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Japanese, Cafe, Sushi, Asian
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Reviewed January 12, 2023

Such a special place. The food is absolutely delicious, so fresh and generous in portions. The garden setting is magical. It's worth the drive, 100%.

Date of visit: January 2023
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Reviewed November 25, 2022 via mobile

There is no worst feeling of being told “We could ask the chef to alter this dish to make it vegan”. In today’s market, an eatery should have at least 1 vegan dish on the menu. Get with the program Doma. I was told by...a snotty young girl with black hair and a nose ring to: “Stop complaining”. I was told this when I said to her: Not to worry “ after she needed to ask the chef if something could be made vegan. Vegans would just like to order from the menu just like everyone else. I won’t be back as previously to this time I also experienced very bad manners from an older woman with blond curly hair. She also was very rude to customers. Doma used to be nice but now it is just overpriced with horrible non-Japanese staff.More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed November 5, 2022 via mobile

After a week of boring predictable non/changing breakfasts on an island I was ready for something different and this fit the bill. Unlike the bacon, eggs, mushrooms and tomato that was served up everyday on the island this was an interesting vegan breakfast consisting of...fermented vegetables (beetroot, eggplant with cashew cheese, beans with edamame and corn, pickled radish and zucchini) served with organic brown rice with split peas. The coffee was good too. This cafe how has an attractive covered open outdoor space to eat which is lovely and appropriate in a pandemic. Couldn’t resist buying some fermented bread with Gorgonzola and walnuts to take home.More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed October 3, 2022

I've recently moved to the area and have now been to Doma three weekends in a row for breakfast, including this weekend when we had visitors. It's a pretty place to sit and the menu is really interesting. The staff are really friendly and the...food has all been lovely, I've had the haloumi breakfast burger twice and the french toast once, but my friends had a range of different meals and all enjoyed them. The coffee is wonderful, and we bought some takeaway fruit bread once which was delicious. When it's busier it did take a while to get our coffee but we weren't in a rush and were happy sitting enjoying the atmosphere. Recommend.More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed August 21, 2022 via mobile

Love this place. It’s casual and charming and a lovely meeting point for a tasty lunch. The Japanese menu is delicious. Everything they do is delicious. The iced chocolate they made me was divine. AND …. The matcha muffins are out of this world!! I...don’t even like muffins and never eat them, but my friend bought one and insisted I try it. It’s worth the drive just for this heavenly creation - Great here on a sunny day as it’s outside dining.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed August 10, 2022

We were recommended to try this restaurant by our daughter, who is a real foodie. The Sashimi we enjoyed on our first visit was beautiful. The salad that came with it was so crisp and fresh. It was so good we returned and my husband...had teriyaki chicken which melted in the mouth with great flavour. I had sushi which was topped with fresh grilled scallops. Amazing, on both occasions we had matcha mousse dessert with homemade vanilla bean icecream. To think this hidden gem is in a tiny, tiny village in the hinterland behind Byron bay. Highly recommended. Wonderful friendly and smiley staff.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed April 5, 2022 via mobile

Doma at Federal is an excellent place for lunch and, no doubt, for breakfast too. Very pleasant ambience, good selection of offerings, and attentive, efficient, service staff. Prices very reasonable. We shall return.

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed February 16, 2022

Have loved going to doma regularly for years. But today I met up with my partner for some sushi on my lunch break. We ordered 4 sushi rolls and were told they would be 15-20min. Service was good until we were left waiting for a...while, I’m patient, a former hospo worker and have never complained or written a negative review before but when I noticed burgers and other cooked meals coming out for tables that had arrived 15min after us I checked my bank transactions and it had been 52 minutes. When I went to check on our food with as minimal fuss as possible I simply stated it had been nearly an hour, the response I received was ‘oh it’s only been 45min’, which I feel was unnecessary and incorrect. The sushi was then hastily dumped on our table with takeaway condiments and a sarcastic ‘sorry’ after the server had already turned her back and started walking away. I do not feel comfortable continuing to recommend them constantly to everyone as I usually do. Sort it out. You’re losing localsMore

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed January 18, 2022

We arrived just after 11 so not so crowded. Breakfast was sensational. A charcoal toast with avocado and fantastic chai with friendly service. Just get their early as it is very popular. All outside dining too.

Date of visit: January 2022
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Reviewed December 30, 2021 via mobile

We have been regular visitors to Doma for a few years and I feel a little conflicted in leaving a negative review. We loved the food and atmosphere and were prepared to tolerate the longish drive and longer wait for a table. Our most recent...visit was disappointing. The restaurant is closed but takeaway continues. The menu focuses on burgers, with a handful of Japanese-style options. Prices are unchanged from when they offered table service. So in the end we paid about $22 a head to sit on the grass in the park across the road and eat a burger. Even in the Byron area that seemed expensive. For comparison, a stylish cafe near an elevated roundabout in town charges half that. So if sitting on the grass eating a hamburger is what you’re after, maybe save yourself a drive.More

Date of visit: December 2021
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Reviewed October 14, 2021

Great Outdoor seating - sometimes some live music, Absolutely delicious food eat in or takeaway . So nice unusual desserts as well . Come early - It gets packed - full of Locals and Day trippers alike _ A trip to Byron Hinterland not Complete...unless you stop in tomDOMAMore

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed March 7, 2021 via mobile

Always return when on holidays at Byron. The food is always lovely and fresh and was excellent again.

Date of visit: March 2021
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Reviewed February 13, 2021

The menu stated: Grilled Eggplant and salad. What I received after I paid, was the thinnest slice of eggplant possible, topped with what can only be described as foul tasting yellow tinged mashed potato (or something similar). The salad had Coriander in it, and no...mention was made of that - they need to remember that there are thousands of people who hate Coriander. After two bites, I took the meal back and said it was inedible and not what was on the menu. I was told "I will tell my boss". I was there for another 3/4 of an hour and no-one came near me. At $19 this was one of the biggest rip-offs I have ever experienced. Perhaps this restaurant could hire a copywriter to write the menu so that you know exactly what you're ordering. Don't waste your time driving all the way to Federal.More

Date of visit: December 2020
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Reviewed December 30, 2020

We came for breakfast, arrived early to try and avoid the crowds. We had seen the long lunch lines so figured it’d be safer to come in the morning. Still very crowded at 8:45 am, but we were prepared to wait, clean our own table,...get our own high chair, etc. And because we managed our expectations on service and wait times, we absolutely enjoyed the experience. You just really have to go in with the mentality that it will take time and you’ll be left a bit to fend for yourself, and it’s totally worth it. The food is delicious and well worth the wait. Definitely give it a try, just not when you’re starving or feeling impatient or needy!More

Date of visit: December 2020
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Reviewed December 30, 2020 via mobile

Zero customer service. Zero customer care. They take your money and then you're on your own. 1.5 hours for 6 takeaway sushi rolls is beyond outrageous. There was no communication and clearly noone managing the place outside of the kitchen. They keep on taking order...after order when they have no capacity to fulfil them - that is a serious breach of trust in food service. It's either arrogance or incompetence. Either way literally don't waste your time!!More

Date of visit: December 2020
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Yes, Federal DOMA Cafe offers takeout services.

Federal DOMA Cafe is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5