When I wrote a post last year about 10 Byron Bay Breakfasts You Need to Try, I got some great tips from readers about local breakfasts I had yet to discover. One of them was the Egg Kurasawa served at The Rock and Roll Coffee Company just up the road in Mullumbimby. Having enjoyed some solid Asian-fusion dishes for dinner and lunch at the café in the past, I finally decided that a breakfast was well overdue and, of course, it would have to be the Egg Kurasawa. Those readers were on the money.
The Rock and Roll Coffee Company serves the Egg Kurasawa or ‘E.K.’ and ‘Mullum’s finest coffee and most exciting menu’ six days a week from 7.30am (they are closed on Sundays). The café, established in 2009, is tucked away at the end of Bakers Lane next to the Mullum Hot Bread Shop on Burringbar Street. There is seating in the laneway courtyard and then inside in two different areas. The setting reminds me of a Melbourne laneway vibe albeit with a Mullum quirk. Diners are reading the local rag, talking yoga or absorbed in their laptops and missing the atmosphere and happenings around them
The Egg Kurasawa breakfast is a generous bowl of rice topped with luscious scrambled egg, teriyaki tofu, avocado, seeds, wasabi mayo and shreds of roasted nori for a toasty finish. It’s rich and comforting and you definitely won’t be hungry before noon. You can add salmon or vegetables if you fancy but I don’t think they’re necessary. Mr GFAF was thrilled to discover a breakfast curry on the The Rock and Roll Coffee Company menu. It’s a dry Red Beef Curry that’s been slow cooked, like a good rendang and comes served with a fried egg plus cucumber and herbs for freshness and balance. If you find breakfast is too early in the day for Asian-fusion, there are other classics on the menu like the BLAT and the Brekky Roll featuring scrambled eggs, avocado, lettuce and mayo with options to add bacon, mushrooms or salmon.
The Rock and Roll Coffee Company is a popular lunch spot for workers and locals. The lunchtime menu includes Asian dishes like Gado Gado and Laksa. I can recommend the Bam Bam Chicken which is chicken pieces coated in a lightly spiced crust served on rice with the most delicious and refreshing sour herbs and Sri Racha mayo dressing. The Pat Thai is a tasty interpretation with your choice of chicken, fishcake or tofu cooked in the wok with rice noodles, egg, nuts and spouts.
The café closes at 3pm but reopens from Wednesday to Saturday from 5pm to serve a dinner and takeaway menu. Reservations are absolutely essential as the place draws a crowd. Dinner is an all Asian menu with curries, soups, dishes from the wok and house specialties like the Crispy Half ‘Luva Duck’ which is a Mr GFAF favourite. The crispy skinned duck is served in a palm sugar caramel sauce with pickled chilli and lemon to cut through. The Fried Rice with greens is a great accompaniment for the duck and you can add tofu, chicken, fishcake, pork or braised brisket to make it more substantial. I can recommend a small starter like the Tofu and Veg Spring Rolls or the Thai Fishcakes if you’re hungry and it’s a busy night in the restaurant, otherwise whet your appetite with a drink while you wait. It’s BYO and there’s a $2 corkage.
There is a simple dinner menu for kids and all dishes are clearly marked with Gluten Free, Vegetarian and Vegan options on the menu. Keep an eye on the Specials Board too.
The coffee is organic, fair trade, rainforest alliance and roasted locally. That’s a mouthful! It’s a good brew and there are other hot drinks including Chai and Golden Mylk. There are also fresh juices and blends and drinks from the fridge
The Rock and Roll Coffee Company is definitely a locals venue and the perfect place for Asian fusion all day in a quiet, out of the way setting free from the Byron Bay crowds. See you there soon for breakfast.
Opening hours at The Rock and Roll Coffee Company:
Monday & Tuesday from 7.30am – 3.30pm (Breakfast and Lunch)
Wednesday – Saturday from 7.30am – 9.30pm (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)