Review: Dish Restaurant & Raw Bar7

Posted on August 10, 2008 by ChristieRestaurants

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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)

  • If I ever get my tush to that side of the world, this sounds like the perfect night out.

    So decadent. I’m in for that pork belly, wow…were you able to sleep after that meal?

  • Dee

    Ooh, lucky you! That sounds like an amazing night out. I’m green :(

  • How wonderful to read this review. You gave great details! :) I look forward to reading more of your reviews, I spent around 5 months in Australia many years ago and can’t for the life of me remember any names of restaurants we went to. Although I’ll never forget the ambience of a gorgeous restaurant in Hobart Tasmania in the harbor. I think it was a hotel if I remember correctly and the restaurant at the very top floor rotated! It was so beautiful!

  • Oh my, that sounds truly delicious. I like desserts that are a mix of the classic and the surprising (ie not another damned slice of lemon tart!) which is what these sound like. And I do enjoy a charming, handsome waiter ;)

  • Noble Pig – I would love to show you ’round Sydney!

    Dee – Don’t be jealous! Get even. I’m sure you can find somewhere nice ;)

    Laurie – I’ve never been to Tasmania. Maybe one day. So glad you’ve experienced this beautiful country.

    Laura – Agreed. A charming waiter really makes a difference ;)

  • Joe

    Nice review, sounds great. Our restaurant is named Dish Cafe. Small world!

    Joe @ cookingquest

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