We headed down the Coast for the day and on our way decided to search the net for somewhere to eat brekky in Byron. I had heard good things about Bay Leaf before and based on internet reviews it looked like the only place to have a decent brekky and coffee in Byron. Bay Leaf was on my list of places to eat, but I have to say I was pretty disappointed there wasn’t any healthy competition. Byron is known around the world as a great destination, so why does it seem that only one cafe is up to scratch for brekky? Anyway, on to our visit to Bay Leaf.
Bay Leaf is a small space with a funky retro industrial fitout (disclaimer: my description only, I am clearly not an interior designer). On approach there were a number of people sitting on the stairs and tables outside soaking up the spring sunshine. The cafe was almost full, but we managed to grab a couple of seats at their large communal table.
It’s clear they take their coffee seriously here, their house blend is 100% Arabica grown locally and roasted by local (literally – across the road) Marvel Street Coffee Roasters. They also usually offer a single origin blend but it wasn’t available the day we visited. Sime ordered himself a Double Ristretto, and I ordered a weak Latte. He loved his double ristretto, it was thick and syrupy with a beautiful crema. Sime’s general comment on beans: he prefers a blend of Arabica and Robusta as he feels it gives more depth of flavour (Arabica and Robusta are both in the custom blend we serve at our cafe). My latte was good, great microfoam and texture in the milk and a lovely flavour. For those of you who like coffee with or after food, note that our coffee came out quickly.
We were feeling pretty relaxed (on Byron time) but it still felt like our brekky did take a while to come out… although maybe it just felt that way because the coffee was so fast? I ordered the Sweet Corn Fritter Stack with Bacon, Avocado and Roasted Tomatoes with Spicy Tomato Relish ($16.50). The flavours combined well but the corn fritters were a bit dry and overcooked.
Sime ordered Poached Eggs served in Sourdough with Ricotta, with Smoked Salmon, a Dill Buerre Blanc and Grilled Mushroom ($17.00). He enjoyed his breakfast and said the flavours combined well, although would’ve liked one more slice of toast for the price.
The service was casual and friendly, after ordering at the bar initially a waitress asked if we wanted another coffee when clearing our table which was a nice touch. The cafe has a great laid back Byron vibe – a relaxing way to start your day with a great coffee. I’d definitely go back again as the food was quite good and their lunch menu looks delicious.
Question: Can anyone suggest any other great places in Byron to eat brekky / brunch?
8/87 Jonson Street (02) 6685 8900