|a gorgeous if very hot day here in Newrybar|
Mr P. and I have eaten here half a dozen times at least over the last couple of years. We are regular visitors down this way, and like to stop off at Newrybar and check out the deli, and have a bite to eat in the café - which is really a restaurant to be honest.
Let's get this out of the way first. Hospitality/service in the northern NSW region is erratic to say the least, and ego-destroying to say the worst. We were lucky enough to have a marvellous and friendly waitress serving us on this day (a boiling hot Friday last week). Sorry I didn't get your name, lovely lady.
|preservative-free ginger beer from Byron Bay $6|
|a glass of King Valley Prosecco $12|
Mr P. loved his ginger beer; it was refreshing and not too sweet. He said, and I quote: "it was the best ginger beer I have ever had." High praise indeed from the ginger beer afficionado. Our charming waitress told us they take the syrup and put it through the soda fountain so it is delightfully sparkling. I had the Prosecco, also refreshing and not too sweet. :=)
Hubby had a slice of woodfired sourdough bread ($2.50), with butter and smoked salt. The bread is made right here at Harvest in the 101 year old bakery behind the restaurant. They must have been baking the day we were there as a lot of smoke was coming towards us on the verandah. I thought this slice looked a bit like a map of Australia. Mr P. adores bread and this one was a winner - flavoursome and really fresh.
|sourdough w/- butter and smoked salt $2.50 per slice|
In the meantime, I ate some oysters. With local finger limes, $4.50 each. Served on pretty and shiny rocks, with a wedge of lime on the side. I loved these; so fresh and zippy in the mouth due to the finger lime pearls, and the smooth creaminess of the molluscs.
|creamy and tangy oysters $4.50 each|
Next came my grilled octopus. This was a tender chunk of octopus, with just the right amount of chew. I think some diners might find its looks a bit startling, due to a prevalence of baby octopus not that many years ago. I found it delicious; apparently there was also sobrassada on the plate (raw, cured sausage-I looked it up), but I can't say I noticed. I just ate up all the delicious, chewy components on my plate very happily.
|grilled octopus $20|
|local roasted potatoes w/- thyme $9|
The potatoes were a tiny bit too soft for me; I tend to like them quite firm but they were very tasty. Skin-on so you get the goodness and a bit of bite. We polished them all off easily.
|beetroot plum sorrel and hazelnut dressing $8|
I would never have thought to put beetroot and plum together but it worked well. Somewhat sweet, earthy beetroot, sweet but tangy plums and crunchy nuts added up to an enjoyable mixture of textures and flavours.
|cucumber fig yoghurt & fennel pollen $17|
This was a very refreshing cucumber broth, with figs and dried (?) yoghurt. I know I keep on about the refreshing food, but it was just so darn hot that we really appreciated anything cool and tangy on the tongue that day.
|violet crumble $16|
The waitress had me at "violet ice cream". I have a thing about floral scented food. I know lots of people hate it but I am not one of those nay-sayers. I love them - lavender, rose and especially violet. The chocolate mousse was light on the tongue, the honeycomb was crunchy and sweet. Altogether, it was a wonder and I hoovered it down. Sorry Mr P.
|pretty little eggplants growing in the front garden|
Harvest grow their own herbs and veggies in both garden beds and on the farm, and they believe in using locally grown and sourced food. All done in a casual but up to city standard atmosphere. We will be back! as a certain Austrian used to say. And don't forget to drop into the deli and bakery to grab some gourmet goodies. Not cheap but worth it.
|the 101 year old bakery out the back|
18 Old Pacific Highway, Newrybar NSW 2479
Ph 02 6687 2644