Having recently visited Byron for the third time this year, I decided to make sure I documented everywhere I ate so I could let you all know where the best places to eat in Byron Bay. I think this coastal town easily has some of the best nourishing, healthy food in Australia where you can find at least 5 places that sell Acai Bowls within a 300 metre radius to health food supermarkets and smoothie joints all over the town. It’s literally heaven in my eyes so I thought for anyone who’s quite new to visiting this gem of a town, here is a post dedicated to the best restaurant and cafe in Byron Bay.
The Best Restaurant In Byron Bay
Rae’s on Wategos
There was no better place to spend my birthday other than at Rae’s on Wategos, a long standing exclusive boutique hotel and restaurant situated right on the beautiful beach of Wategos. I had always wanted to visit this restaurant after we came across this exclusive, millionaire’s beach on the way up to the famous lighthouse that over looks the town. After reading a few hit or miss reviews about Rae’s, it was somewhere I was a little worried about whether it would live up to my expectations with a big price tag to follow.
We stayed in Watego’s Beach and our hosts told us it had been taken over by new owners with a new chef. To our delight, it lived up to everything I hoped for and we had a fantastic night with top quality food and service. I had the daily catch – the most incredible piece of fish whilst the other half had the vongole linguine – a fisherman’s delight. Whilst the service was spot on, they brought out a candle at the end on our dessert and sang me happy birthday which was lovely. The dessert in itself was incredible. Our waiter told us their 18 year old trainee chef had invented this dessert which many had said it was the best they had ever had. They weren’t far wrong. An incredible mixture of chocolate and orange sorbet was just out of this world! A definite must visit when in town.
4 oysters, 2 mains, 1 side, 1 dessert, 1 bottle of wine = $175
daily catch, sweet corn puree, kipfler potato, piquillo pepper, asparagus salsa $38
vongole linguine, mussels, white wine, shallot, chilli, parsley, crispy capers $38
dark chocolate, hazelnut dacquoise, vanilla crème brulee, blood orange sorbet $18
The Best Cafe In Byron Bay
This was the last place we went to before returning to Sydney and I’m glad we saved it for last because Roadhouse was without a doubt the best cafe we went to in Byron. I found it on Instagram and the food looked so healthy so I ordered the Nourishing Bowl and the other half had the Fish Tacos. My bowl was incredible and probably one of the best meals I’ve ever had. It was like a sort of mushroom soup with the most amazing fish layered with greens, rice and quinoa. The drinks menu was also amazing and we had a delicious cacao hot chocolate and a ‘Think Drink’ full of lots of goodness! I loved how it was unassuming and was just a lovely cafe that believe it or not was quite difficult to find (make sure you stay in Byron not go all the way to Bangalow like we did! It’s next to the Bluesfest office on the outskirts of town).
Nourishing Bowl, Fish Tacos and Think Drink
Nourishing Bowl – Steamed line caught fish with a herb, quinoa and wild rice salad, steamed organic greens, tahini and roady pickles and ferments $25
2 meals, 2 drinks = $60
I’ll be writing a more detailed post on all of my favourite food places in Byron very soon!
Thanks for reading,