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Bolo Ma – bowled over by choice

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Bolo-raw-food-tacoMatthew Michaelis

*Note: Bolo Ma closed in early 2015 and has been replaced at the Byron Bowling Club by The Green Bistro.

These days you can find some fabulous eateries inside your local clubs, but the Byron Bay Bowling Club has reached a new level after farming out their restaurant area to consummate ex-Melbourne foodie professional David Piesse.

Prices are not high, but quality is.

The restaurant area has undergone an elegant renovation, patiently completed by David and his business partner Andrew Stoner.

Rebuild the kitchen – check; replace the flooring – check; subtle and tasteful lighting – check; refined refurbishing and decor – check. Four months down the track and everything is looking very impressive indeed.

Bolo-tiziana-david-toma‘I like Japanese and Italian cooking very much, so I looked for a talented Japanese chef and an equally talented Italian chef. I found both in Tomosan from Osaka and Tiziano from Ravenna, Italy,’ David Piesse told me.

David, originally from Melbourne, has been running restaurants for more than twenty years. Three restaurants he owned: Shakahari in Lygon Street; Nataraj in Hawthorne; and Mon Bar and Bistro (a fusion concept also located in Hawthorne) were all in the Good Food Guide throughout his time with them.

‘We were listed for various things including value for money, atmosphere and combining cultures and cuisine,’ David told me, adding that he ‘moved to Mullumbimby six years ago for the free and creative nature of the community’.

Now, his free and creative nature can be found within his new restaurant situated on the right side of the Byron Bay Bowling Club in Marvell Street.

bolo-traditional-1I was impressed to say the least with this Japanese, Italian, raw-food menu concept.

Very well executed traditional and fusion dishes that I’ve tried here co-exist with extensive vegetarian choices in raw and live foods. This is not an expensive menu yet skill and quality are sitting on the plate in spades.

Only organic local and quality traditional products are used here, and they are soon to be supplemented with produce grown on David’s 85-acre property just out of Mullumbimby.

If you’re looking to be bowled over by value and choice then this is cheap eating well worth discovering.

Bolo Ma

Eat in / Take away

Fully licensed from Club Bar

5.30pm to 9pm Tues–Sat

Byron Bay Bowling Club

18–20 Marvell St, Byron Bay

No bookings necessary

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