New menu at locals favourite restaurant Barrio Eatery & Bar in Byron Bay – which should be the top of everyone’s list when visiting the area. Open from breakfast through to dinner, Barrio is a place to meet, connect, share and eat – a home away from home. In the evening, the lights go down, dinner is served, and great bottles of natural and world-renowned wines are opened.
The wood-fired oven and open-flame grill is the heart of the restaurant, and the Middle Eastern inspired dishes are centred around the distinctive flavours imparted through this style of cooking. A complex arrangement of hooks, chains and flames allow for simultaneous fast and slow cooking; tuna is cured into bacon for breakfast bagels; slow ferment sourdough flatbread is grilled with chicken fat and za’atar; Kinkawooka mussels are steamed and smoked before being submerged in preserved lemon and olive oil; large pieces of Provenir hanger steak rest on top of the grill; while ‘to-order’ beef hearts sizzle on skewers below, then thinly sliced and served with house-made taramasalata (a twist on vitello tonnato).
And, the return of the tuna kibbeh which is back after popular demand and soon to become a signature dish – raw yellowfin tuna, cracked wheat, sumac, and flying fish roe.