Balinese sticky black rice at Jafa

balinese sticky black rice with coconut cream & fruit

I’ve written about this breakfast option briefly before, but last month I ate it again, and enjoyed it just as much the second time.

Jafa cafΓ© in Grey Lynn has two things labelled vegan on its menu: raw energy salad and Balinese sticky black rice with coconut cream & fruit.

black sticky rice

Rice pudding sounds an appealing, if potentially stodgy, breakfast offering. Unlike its traditional comfort food relatives, Jafa’s sticky black rice is light and fresh, mixed with warmed fruit and cooled with coconut cream.


A generous pile of fresh fruit on the side is drizzled with passionfruit. The breakfast is marked on the menu as a summer seasonal dish, so might not be served when there is less fruit around. Not all the fruit looked especially local, but I suppose pineapples and grapes suggest summer even if they’re not technically seasonal Auckland produce.