The Good Life Snippets – March 9, 2016

The Balcony

The Balcony, an iconic location that had lost its lustre with locals over the past few years, has received a facelift at the hands of its experienced new owners, and chef Sean Connolly (profiled last week in Good Life) was in town last week to show off the new menu. There were a number of dishes straight from the menus of their other successful restaurants, such as The Morrison in Sydney, including an excellent vegetarian gnocchi with mushrooms that’s worth trying. Expect to see some more vegetarian dishes, and an increased use of local produce as the venue develops.


I’ve always been a bit put off by the simple tables of this budget, BYO Vietnamese restaurant at the end of the arcade off 17 Lawson Street, but we popped in for a casual meal last Friday night and were pleasantly surprised; this was good value for Byron. It’s a family-run place, the service was quick and friendly and the pho was particularly flavoursome, apparently owing to long nights spent tending to the stock.

Boomerang fundraising dinner

Three Blue Ducks, Harvest Café and Indigenous hatted chef Clayton Donovan, among others, are joining forces at Coorabell Hall on Friday 18 March for ‘Ja Nghari’, a $180 per-head-dinner for 80 people only. All profits from the night will go to Boomerang Festival. To book, visit

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