and lots of greenery spruce things up. The open kitchen and bar area dominates Holla with lots of bar seating (great for solo diners) to keep an eye on the chefs and bartenders in action.
I visited for brunch so skipped the cocktails, settling instead for a creamy chai latte and a serve of baked eggs ($18). The eggs are dotted with cherry tomatoes giving pops of sweetness and served with a dollop of tangy labneh.
There’s also the option of a traditional fry up in the form of Holla’s big breakfast ($21) which includes bacon, eggs anyway you like them, mushrooms, tomato and enough kale to give the breakfast a hipster edge.
It’s a cool space and offers something different in pho-heavy Victoria street. Just bear in mind that the food on offer is fairly standard so if you are looking for more creative brunch options you might have to head elsewhere.
Details: Holla Food and Drink, 284 Victoria street, Richmond (Ph 03 8394 3487)