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“Lovely Lunch”

TOWN Restaurant and Cafe
Ranked #1 of 23 Restaurants in Bangalow
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Australian
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Reviewed December 20, 2012

Beautiful food, lovely atmosphere. My daughter and husband had the lamb pie. It was delicious - tasted like a roast dinner in itself with big chunks of melt in the mouth lamb and pumpkin. To follow we had the most amazing desert, a torte fresh out of the oven. With Davidson plum in the base. OMG devine. Everything was to die for.

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Thank Vikki Q
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Reviewed December 9, 2012

This one of the best places to eat in the shire! All I can say is go and experience it for yourself you wont be disappointed!

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Thank lovetravelno9
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Reviewed November 21, 2012

As monster fruit bats descend on Moreton Bay figs, traffic thins from light to barely noticeable and a benign sun sets over the delightful northern NSW village that is Bangalow, its time for dinner.
Except the restaurant’s shut.
I check the diary. It’s 6.45 pm on the Lest We Forget RSL clock at the post office opposite, and the date is right but Town, 20 kms from Byron Bay, and next door to the “Country Women’s Association of NSW Handicraft & Meeting Rooms,” opens at seven, and that’s that.
A young man emerges to find me at a convenient footpath high-bench, just biding my time with an iPad, the digital equivalent of whittling.
Would I like a local beer? As a matter of fact... And before long, a group of us is chatting and waiting for supper: five courses, trust us it will be fine.
Town gets a trusting clientele.
Previously Satiate, Town was reborn (or should that be rebirthed?) this year when a husband/wife team of chefs took over the pretty - but not in the slightest bit twee - upstairs-downstairs shop. And it’s accepted wisdom that the female of this team, Katrina Kanetani, is one of Australia’s leading dessert chefs, in demand as a demonstrator and food “talent.” Maybe.
But for Karl Kanetani, her Japanese-Hawaiian husband, playing Dennis Thatcher to Katrina’s Iron Lady must occasionally suck. Because the food at Town is... superb. All of it. And I dare say it’s all about a great team of two rather than a pair of stars (there’s nobody else. )You just want to love a restaurant like this.
By day Down Town, at street level, is a cute cafe. Three nights a week, the Kanetanis do a double, get in waiters, some special produce and head Up Town. For people of such manifest talent, it’s probably a nice business mix.
So... The food in this simple period dining room is Modern. You know. A menu without verbs or adjectives. Like “Kingfish, ponzu, macadamia, wild rice” (it follows a teaser of tomato water, diced tomato, basil seeds, nasturtium, black pepper grissino). It’s clean, light, fresh and texturally interesting with obvious suggestions of the kitchen’s Japanese interests,
And full of flavour.
The shaved macadamia and ponzu get together to make for a tangy, creamy accompaniment to the raw fish, with toasted wild rice for nutty crunch.
A big, seared Nova Scotia scallop gets cauliflower two ways, both pureed and grated raw, plus buckwheat and shiitake in a kind of grainy cream with soft but not pickled
mustard seeds. It’s very original stuff, but accessible too.
Outstanding snapper is served with seaweeds, choko, snow pea and white fungus with an intensely flavoured mirin/dashi broth laced with peanut oil, adding a dimension of rich mouth-feel. The dish sparkles in the mouth, the most obviously Japanese tonight.
And then a slice of firm yet incredibly flavoursome beef brushed with fenugreek oil, seared and then cooked slowly to achieve an extraordinary uniformity of “done-ness”: ruby red from edge-to-edge. Wok-fried mung bean shoots add the smell of takeaway fried rice while a super-light horseradish cream drizzle intersects with one of smokey, burnt-black scallion, stock and, maybe, a touch of miso.
For me, it is THE dish: clever, clean, unpredictable and demonstrating very careful cooking of superb produce. Delicious.
I order cheese and get two local examples: the Nashua Washed Rind and Tintenbar Triple Cream, both by Bangalow Cheese Co.: a revelation to an Australian cheese cynic.
Where to, Mrs Kanetani?
A sweet tease comes in the form of the “Nimbin Valley Goats Curd Cheesecake” a piece of crisp-shelled brioche with curd, charred pear, honey, toasted quinoa and a drizzle of acidic reduction (vincotto?).
The hero, however is the difficult to describe “rain forest”, Kanetani’s earth homage. My notes say “Medicinal, earthy, nutty, fruity, tangy.” Indeed, so slack jawed are diners by the waiters’ explanation of this dessert that I surreptitiously record it when my turn comes.  
“From the ground up, it’s a chocolate soil, yuzu mousse, Davidson plum ice cream, basil mint moss, honey and wattleseed canoli, kataifi (pastry), candied lilly pilly” and something that sounded like “mud crab,” but probably wasn't.
I’m a little sceptical about concept dishes, but... It is superb. Complex. Intriguing. A textural party.
And at $85 (cheese extra) Town is outstanding value. It’s not a party; this is a measured, respectful kind of place and, as if you needed it, a great reason to visit Bangalow. They open at seven.

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Reviewed November 19, 2012

Truly an amazing dining experience... So good we had to return the next day for lunch.
The food was extraordinary, service fantastic (he was busy!) and a perfect accompanying wine selection. Thank you!

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Thank DMGroo
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Reviewed October 31, 2012

Staff are lovely food is great and coffee is yummy too.
I am vegetarian and I absolutely loved the vegetarian lasagne

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Thank mark m
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