DINING IN BYRON BAY
By Rhiannon Taylor, June 2016
This list could be endless. There are no shortages of great places to eat in Byron Bay and it's surrounding areas.
Harvest, Newrybar. This locally owned cafe, bakery and restaurant is consistently good. Focusing on organic produce grown in the region, much of what's on offer comes from Harvest's own garden and farm. With a restaurant menu that is sophisticated yet unpretentious, it showcases comfort food that is expertly executed. Slow cooked lamb with sides of pumpkin and ricotta is a stand out winner and don't forget to pick up a loaf of bread from the bakery on the way out.
Fleet, Brunswick Heads. Fleet is a tiny eatery that is making waves in Byron's dining scene. Head north to Brunswick Heads for an intimate experience between diners and staff. A neat and ever-changing wine list is impressive and most are available by the glass. Tasting menu reigns supreme and it's best to leave it in the chefs capable hands (ex Loam). Don't expect to be overly full at the end, more happily satisfied.
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St Elmo, Byron Bay. A vibey wine bar with Spanish and Mexican influenced tapas. Cocktails are fresh and fun, with service to match. Empanadas, tacos and slow cooked meat dishes are great for sharing. Leave room for the flan, it's really good.
The Farm, Byron Bay. It's hard to miss and is always packed. Farm animals wander the grounds and it's a pleasant spot to spend the afternoon. There's a decent bakery on site and lots of produce for sale. The restaurant itself can be a bit pretentious with no substitutions or changes. Want scrambled eggs? Well that comes with black pudding - even if you don't want it. And the service has us at a bit of a loss. But, we love the concept and the sustainability message so still worth a visit.
The Roadhouse, Byron Bay. Somewhat of an institution, The Roadhouse is a great spot to get a wholesome and nourishing feed. Vegetarian breakfast plates come with oodles of broccoli, asparagus and avocado and their raw vegan cakes are really popular.
The Top Shop, Byron Bay. For coffee, if nothing else, The Top Shop is your best stop for your morning caffeine hit. They have great Acai bowls too if you're after a healthy snack.
Il Buco, Byron Bay. The rave reviews are endless of this pizza cafe and they're right. If you want a lazy night in or a casual meal, Il Buco serves up thin crust pizzas that are bursting with flavour. Simple options like traditional Margherita with Mozarella and Tomato really hits the spot. Bellissima!