Orgasmic Food Byron Bay has a big name to live up to.
Remember the scene when Sally and Harry dined in Katz’s Deli on the Lower East Side of New York? Of course you do! But do you remember what they were eating or were you too distracted by the …um … discourse? Well, flip the story on its head when dining in at Orgasmic Food Byron Bay where the Middle Eastern food served seven days is worth remembering, but the surroundings are somewhat distracting.
Orgasmic Food is located halfway along Bay Lane in the heart of Byron Bay where diners unfortunately overlook the garbage skips, beer kegs and pallets at the rear of The Beach Hotel opposite. It’s a real pity that something can’t be worked out here to hide the pub’s utilities for the sake of all the businesses that share the laneway space. Bay Lane is a busy thoroughfare for pedestrians, diners and traffic with some quality eateries, but I’m not sure that using the space for the pub’s storage and garbage gathering is an ideal advertisement for clean and green Byron Bay.
If you haven’t dined at Orgasmic Food Byron Bay before you might still know it as the café that hands out free tastings of crunchy and delicious falafel balls at the end of Bay Lane. Aproned waitresses frequently stand on the corner with trays of fresh falafel ball offerings that seduce many a passer-by on their way to the top pub – including me. In fact, Mr GFAF and I have been known to cross Jonson Street to sneak a falafel snack as they are famously good.
Orgasmic Food, Byron Bay is one of the longest standing eateries in Bay Lane. It’s starting to show around the edges a bit but there’s nothing that a fresh lick of paint, some ambient features and a general tidy couldn’t refresh. The menu remains classic and authentic and Orgasmic Food remains a reliable choice to dine in or takeaway when the craving for an authentic falafel pocket or Middle Eastern platter strikes.
Speaking of Falafel Pockets, they would have to be one of the most popular items on the menu, with half and full size options available. I don’t think I’ve ever ordered the half size – not because it’s small -just because I like to eat a whole one! They are made using traditional pita bread brimming with falafel balls, sauerkraut, hummus, pickles, tomato and cucumber salad, lettuce, salsa and tahini sauce and they hit the spot.
If falafels aren’t your thing, there are other pocket options. The smoky Baba Ghanoush or the traditional Sabich with a boiled egg would satisfy any vegetarian. You can also order non-vegetarian pockets with Chicken Schnitzel, Skewered Chicken, Beef Kofta or Lamb Skewer fillings. And, if you’re especially hungry the ‘pockets’ can be served as ‘plates’ which are more substantial again.
There are other delicious Mezze style options on the menu at Orgasmic Food as well, including platters of Middle Eastern dips and salads to share as sides or starters and larger sized platters with ‘the works’ to feed two to four people.
For dessert there are traditional delicate Middle Eastern pastries which you can enjoy with turkish coffee, mint tea or chai.
Orgasmic Food is BYO and there just happens to be a bottle shop across the road if necessary. But I would also recommend you try the Homemade Lemonade with Rosewater and Mint for a refreshing sip.
You can dine in or takeaway and you can even buy some of Orgasmic Food’s falafel mix to take home! They can also cater your private functions.
Next time you spot the waitress at the end of Bay Lane with her free falafel offerings I recommend you do one better and turn down Bay Lane to try some more of Orgasmic Food, Byron Bay’s traditional Middle Eastern cuisine. Don’t expect a five star view, but the food is worth remembering.
P.S. They were eating a pastrami sandwich.
PRICE GUIDE AT ORGASMIC FOOD BYRON BAY
Falafel Pocket – $13.50 or Half $8.00
Lamb Skewer Pocket – $20
Mega Platter – $55 (2 people) , $79 (3 people), $99 (4 people)
Corkage $1.50 per person