The Orna Bakery 521.
(photo credit: Courtesy)
In a quiet corner of Kfar Saba, not too far from the Country Club and the
football stadium, you can find an unexpected little gem – Orna Bakery, a café
and patisserie that would not look out of place on the Boulevard St.Germain in
Paris. In fact, the marvelous cakes on display, all hand made by owner Orna
Wilberburg, were inspired by the many years she spent learning the culinary and
baking disciplines at the feet of the masters in Lyon and later in
When she returned to Israel, she knew she wanted to open a café
that would be a showcase for her skills but also a welcoming European style
establishment where clients could feel at home.
And “It had to be
somewhere not in a busy town center but in a quiet tranquil environment,” she
She found a small shop and saw its potential. With sidewalk tables,
lots of greenery and a balcony with elaborate wrought iron banisters, Wilberburg
set about creating her idyllic little dream café.
But attractive as the
surroundings are, it’s always the food that matters in the long run.
her background as an agronomist, she knows the importance of absolutely fresh
produce in the making of her quiches and salads. For the cakes, the mantra is
Butter, butter and butter.” Margarine does not even cross the threshold. And as
the place is dairy and kosher, I went to try it out with a pleasant feeling of
Although I adore cakes, I eat them sparingly, so my
companion and I decided to try the breakfast, which makes up a generous part of
the menu. Wilberburg was busy in the kitchen performing her magic but Ronit, the
manager, explained the ins and outs of the fare on offer.
She wanted me
to taste the galette (NIS 52), a large whole wheat crepe filled with onions and
mushrooms that had been tossed in butter and a fried egg, the whole thing folded
into a neat square and dripping with a mixture of gruyere cheese and crème
fraiche. It was – how could it be anything else? – divine. I was well aware that
the healthy whole wheatness of the pancake did not really outweigh all the
sinful buttery and creamy innards, but just this once...
chose the Lennon (NIS 52), so called because of the two fried eggs which, on
reflection, do slightly resemble the great man’s spectacles. It came on a
toasted brioche covered in a cheesy, creamy base. It was also very good. Both
dishes were accompanied by a bowl of crisp, fresh green salad with a tangy,
slightly sweet dressing.
The cappuccino was also excellent. And when we
pointed out that the coffee was good but lukewarm, two fresh cups of piping hot
coffee quickly materialized.
By now we were both quite full but still had
to taste several of the other items. A plate of mazettim – small samples of
different flavors like tapenade (black olive mix) and avocado – was quickly
disposed of, and all were original. This is part of a larger breakfast that
costs NIS 45. We also got to taste the quiche Balkani (NIS 43), a slightly
piquant mix of grilled vegetables and cheese on a buttery crust.
of savories. It was time to try the cakes! We sampled cheese, apple and almond
croissant and found them all to be delicious (NIS 13). Then we inspected all the
cakes, which looked authentic and amazing.
You can buy them to take away
either in full size for NIS 85 or small but enough for two or three, for NIS 29.
There’s apple pie with almonds, lemon meringue pie, chocolate fudge cake and
threecolor mousse dessert.
At the entrance to the café, the
earthy-looking home-made breads are piled high. There are yeast cakes (NIS 37)
and boxes of cookies (NIS 32) and a few nosugar offerings.
clutching a box of goodies, as we were too full to taste anything
For people who like to eat breakfast out but are tired of the
standard offerings, this is the place. Wilberburg also does catering for up to
100 people, and one can buy trays of savories and sweets for parties and the
Orna Bakery does take-away, but it’s worth finding an hour or so to
sit and enjoy the atmosphere of this special place.
The writer was a
guest of the cafe.
25 Bikat Beit Netufa Street
Hadarim, Kfar Saba
Tel: (09) 766-9189