Foodie musts in the By­ron Hin­ter­land

Life & Style Weekend - - TRAVEL -

ONE lunch or din­ner at ac­claimed chef Ka­t­rina Kane­tani’s restau­rant Town, in Ban­ga­low, is a must if you’re feel­ing a lit­tle fancy.

I en­joyed a de­gus­ta­tion course with match­ing wines. The plump snap­per fil­let sub­merged in gin­ger and shal­lots was a high­light along with the cream brulee with caramel caviar and blood plum sor­bet. Town has made the Aus­tralian Fi­nan­cial Re­view’s list of Aus­tralia’s Top 500 Restau­rants this year.

But, if you want a slice of lo­cal life, head down to Ban­ga­low Bowl­ing Club’s Stock­pot Kitchen for food, drinks, games and en­ter­tain­ment. The restau­rant’s motto is “feed­ing the peo­ple”, and feed the peo­ple it does. For a hearty feed, I couldn’t go past a meat extravagan­za plat­ter, as its bar­be­cue smoke­house is town-fa­mous.

A hid­den gem in an unas­sum­ing weath­er­board cot­tage is Doma, in Fed­eral. It is a re­laxed place with in­cred­i­ble Ja­panese eats. Take a seat out­side among free-rang­ing chick­ens and en­joy the fresh food, a colour­ful mix of con­trast­ing tex­tures: crunchy ve­g­ies, chewy sea­weed and soft rice that make a feast for the eyes and the mouth. Its ba­sic ac­com­mo­da­tion, its charm and the friendly own­ers cre­ate an awe­some re­mote foodie ser­vice.

Also keep an eye out for macadamias, man­goes, av­o­ca­dos and other fruit and veg­etable de­lights sold by farm­ers di­rect from road­side stalls.

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