My Real Food Byron Bay Guide + More
Bayleaf Cafe – Breakfast was amazing here! I had the breakfast greens and it was amazeballs! Although it had a very small amount of buckwheat kernels in it, and I am usually grain free, I had it despite this! Why? Because I’m on holidays and I have developed my self-love to sometimes let my guard down. This allows me to not sabotage my holiday and enjoy every moment. Buckwheat is by no means unhealthy or bad for my body, however my usually grain free diet means I sometimes have to take two deep breaths and fill myself up. It was fricken’ amazing btw and I left with such a happy tummy!!! Their coffee is also TO DIE FOR. I had an ice filter – and then one every day after that…and then I packed some to bring home
Mum had the Spiced Golden Mylk with coconut milk and she also loved it. Very smooth and healing. She then had to get one every day for the rest of the week because she loved it that much!
Naked treaties- I had the green bowl with the tahini dressing on the side. So delicious, however, the vegetables were a bit hard to chop in the bowl! Nevertheless, I devoured it. I had it with the tahini dressing on the side so I could add my own amount which I prefer to do always, as I prefer less dressing than more (just personal preference). My sister got the raw nachos which looked amazing and was, however, she said there was a lot of avocado and not much else which was unfortunate. Some more of the walnut mince and housemate ‘chips’ would have been epic. Will be back there again that’s for sure!
Rae’s on Wategoes- Where to begin?! Firstly, the setting of this incredible, intimate and chic restaurant is picture perfect and when accompanied with such nourishing, real food you just cannot go wrong. The service was fantastic and I asked for my dish to be dairy and gluten free which they did without a single fuss! (It was already the sugar-free option). This was tick number 1! My brother is anaphylactic to pistachios and they were very accommodating to also make all 5 of our dishes nut free. Tick number 2!
My complimentary hors d’oeuvre was made gluten and dairy free (the others had the little dollop of cream) which I was so grateful for! I had some mixed olives for starters which were so full of flavour followed by their catch of the day (which was snapper), upland cress, caponata, silicon olive, lemon, pistachio crumble (none of this though because of my brothers nut allergy). It was the most perfect ‘me’ meal ever. All I ever want when I go out for a beautiful meal is a fresh piece of fish, some vegetables and olive oil and holy guacamole they hit the spot!! I devoured the whole dish, plus some sides of greens which were shared with the table (cause you know me…I can never have too many veggies!).
It’s always a good sign when I leave a place with a happy tummy (because my constantly clean diet means I have a very sensitive stomach) and this was another 11/10 feed from the amazing Byron Bay…I seriously think I’ll be getting married here. I am so in my zone; meditation, yoga, beautiful food, beautiful people, the sun, wavy hair and early nights. What more do you need in life?
Folk – Wow this humble little place is the perfect sanctuary for breakfast. Located walking distance just outside of Byron Bay, you can find this small, perfect breakfast spot that screams good vibes, happy people and fresh, local produce. With such down to earth staff and amazing interiors, it’s hard not to enjoy your visit.
I ordered the organic poached eggs on sourdough (without the sourdough) served with miso sweet potato, a silver beet and mint pesto and garden greens. Absolutely amazing flavours – the sweet potato was delicious and I quite literally could have licked the plate. You could honestly taste the love in the food and the freshness in the beautiful little poachies. My dad got the sourdough with his meal and it looked fricken epic I have to say – such a huge chunky piece of fresh looking bread – so if you’re able to eat bread…then I seriously would not skip this opportunity.
Coffee was actually from Dukes roasters in Melbourne so it was a familiar coffee – so it was smooth and beautiful. Their almond and cashew milk is made in house (in fact I saw a staff member making it with her very hands) so you can just imagine how good everything is for your insides.
Side point: One of the chef’s came over to our table to inform us that their kitchen does contain traces of nuts in everything (for my brother’s allergy) which was so considerate of her to do. Their kitchen is open for every customer to see the quality and care that they put into every meal. You cannot miss this spot and the perfect walking distance to and from Byron’s main shops.
The Brokenhead coconut milk – This is a must buy and try item when you come to Byron. It is stocked in most health food stores – I got mine from Santo’s (across from Woolies), alternatively Green Garage have it. It is one of the only kinds of coconut milk that I have come across that has no added sugar. Obviously, coconut milk has naturally occurring sugar from the sweetness of the coconut but the amount of fat that coconuts have stop you from OD-ing on sugar because they are so filling. I made a raw Cacao and Turmeric iced coconut milk and it was amazinggggggg. I also splashed some into a Bayleaf coffee that I got as takeaway, and again – amazing. It is SO CREAMY and REAL tasting.
Byron Bay farmers markets (Thursday 8-11am) – Wow oh wow! This was such an epic display of the amazing produce from local farmers. You can literally see the love radiating off the produce as families and friends grow such amazing things! From yellow zucchinis (I have actually never seen one with my own eyes before) to green squash to fully organic, grass fed, grass finished, no crap, so much love beef! Yep, this beef was so pure and fresh ever I was like OMG I have to get some (and I’m not the biggest red meat fan). The taste of the vegetables that I bought and the realness in flavour make me somewhat concerned of the stuff I normally eat….
I bought this huge fat cucumber and the taste was unreal. Plus the freshest and most alive fresh rocket and spinach which I literally had to cut the roots off which I loved! I seriously wish that there were more little farmers markets around Melbourne and other cities because I feel like people might actually start to appreciate their food and waste less of it if they saw the families that put their heart and soul into growing it and when they can taste the love in every bite.
Halcyon House – We stopped at this Hampton inspired boutique hotel on our way to Brisbane airport for a coffee and to have a good old sticky beak at the amazing fit out. The menu for their restaurant, Paper Daisy sounds fresh and JERF worthy! Think grilled fish and ‘plants’ or some poached chicken with artichokes, mushrooms and sunflower seeds. They even have cheese platters for your sugar-free alternative to a desert! This is definitely a must-try for my next trip.