Dish is the kind of place you take someone you’d like to impress. On the night we were there, several wealthy Byron Bay locals graced us with their presence, but I won’t kiss and tell. I’m not that kind of girl.
From the sleek white daybeds in the bar to the dimmed mood lighting in the dining room, Dish oozes class and sophistication. Refreshingly, the service is friendly, attentive and knowledgeable and not in the least bit snobbish as you might expect from a fine dining restaurant. Our waiter was a handsome and charming blonde who was always on hand with the right answers when we needed him.
The manager also doubled as a sommelier with some extremely good wine suggestions to match the wonderful special of the day – Crispy Bangalow* pork belly with sweet potato puree topped with a crisp pork gyoza. It was the stand out dish of the night and should surely be added to the permanent menu.
The perfectly crisp skin crackled on knife point to reveal the moist and succulent meat beneath. The smooth puree was a beautiful contrast and the gyoza a surprise element that really worked. A triumph of a dish.
The salmon fillet wrapped in proscuitto was skillfully cooked; the salmon meltingly tender and ever so pink in the centre, the proscuitto crisp and grease free. An earthy and deeply savoury porcini risotto complemented the salty fish and ham combo to perfection.
Desserts were a bit fussy for my liking, but still heaven on the palate. I was hoping for a more savoury finish with my cheese brioche and roasted quince, but could not fault the textural contrast between the tender warm fruit, crunchy bread and a surprisingly creamy sorbet.
The house-made donuts were light, crisp, walnut sized balls with a crunchy sugar and cinnamon coating. The accompanying caramalised bananas and creme anglaise lifted them up and beyond my expectations.
If you’re looking to impress, even if it’s yourself, Dish is definitely your destination.
Happy eating, Christie
*Bangalow is a small town on NSW’s North coast famous for rearing delicious pigs.
Dish Restaurant and Raw Bar
Cnr Jonson and Marvel Streets
Byron Bay, NSW 2481
Ph: 02 6685 7320 (Bookings essential)