By Terase Davidson
Sitting pretty in a heritage listed building on the opposite corner of the roundabout at Jonson & Lawson Streets, as you come into town from Ewingsdale Road, The Balcony Bar & Oyster Co is much loved by locals and visitors alike and for good reason!
OK, so how to count the ways in which we love, The Balcony Bar & Oyster Co? Well for starters, we love them for their love of premium oysters and better still, their love of sharing these tasty bivalves every Wednesday with punters, from 5–6pm for just $1 a pop, or rather $1 a freshly shucked!
Now I have to confess that I am a big believer in avoiding “order envy” when eating out at all costs! So, how does one avoid order envy? Simple… dine out with people who are happy to share, so you can order and taste more dishes! Because after all, great food should be shared and celebrated with like-minded friends and family.
On a recent trip to The Balcony Bar & Oyster Co, me and my lunch buddy started with the French classic Mouless Mariniere Blue Mussels w Parsley, garlic & Creme Fraiche $28. Now it would be fair to say that as a chef, I am pretty critical when produce is not treated with respect, so my expectations for this French Classic were… well pretty high! And let me tell you the crew in the kitchen respected every aspect of this classic dish and produce like seasoned pros. The mussels were plump and full of their natural juices and… oh that sauce! It was so incredibly good, that we had to order a side of bread and butter to mop up every single last drop!
With the start of the cooler months here in Byron, the menu has changed to celebrate the change of season. For me you really can’t (and really shouldn’t) go past the Orgy of Mushroom Gnocchi $26, because the flavour party of panfried mix of King George, Shiitake and Oyster Mushrooms that adorn the fluffy pillows of handmade Ricotta Gnocchi is seriously a culinary work of art that should be rejoiced in.
If you are looking more for a Tapas meets Bar Snacks kind’a menu my Top 5 Picks are; Duck Liver Parfait $18, Southern Fried Prawn Sliders $22, Zucchini Fritters $15, Salt & Pepper School Prawns $17 and of course the Duck Fat Chips $10 are also a must.
For the best seat in the house, head to the end of the balcony and grab the table in the corner next to the headlight glass windows, from here you can catch a glimpse of the ocean and hopefully enjoy a cool ocean breeze too.
The Balcony Bar & Oyster Co Byron Bay
Ph 02 6680 9666. www.balcony.com.au
Terase Davidson is the founder of Taste Byron Bay, a local business that showcases local produce across all their menus for Catering, Events, Private Dining, Food Tours & Cooking Classes for more information contact: [email protected] INSTAGRAM @tastebyronbay www.tastebyronbay.com