“We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.” – T. S. Eliot
Located on a small street just behind the main Byron Bay beach is Orgasmic, a middle-eastern inspired café who fries up delightful small bites of felafels for hungry beach-goers. They also serve Turkish coffee which smelled fantastic but unfortunately I had reached my caffeine quota for the day.
We entered the open-front café and quickly ordered a mixed plate with felafel and pita chips and a whole felafel roll.
The felafel roll arrived in a soft pocket, oozing out hummus, pickles, salad and felafels and it was a challenge to engulf the whole package into my mouth without smearing the delicious sauces all over my face. This exposure to embarrassment was worth it because the felafels were the crispiest, most flavourful felafels I have ever had the pleasure of eating. The medley of sauces and astringent pickles made every bite packed with flavour. For $13, the felafel roll was on the expensive side of typical rolls but it was so filling that it tied me over for the entire afternoon of walking along the beach.
The plate was almost a deconstruction of the felafel roll and included pleasingly, pillowy pita chips. The thick, garlicy hummus was the perfect accompaniment to these decadent chips which we were told were “not healthy but worth it” and I have to agree on both counts.
For those wanting a quick, healthy and portable lunch option to take to the beach, Orgasmic delivers on all fronts.