With so many new Byron Bay dining options on the scene this Summer 2019, it’s going to take a few months to get around to all of them a few times over before I am ready to write about them. In the meantime, I thought I would start with a little list or restaurant guide to the new dining options in and around Byron Bay this Summer 2019. Hot off the press, here are the highlights:
Bang Bang – Byron Bay
Open 7 days
12pm – 11pm
Taking over the former Earth ‘n’ Sea venue beneath ‘Rapunzel’s Tower’, Bang Bang is serving south east Asian cuisine that feels a lot like Chin Chin in Melbourne. From Green Papaya Salad to Pad Thai, Tofu Yellow Curry to Sticky Beef Ribs and Whole Fried Snapper with Chocolate and Banana Spring Rolls for dessert. The drinks list includes cocktails, local and imported beer and cider (including Asian brews) and a well-priced wine list
P.S. Earth ‘n’ Sea has moved just around the corner to the old Naked Treaties venue in Marvell Street.
Bounty – Brunswick Heads
In the old Torakina Café venue on The Terrace in Brunswick Heads, Bounty is set to open in a few weeks. It might be a little bit fancy. David Lovettt (ex 100 Mile Table and Beach in Byron Bay) is in the kitchen. Stay tuned.
Di Vino – Byron Bay
Open 7 days
Mon – Sat 5.30pm – late
Sun 12pm – late
An Italian enoteca in the former Traditional Thai space on Fletcher Street at the end of Bay Lane serving an Italian menu. From Eggplant involtini and Charcuterie boards, to Rigatoni Amatriciana and Roast Potato, Pecorino Cheese & Pepper on the side with Coffee mousse for dessert. I did recently have a Mushroom Lasagne there which was divino! A snappy cocktail list and a pretty interesting wine list mixing Italian and Australian varieties that is at the more $$ end of the scale.
Green Garage – Byron Bay
Since the iconic Green Garage closed its doors suddenly some months back, everyone has been waiting with great anticipation to see who and what would take over the prime space. Who better than Sarah Swan and Jeremy Burn of the popular 100 Mile Table café and catering in the Industrial Estate and DUK restaurant in Bay Lane. From early January 2019, the space will reopen as a food store with a local focus – like a deli with the gourmet goods, a café with their delicious eats and a grocery store with all the conveniences, as well as ample off street parking. We can’t wait. Of course, this all means that our beloved 100MT and DUK are on the market so expect new owners soon!
La Casita – Brunswick Heads
Yet to open, this will be a new Mexican restaurant brought to you by the team behind our favourites Fleet and Ethel Food Store. In Brunswick Heads in the old Gringo’s Mexican restaurant venue, it promises to be as good as their other ventures. We can’t wait!
Locura – Byron Bay
Open 5 days
Thursday to Monday 5pm – 3am
Brought to you by Three Blue Ducks, this new venture in down town Byron Bay in the old La La Land on Lawson Street is a grown-ups after dark venue, describing itself as a ‘casual Latin American diner and cocktail bar that morphs into a late night venue’. The food is a simple bar style menu featuring bites like Roasted Adobo Almonds, Ceviche and Tacos and there is a DJ music all in a pared back setting. Perfect for a late summer evening.
Loft – Byron Bay
Open 7 days
Mon – Sat 12pm – 11.45pm
Sun 12pm – 11pm
Upstairs in the former Ryce and Hogsbreath space on Jonson Street, this breezy location has been fitted out Byron style. The multi-purpose venue is perfect for a long lunch, pre-dinner drinks, dinner for couple or a crowd or late-night cocktails. A carefully selected wine list sounds tempting, and the tap beers lean heavily towards local, which is great. The food is modern Australian – that’s what we’re calling it anyway! From Cheese and Charcuterie from the Deli bar to snacks like a Duck Schnitzel Sandwich and share plates including BBQ Squid to Roasted Pork Jowl. Something for everyone – including vegetarians.
The Kingswood – Brunswick Heads
Open 6 days
12pm – late
On Mullumbimbi Street in Brunswick Heads. According to the website:‘At lunch, expect a top sambo, smattering of share plates, or a plat du jour. Or if you are heading to the park, grab a picnic box full of goodies on the way. Dinner will offer a wider range of dishes and a creative combination of happy snacks and sweet endings. The menu is energetic and always changing, including plenty of options for vegetarians, vegans, and gluten free diets’. A focus on natural wine and craft beer plus good food.
It’s not a new venue but it is new to town. Word is that Uber eats is so popular in Byron right now that there aren’t enough drivers to keep up with the demand for the tasty home delivery service.
Other spots to watch out for include the opening of Stone and Wood’s Cellar Door in the Industrial Estate and Ben Devlin’s (Paper Daisy) new restaurant north of the Shire in Pottsville.