Dining style: Local seasonal food sourced from artisanal producers and their own edible garden alongside foraged, native and wild Australian ingredients.
Perfect for: Any occasion
Catering for: Couples, groups and special occasions
Dish to dine for: The highlights are many, but my smoked point cobia risotto with saffron, chives and poached egg was exceptional
Price range: $28-42 (mains)
If only… I wouldn’t change a thing as our dining experience and service was excellent
The aptly named restaurant Harvest is located in the charming little town of Newrybar and is only a 20-minute drive from Byron Bay. With the recent rains, the colours and richness of the foliage on the trees, farms and surrounding hinterland hills makes this drive even more pleasurable.
Harvest restaurant offers a comprehensive relaxed dining experience, giving patrons the opportunity to learn about sustainability and dine on delicious local and seasonally prepared food.
The restaurant showcases the diversity of food that is grown in the local region. Fresh produce is supplied by local providers that supply Harvest with ingredients when they come into season. This allows the restaurant to create dishes that are creative, seasonal and delicious.
Harvest is an award-winning restaurant and has an adjacent delicatessen, bakery, edible garden and they also breed their own chickens and bees. Harvest chefs also team up with forager and wild food researcher Peter Hardwick to create a menu full of local interesting ingredients.
I’d heard so much about this local institution and couldn’t wait to see for myself what everyone was raving on about. My first impressions exceeded all my expectations.
The restaurant is located in a gorgeous open plan weatherboard Queenslander style cottage that also has a function area that specializes in weddings. It was made all the more beautiful with the perfect warm and sunny spring day for our lunch.
We were greeted at the front by professional and welcoming staff who showed us to our table and we knew we were in for a special dining experience. We immediately ordered some cocktails that took way too long to choose as we couldn’t decide as they all looked incredibly tempting.
We then chose some wine from their extensive Australian wine list and were served homemade woodfired sourdough bread (baked in the bakery’s 107-year-old wood-fired oven) with churned butter and a bowl of delicious native spiced Duck Creek macadamias.
For entrée, I had the pulled lamb with cos lettuce lightly drizzled in lime and peppercorn dressing while my partner indulged in mouth-watering Sirius oysters. This was followed by a shared bowl of mussels steamed in a Chardonnay smoked sour cream sauce that we just had to have.
For mains, my partner had a fillet of grilled Barramundi perfectly cooked and served on a white bean and pancetta cassoulet with locally foraged edible succulents. I selected the smoked Rocky Point Cobia (fish) saffron risotto with chives and topped with a poached egg. These two meals will be long remembered as some of the best dishes we’ve ever tasted.
With perfect timing, allowing us to digest our meals, the dessert menu was bought out and we chose to indulge in the apple pie, muntries with creme fraiche and also the smoked chocolate, buckwheat and pistachio creme fraiche. Both desserts were exceptional.
My experience at Harvest can only be described as perfect and I couldn’t recommend it highly enough. We then went next door to purchase some fresh bread and scrumptious deli goods to take home so our memories of our Harvest experience would last even longer.
18-22 Old Pacific Highway, Newrybar Village NSW 2479
Byron Bay Hinterland, Australia
Lunch: Wed-Sun 12pm-3pm
Dinner: Thurs-Sat 5:30pm-8:30pm
Delicatessen and bakery are open seven days a week.
Find out more: harvestnewrybar.com.au
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