Newrybar is a small village located between Ballina and Byron Bay. Naturally my husband and I hadn't heard of it before as we lived in Brisbane, but were curious about it. So on our trip to Ballina, we visited Newrybar, one of the many towns we visited and I really liked it. So if you're ever pass through or around the area, make sure you drop in for a visit.
We stopped by the Harvest Cafe for lunch to see the dining room full. As we did not book, the friendly waiter looked around to see if he could fit us in. Luckily, we got a seat on their front verandah.
Their lunch menu wasn't big, but it did have various dishes: pasta, risotto, seafood, steak and pork belly. They also had daily specials which the waitress recited to us after giving us a few minutes with the menu. Not really feeling overly hungry, I ordered fish (it doesn't fill me up as much as meat) of the day which was the pan fried flounder and a side of legumes with tofu; my husband, the mussels in white wine sauce with cous cous.
Mussels in white wine sauce
Legumes and tofu
Despite the restaurant being so busy, their service was absolutely immaculate. If we wanted something, there was always staff around to give us all the attention we needed. I don't remember how long the food took to arrive, but when it did, I was instantly hungry.
Everything looked amazingly delicious and were absolutely divine. The ingredients were so fresh! What's more sitting on the verandah was actually really nice. The sun warmed us; it wasn't as noisy; and although we were sitting right next to other people, it didn't feel too crowded or felt like we had no privacy. With delightful staff, gorgeous restaurant decor, heavenly food and fantastic service, I would go back there in a heartbeat.
After lunch, we popped in to the superb deli next door filled with scrumptious treats, the Driftlab which sold men and women's clothing and accessories; and Country House Antiques, which stocked the most beautiful furniture and homewares. There was room after room full of just stunning things and even though we couldn't afford most of the things there, it was still awesome to look at.
Harvest Cafe is a must visit, and if you do happen to be at Newrybar during the day, don't forget to visit the deli and the antique shop.