Marilyn Lukies is a self-confessed nomad. Born in Sea Lake, a small rural town in Victoria, she has cooked in Melbourne, Spain, Morocco and Holland, travelling extensively in between. When she retuned to Australia she started Cafe Grenadine inside a white cottage built in 1938.
Her time overseas shows on the all-day breakfast menu. Expect dishes such as Spanish chistorra sausage with roasted potatoes, spinach, romesco sauce, aioli and broken egg; and spicy black beans with avocado, crème fraiche and blue-corn tortilla.
The specials board changes based on whatever fresh produce happens to inspire Lukies that day. The ricotta waffles come with bananas, salted-caramel sauce, mascarpone and macadamia praline.
Not a waffle fan? No problem. Enjoy something sweet from the cabinet, perhaps a slice of burnt butter and blackberry cake, or blood-orange tart, all baked in-house. Wash it down with a perfectly brewed Bear Bones coffee, or tea supplied by Mayde Tea in Byron Bay.
For now it’s BYO, but there are plans for liquor licensing, and to open on Friday and Saturday nights. With Lukies’s 14 years of experience cooking in Spain, anticipate authentic tapas.