Delightful, friendly and well-trained staff started off a highly enjoyable dining experience at this small Byron Bay restaurant. Modern, stylish and unfussed fit-out. And, contrary to the annoying or nauseating music played by most restaurants, old jazz standards tinkle away in the background here. At a volume that is very conducive to actual conversation with your fellow diner/s.
The wine list is understandably modest but carefully selected, and a WA organic red was in true Burgundy style...subtle, complex and more delicate than big Aussie reds.
Of course the best reason to dine here is the food. Very talented chefs produce gorgeous dishes that are wonderfully presented, have a lovely blend of tastes and textures with the freshest ingredients. And, the portions are just right: not the oh-too-common mega-plate, and not a-pea-on-a-14-inch-platter either. So you can enjoy at least two dishes (entré and main or main and dessert) without that common uncomfortable feeling from eating too much.
The desserts in particular are small--and small-priced to match--so that you can try more than one. I highly recommend that you do. They're excellent.
This is a highly-recommended establishment that puts most Melbourne restaurants to shame in almost every way...at a price that is probably expensive for Byron Bay, but very modest indeed for Melbourne. Two of us enjoyed a wonderful dinner of nibbles, mains, glass of wine each, and desserts for a total of $90 (I had the most expensive main on the menu). Plus a generous tip for the front-of-house staff who were so delightful.
Book ahead. We lost count of the number of people turned away (very nicely) during our Saturday night dining experience.