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After working in Brisbane for a year, one of Byron’s most loved Chefs has returned to the Bay.

Gavin Hughes, best known for his roles as Head Chef at The Byron at Byron Resort for fifteen years, and Ambassador for the Byron Farmers Market, has joined The Sun Bistro in the Arts Estate’s North Beach Precinct.

‘I missed my family’ said Gavin. ‘It was just too far. I also missed having that connection with the suppliers at the markets. You don’t have that in Brisbane – the down-to-earth friendliness, that sense of community. 

‘Plus I wanted to get away from the stress of running a resort kitchen with eighteen staff. I wasn’t exactly cooking in the end, I wasn’t hands on. I just needed to cook, to go back to a smaller venue. In a way, I’ve come full circle. Cooking simple, unpretentious, but good food. Treated simply with good produce and fair pricing’.

Hughes has created a new menu for The Sun Bistro, available both in-house and take-away. ‘Value for money, wholesome portions, tasty food’ is how he describes it. ‘I’ve added a few healthy options. While I recognise that it’s a pub and there still needs to be a great burger and a great schnitzel, I’ve tried to extend it, by making sure there is a grill of the day, fresh fish from Bay Seafood, Freckles mussels…’

‘We are a locals pub and I believe in that. We are family friendly with a loyal clientele. You see that more in a pub environment. They know what they want. This is thankful work. I’m not having to do unnecessary garnishes. It’s nice to make people happy, keeping it simple’.

Hughes says he is thrilled to be working alongside Sous Chef Peter Shaw, who is well known to locals from his five years running The Rails Kitchen, and prior years with Jules Devlin at The Fig Tree.

There is plenty more to come from Gavin Hughes and his team at The Sun Bistro, located opposite the North Beach Solar Train Station on Bayshore Drive. ‘We have a new pizza oven and I’ll be starting Farmers Market Specials’ he said. ‘Please mention to people to stick their head in and say hello to me. I would love that’.

Gavin Hughes’ new Sun Bistro menu includes

Panko crumbed chicken schnitzel, fries and coleslaw $16

Buttermilk fried chicken burger, cabbage slaw and Billinudgel smokin hot sauce $18

Thai beef salad with Asian herbs, sprouts, chilli, and green papaya $18

Mezze plate for drinks with the girls, with local salamis, prosciutto, aged cheddar, dip, pickles and ciabatta $19 

Chilli con carne with jalapeno peppers, spring onions, sour cream and brown rice $20

Grilled salmon, steamed Asian veg with yellow curry and herbs $27


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