By Jo Rittey


Holla opened a month ago on Victoria Street and is ambitiously open for brunch, dinner and drinks until late. Ambitious, perhaps, and yet by all accounts, doing well.


Holla offers a lot of difference on a street renowned for its pho and Asian flavours. Long clean lines, beautifully glossy black tiles and lots of foliage draw you in and the theatre of an open kitchen is always appealing, if slightly challenging for kitchen staff.


Breakfast is brunch in Holla world with some intriguing, yet approachable dishes adding to the kinds-of-dishes-we-know-and-love. You can have your granola with rhubarb, yoghurt and seasonal fruit or your big breakfast or eggs done your way on toast. Or you can start your day in style with white truffled scrambled eggs on light rye with mushroom crumble and truffle crème fraîche. There are breakfast greens, house made potato rosti and fro those of your wanting to channel the cast of Outlander, Holla’s honey and whiskey porridge will put hairs on your chest, or at least kick start you into the day.


Equally Highland-sounding are the antifogmatics; “alcoholic drinks taken in the morning to brace oneself before going out into the bad weather.” Not everyone can wake up and smell the bacon washed tequila with coriander spices and tomato juice or the boulevardier with its bourbon, sweet vermouth and Campari hit but perhaps more of us should with the weather we are currently being served.


Expert coffee wrangler, Meky, is using Rosso Roasting Company’s blend of 4 origins for your flat white and long black needs. Expect caramel, hazelnut, hints of berries, lights citrus acidity and spice with a sweet dark chocolate finish. There is a revolving array of beans for the single origin espressos and batch brew coffee.


Once the sun sets, there are more cocktails at hand and food from the grill, but let’s start with breakfast and allow the day to unfold.

284 Victoria Street, Richmond

Mon – Tues  7am – 4pm

Wed – Fri  7am – 11pm

Sat – Sun 8am – 11pm


Jo is a French teacher, a freelance writer and needs good coffee to start her day. Armed with an exotic New Zealand accent and a winning (hopefully) smile, she likes nothing better than roaming the streets of the northside in search of new and old food-related wonders.


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