It always amazes me that even though Australia is surrounded by endless kilometres of coastline, we actually have relatively few eateries on the water’s edge. Lucky for us we have one of these in the region and I think it’s worth the drive from Byron to Ballina to check out!
Wharf Bar & Restaurant is located a mere 10 metres from the riverside, so if you are anything like me, you can indulge your love of a sunset aperitivo by the water and embrace your inner Italiano here down by the river.
The Wharf Bar pride themselves on offering fresh local seafood and offer a menu with a leaning towards European flavours. On a recent visit I ordered the croquettes, because you know I just can’t seem to go past a croquette and these little guys did not disappoint; my favourite was the local Bangalow ham and mozzarella. And who in their right mind could possibly go past the Ballina garlic prawns, so juicy and tender and downright yum. The signature Mixed Seafood Grill was generous with plenty of local succulent seafood served with a zingy lemon-butter sauce to balance out the dish beautifully.
The Wharf Bar & Restaurant is a wonderful place to share a meal with friends and family, and if you’re lucky you might even get to see a few dolphins playing in the river too!
The Wharf Bar & Restaurant
12–24 Fawcett Street Ballina Tel: 6686 5259
Open: 7 days a week: 7.30am till 10pm
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Words and images by Terase Davidson: Terase is the founder of Taste Byron Bay. For more information contact: www.tastebyronbay.com or follow the fun on INSTAGRAM @tastebyronba