New Indian: Daughter in Law This Thursday at 4pm is the soft launch of acclaimed chef-owner Jessi Singh’s ‘unauthentic Indian’ restaurant Daughter in Law on Fletcher Street, Byron Bay (where St Elmo used to be). 100 per cent of all proceeds from the busiest night of the opening week will go to a threepronged initiative close to his heart, which directly supports Indian people living through COVID. The restaurant will gradually ramp up from Thursday, and will be accepting bookings via the website from Monday 14 June. This is not your typical Indian joint. Singh, who has run restaurants in Melbourne, New York, California and Sydney, as well as the Melbourne and Adelaide branches of Daughter in Law, has been mastering the art of what he calls ‘unauthentic Indian’ food for many years now; and will be blending the flavours he grew up on, with local Northern Rivers ingredients, and new cooking techniques. ‘I like working with what surrounds me. Yes, I’m Indian, but I live in Australia and I’m also Australian,’ he says. The menu at Daughter in Law Byron, unlike the interstate varieties, will be more coastal style; ambitious and playful, and aims to encapsulate the Byron Bay lifestyle with an emphasis on seafood, vegan and gluten-free fare. Singh describes his food as ‘unauthentic’ because, in his view, ‘there is no such thing as authentic Indian food. There are no recipes, and everything is passed on through the generations, in the kitchen, verbally. Daughter in Law represents my travel journey throughout the world, so it’s global food with an Indian twist; these recipes will be passed on to my children.’ Celebrated sommelier, Bhatia Dheeraj, will be overseeing the extensive wine list, which includes local producers alongside interstate and overseas drops. For cocktails, there’s an Indian spiced sangria – a mixture of red wine, sweet vermouth, and orange – as well as the Daughter in Law, which is made with Byron’s favourite Brookie’s gin, a tandoori-fired pineapple, and cardamom lime.
The DJ area at the Festival of the Stone. Liked it!
More Stone Beer Festivals please S Haslam
Jesse Singh at the bar at ‘fun’ new Byron Indian restaurant, Daughter in Law. The 65-seat restaurant will have a vibrant atmosphere with daily DJs spinning ‘80s and ‘90s tunes to get the party started, while projected scenes from famous Bollywood films will flicker on the walls. Green and blue velvet seating, handmade glasses with rainbow peacocks, gold touches (a colour that traditionally symbolises wealth and prosperity in India) and a pink neon sign will add to the buzzing space. ‘We don’t take things seriously, but we’re very serious hospitality people. That’s the goal; to be fun and relaxed, not to be stuffy,’ says Singh. The restaurant will be open in ‘soft launch’ mode from 10 June at 4pm (Thurs–Sun for walkins only in the first week). Then from Monday 14 June they will be open 7 days and reservations can be made via the website below. Daughter in Law: 22 Fletcher St, Byron. Mon– Sun 4pm–late (7 nights from 14 June). www. daughterinlaw.com.au.
Possibly because I haven’t attended any big live music events over the pandemic, I liked the Festival of the Stone on Saturday night more than any previous year, including those when it was just a few people standing around a brazier. It’s more like a big party now than a ‘festival’, but the night was sold out, the street outside was blocked for safety, the whole check-in process was friendly and well organised, and there was a big, younger crowd who seemed to all be having a good time. Surely this couldn’t be right – but it even seemed to me that the Stone Beer itself tasted better than any other ‘vintage’, which I followed up with a Bay Pilsener before becoming lost in the vibe of the DJ area. As I was the designated driver to the next party, I had to leave before JK47 came on, and I left many beers undrunk, so I’m looking forward to next year. You can now buy the
Stone Beer from the Stone & Wood website (it’s described as a dark brown porter with rich and chocolately aromas, followed by coffee, dark chocolate and biscuity flavours on the palate and finishes with a firm bitterness). Or it’s available in cartons and on tap at select local venues,
TACO TUESDAYS Bookings essential.
$5 tacos and $5 tap beers all night.
Colourful • Vibrant • Festive Fun Dining. Bringing authentic Mexican food and drinks to Byron.
Good Taste BYRON BAY
FB/Insta: wharfbarballina 12–24 Fawcett St, Ballina 6686 5259
4–6PM Dine in and takeaway Great summer menu www.wharfbarballina.com.au
Saltwater Social Club
A gathering place for all 32 Jonson St, Byron Bay saltwatersocialclub.com.au
Vegan Bar and Kitchen.
Family friendly, tradies’ local, restaurant quality. Wednesday to Friday happy hour, midweek specials, The Bowlo, Bangalow excellent wines, foodies delight, creative cocktails, 6687 2741 local produce, massive kids’ space, welcoming staff, Open Wed–Fri 12–2.30pm & 5–8.30pm; and COVID Safe. Sat 12–8.30pm; Sun 12–7pm.
Come along to the Bangalow Bowlo and find out.
11 Fletcher Street 6680 7418
1 Porter St, North Byron Booking via our website barriobyronbay.com.au
Breakfast & lunch Monday–Sunday 7am–3pm Aperitif hour Wednesday–Friday 3–5pm Dinner Wednesday–Friday 5pm–Late
Lazy weekend lunches with sandy feet, rowdy dinners with family and friends, and late night drinks and DJs are the standard. Laid back vintage vibes and classic coastal style create an eclectic feel, complemented by our menu of shareable snacks, locally-sourced salads and hand-stretched sourdough pizzas, as well as beers on tap, organic wines and hand-crafted cocktails. GOOD TIMES ~ HIGH VIBES ~ LATE NIGHTS ~ HIGH TIDES
Join us on our expedition to save the Earth one Brussels sprout at a time. HAPPY HOUR EVERY DAY 5–6PM $6 BEERS / $12 COCKTAILS / $7 WINES Open every day from 5pm till late
Karkalla Byron Bay
Breakfast Thursday–Monday 8am–2.30pm Dinner Thursday–Monday 5.30pm–late WE LOVE LOCALS! Every Thursday is locals night! Curry, roti & glass of wine $36. Apertivo hour Friday–Sunday 2.30–5.30pm native cocktail happy hour and more! Bookings via website www.karkalla.com.au
5614 8656 www.karkalla.com.au @karkallabyronbay
OCA Organic Cuisine 1/6 Tasman Way, Byron Bay
6680 8228 @ocacuisine www.ocacuisine.com
Open 4pm until late Monday through Sunday for sundowners, dinner, and late-night drinks.
For any events of up to 30 people please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Corner of Bay Lane and Fletcher Street, Byron Bay
7am–3pm Mon, Tues, Sat 7am–8.30pm Wed, Thurs, Fri
Shop 9/8 Fletcher St, Byron.
Book online: www.nobonesbyronbay.com.au
Café, Bar & Restaurant
Call 02 6680 7438 or text 0425 361 239 to book.
Club open Wed–Sun from 12 noon www.bangalowbowlo.com.au bangalowbowlo @thebowlo
Open Mon–Thur 4pm till late. Fri–Sun midday to midnight.
Wharf Bar & Restaurant
and there is also Stone Beer in barrel-aged crocks, which look pretty cool. Taking it to the next level, the super-limited Uber Stone Beer is a double barrel aged imperial porter with richer chocolate, truffle, rum cake and ripe cherry notes. See stoneandwood. com.au for more info.
A collaboration between local chefs and regenerative farmers, OCA is all about vegetarian organic food and the power of community, not to mention some seriously amazing flavours. The artisan wood–fired pizzas are the best in town. The place comes alive for dinners and special events, with some unique local performances. A real cultural experience! Open from 9am to 2pm Mon–Fri and from 5pm to 8.30pm on Tuesdays and Fridays.
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Free, independent weekly newspaper from the Byron Shire, on the Far North Coast of NSW, Australia.