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New foodie finds on the far North Coast

Oma, Byron BayCREDIT: Kitti Gould

Dive into the NSW North Coast’s vibrant culinary scene, starting with Oma in Byron Bay.

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New foodie finds on
the far North Coast

Oma, Byron Bay CREDIT: Kitti Gould

Dive into the NSW North Coast’s vibrant culinary scene, starting with Oma in Byron Bay.

#lovensw #newsouthwales

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With its fertile farmland, abundance of fresh seafood and creative restaurant and bar scene, the New South Wales far North Coast has become a year-round destination for foodies. Here are the latest spots to try on your next visit. 

Oma, Byron Bay  

First the Three Blue Ducks made its mark in Byron Bay with The Farm, 10 minutes north of town. Now the restaurant group has opened Oma, a 60-seater food and wine bar right in the heart of Byron. Dine on local produce and fresh seafood, including mussels with Oomite XO on sourdough crumpets, and try organic, minimal-intervention wines from around the world as well as artisan Australian spirits. And when the kitchen closes at 9pm, the deli menu keeps on going to keep your drinks company past midnight.  

Karkalla, Byron Bay  

Just around the corner from Oma, Karkalla has been named after a native edible plant, also known as pigface, which gives you a clue as to what this café-restaurant is all about. Tuck into tempting dishes with locally sourced, native ingredients, including Warrigal greens, wild native hibiscus, strawberry gum and crunchy saltbush, and sip on wild harvested Warndu teas, including Davidson plum and lemon myrtle, and native mint and ant. Yes, really. Tyrant ants add a citrus punch to this rather unique blend.  

Frida’s Field 

Take a seat in a barn in Nashua, a 30-minute drive from Byron Bay, for a long lunch in the regenerative farm-to-table restaurant Frida’s Field. After working at Icebergs and The Dolphin in Sydney, and The Slow in Bali, head chef Daniel Medcalf has returned home to the Byron area, where he’s collecting vegies from the garden and working with local wagyu Angus beef cattle to create feasts for vegetarians and omnivores alike. Frida’s Field is only open Friday to Sunday, so book ahead to save your spot. 

Lolita’s Cantina, Casuarina  

At Lolita's Cantina in seaside Casuarina, a 45-minute drive north of Byron Bay in The Tweed, head chef Armando Enriquez creates authentic dishes with contemporary twists from his old home on Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula with fresh local ingredients. Share jalapeño pork poppers, kingfish ceviche and a Byron Bay haloumi queso frito with friends before trying to choose between the fried fish, lamb barbacoa, crispy cauliflower and king mushroom tacos. Come margarita time, go with a classic, lychee, jalapeño, coconut chilli or deluxe. Decisions, decisions.  

Oma, Byron Bay CREDIT: Kitti Gould

Oma restaurant and wine bar in Byron Bay.

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Oma, Byron Bay CREDIT: Kitti Gould

Oma restaurant and wine bar in Byron Bay.

#lovensw #newsouthwales

Karkalla, Byron Bay CREDIT: Karkalla Byron Bay

Native ingredients feature heavily at Karkalla in Byron Bay.

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Karkalla, Byron Bay CREDIT: Karkalla Byron Bay

Native ingredients feature heavily at Karkalla in Byron Bay.

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Rita’s Burgers, Cabarita Beach  

Take a five-minute drive south from Casuarina for 1980s-themed fun at Cabarita Beach, where the lettering on the hot-pink Rita’s sign looks like it jumped off a Risky Business poster. But while Rita's Burgers embraces the fluoro decade with its classic burgers, you can enjoy yours 2020s style by adding kimchi, sauerkraut or avocado smash. There are also plant-based and gluten-free options available.  

The Burrow, Cabarita Beach  

Two shops down from Rita’s, you can step through doors that date from the 1880s as you enter The Burrow. Transforming an old butcher into a cosy new bar, co-owner Jess Kulken has created a space with wholesome food, quality drinks and tunes that young and old can sing along to. Try local spirits and beers, including Cabarita-made Soltera Rum and Earth Beer, brewed just 10 minutes away in Cudgen.  

Gallura Italian, Tweed Heads 

From Milan to Sydney to the Northern Rivers, Maki and Mike Dackiw have more than 40 years in hospitality between them, and at Gallura Italian they’ve brought a taste of Sardinia to the border town of Tweed Heads. Expect Sardinian specialties, such as pane frattau, a flatbread soaked in lamb broth with tomato salsa, basil and a poached duck egg, as well as fresh seafood and pasta that will transport you to Italy.  

The Oyster Shed, Tweed Heads West 

At the new Tweed Heads riverside oyster bar The Oyster Shed, you can sip cocktails made with Northern Rivers spirits, or enjoy a wine or craft beer as you look out over the oyster farm on Bingam Bay. The menu includes prawn, fish, chicken and vegetarian dishes, but the oysters are the true stars and include freshly shucked Mornay, Kilpatrick, beer-battered and bloody Mary oyster shots for a straight-down-the-hatch-with-a-kick moment.  

Frida's Field, Nashua CREDIT: Kate Holmes Photography

Frida’s Field restaurant in Nashua, in the Byron Bay hinterland.

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Frida's Field, Nashua CREDIT: Kate Holmes Photography

Frida’s Field restaurant in Nashua, in the Byron Bay hinterland.

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Lolita's Cantina, Casuarina CREDIT: Bird & Boy Photography

Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula comes to the NSW Tweed region at Lolita’s Cantina in Casuarina.

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Lolita's Cantina, Casuarina CREDIT: Bird & Boy Photography

Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula comes to the NSW Tweed region at Lolita’s Cantina in Casuarina.

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