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Kahakai: new taste experience in Byron

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Kahakai is a new restaurant in Byron on the corner of Bay Lane and Fletcher St which, with its location and choice of menu, is certainly living up to its name.

As new owner Quinton Mentoor explains, kaha means foreshore, and kai refers to ocean/food, and that ties into this beautiful, pristine Byron Bay setting, to which he has brought his passion, love and lifelong dream – ‘to come to Byron Bay and create a simple but unique menu for all locals and travellers to enjoy.’

Whether you are having a congee, or a simple granola bowl for breakfast, or green tahini, black wild rice and quinoa with charred greens, or sampling the rotating menu of ferments and pickles, you can be sure the food is made with love.

Quinton himself was born in South Africa. ‘I come from humble beginnings,’ he says, ‘but with the passion and drive to make people happy with my food. I worked in hospitality as a baker and a cook in Melbourne and enjoy doing this – it’s what I love most.’

Now he is channelling that passion into working with a team in his own restaurant. ‘Our local chefs create the most amazing fermented and pickled foods that are super-healthy and tasty’, he says. For example, the Kahakai vege congee bowl is a tasty way to start the day with pickled ginger, crispy shallot, fermented radish, chilli relish, ramen egg and Kahakai special kimchi.

‘We also specialise in house-cured and smoked fish and fresh seasonal seafood,’ says Quinton. ‘Come in and try our new taste experience. We offer delicious breakfast and lunch, dine-in or take-away, and our opening times are from 7.30am to 1.30pm, with daily specials.’

And, they have delicious cakes, too!

Kahakai: 10/8 Fletcher Street, Byron Bay
Insta: kahakai_byronbay
kahakai.com.au


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