Shop 12A, 3 Clifford Street, Suffolk Park There’s no room for burrito bashing in these pages, but if you haven’t tried real-deal Mexican food before, you need to get to this breezy taqueria pronto. Head chef Evan White has been mastering the art of coastal Mexican fare for years, and it couldn’t be more compatible with our climate. Wake up your palate with bright, zingy flavours. The flame-grilled corn is a revelation, but save room for the lime-licked ceviche, Cape Byron steak tacos and zucchini blossom quesadilla.
18-22 Old Pacific Highway, Newrybar Village With the kind of country charm that sparks sea-change daydreams, Harvest Newrybar is a fine-dining restaurant with a 116-year old bakery, edible garden, chickens and bees. Head chef Alastair Waddell has teamed with forager Peter Hardwick to create a menu of native Australian curiosities. Dine in or pick up some local goodies from the deli next door.
3/17 Lawson Street, Byron Bay Picture Hanoi in the 50s with a liberal dose of pink and a killer soundtrack. This Vietnamese restaurant and cocktail bar offers modern share plates and addictive street food in a retro-inspired setting.
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1 Porter Street, Byron Bay Francisco Smoje’s cooking is simple but so memorable, centred around the wood-fired oven and charcoal grill.