When 100 Mile Table raised the roller door on their industrial space in Byron Bay in 2014 my colleagues and I let out a “whoop!” Working in the food industry, we were yearning for a new ‘local’ to satisfy our breakfast and lunchtime prerequisites – we wanted fresh, delicious and made with love eats … and great service. A tall order? They had us at Meatball Sandwich, served on buttery Brioche, by the delightful duo in residence – chef Sarah Swan and her business partner Jeremy Burn. Ticks all round.
Behind the industrial roller door is a pulled back, architect-designed dining space. It’s light filled with communal tables that are customarily decorated using garden delights. There will often be jars of handpicked flowers, banana bunches hanging as chandeliers and buckets of gnarly lemons, wax jambu and quince donated by local foragers. There are recipe books and design publications to peruse if you’re at your leisure and Wi-Fi is available if you are looking for a workspace. Upstairs Sarah’s husband Dan runs a business startup lab for local entrepreneurs called StartInno. Diners will often share tables with some of his creatives who tap away at their latest idea while sipping coffee, a yoghurt lassi or a green juice. It’s an energising space.
The menu at 100 Mile Table changes with the seasons, but the lunchtime 100MT Double Smoked Ham and Cheese Jaffle served with optional homemade mustard pickles is sacred. There would be bedlam if this were to slip off the menu. Among the breakfast favourites are the soothing Pork and Ginger Congee, Bacon and Egg Butty with Tomato Jam or ‘The Candice’ – a sautée of Summer Greens, with avocado, tomato and egg for the low carb set. For a middle of the day meal, current favourites are the Ginger Shallot Chicken with Rice, the Green Papaya Salad and the Pork Roll – shredded slow cooked meat served with pickled vegetables, cheeky crackling and finger licking dressing on a Brioche Bun.
If you have a sweet tooth, the counter will tempt you with daily home baked treats prepared by Jeremy’s wife Emily. There are also pickles, chutneys, jars of granola and Marvell Street Coffee beans to take home.
From time to time 100 Mile Table hosts themed ‘Pop-Up’ dinners too. Spanish, Italian, Asian, Spring and Retro inspired menus have been sell-outs. They also do private events in-house, offsite catering and there is a rumour about upcoming cooking classes too.
There’s never a dull moment at 100 Mile Table. You’ll find Jeremy, Sarah and the team serving their eats at 8 Banksia Drive, Byron Bay every Monday to Friday from 7.00am to 2.00pm. See you at my local!