Local favourite restaurant Barrio Eatery & Bar in Byron Bay is presenting a new menu. Open from breakfast through to dinner, Barrio is a place to meet, connect, share and eat. In the evening, the lights go down, dinner is served, and great bottles of natural and world-renowned wines are opened.

Barrio Eatery & Bar brings people together with local, seasonal, ethically-sourced produce. Located in the Habitat Community Development in Byron Bay, the award winning architecturally designed restaurant offers a beautiful dining experience with a modern coastal industrial feel. The wood-fired oven and open-flame grill is the heart of the restaurant, and all dishes are centred around the distinctive flavours imparted through this style of cooking.

The menu is a Middle Eastern inspired celebration of what is delicious right now – an eclectic array of dishes that head chef Jude Hughes is either in the mood to eat or re-imagined plates he has enjoyed somewhere along his journey. All produce is smoked, cured, and pickled in-house and the menu is constantly evolving.

A complex arrangement of hooks, chains and flames allow for simultaneous fast and slow cooking; tuna is cured into bacon for breakfast bagels; slow ferment sourdough flatbread is grilled with chicken fat and za’atar; Kinkawooka mussels are steamed and smoked before being submerged in preserved lemon and olive oil; large pieces of Provenir hanger steak rest on top of the grill; while ‘to-order’ beef hearts sizzle on skewers below, to be then thinly sliced and served with house-made taramasalata (a twist on vitello tonnato).

The concise revolving wine list features local and international wineries from all over the world that support traditional, biodynamic and organic practices. A selection of sparkling, white, orange, reds and chilled reds, are also available by the glass.

The 80-seat restaurant features an industrial style interior with concrete floors and an open kitchen with wood-fired oven and grill, softened by rammed earth bar, bare wood communal tables, and an abundance of plants and green foliage, which decorate and add colour to the neutral tones. Tables are a mix of long and communal for an informal eating experience, along with a selection of bar stalls and smaller tables for more intimate dining. The outside
terrace area seats up to 80 and picnic rugs are available for lounging on the grass in the warmer months.

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