Upon hearing a close family member raving about a new found café, we decided to check it out during our road trip back home from the Gold Coast. This café that intrigued us is aptly named Harvest, and is ideally situated in a small friendly town called Newrybar, a short drive from Byron Bay and Bungalow.
The Saturday morning breakfast crowd had flocked in long before we entered the premises. It was as if we were the only ones who were not in on this delicious secret.
A breakfast worth trying
There was not a single unoccupied table, yet we decided to try our luck. The friendly staff who greeted us did not want to turn us down, and invited us to sit on the veranda like those others who just dropped in without a reservation.
I was in two minds if we should stay or drive further up, and find a less busy spot to breakfast in. It may have been the ambience or the charming smiles of the staff; or it may have been the sumptuous aromas flowing out from the kitchen; but something about Harvest made us stick around. It sure was a wise decision - for Harvest indeed was an incomparable fulfilling experience.
Bread off the hundred year old oven
The eatery is a sophisticated space, oozing of country charm with a relaxing feel to it. Its chic ambience actually made you feel you are in an upmarket café in the city surrounded by skyscrapers. But the warmth and its country feel makes you feel glad you are not in the midst of the city vibe and suit clad crowds.
The exposed kitchen setup in undoubtedly the centre of attraction in the café, and is a busy hub with bee like activity. The Food floating out of this open kitchen is utterly tantalising, not to mention the wait staff that glide in and out of the hub nothing but downright charming.
Cozy private dinning rooms
My brekkie that morning comprised of a yoghurt terrine with strawberries, blueberries and almond flakes with its cream like texture, and the hint of basil was simply sublime.
The Israeli eggs in a chilli, garlic, red pepper and Middle Eastern tomato sauce served with freshly baked sourdough is one hearty breakfast that needs mentioning. When the dish arrived at our narrow veranda table, I could see all heads turn to see what was stirring the air around them with those sumptuous aromas. The menu offers a variety of seasonal brekkie, lunch and dinner options that you feel the need to come over and over again.
The cafe is not the only experience Harvest has to offer. Adjoining the café is the jewel of the area, a hundred year old working bakery with its own functioning 100 year old oven. It’s astonishing to see the ancient giant still in perfect working order: baking bread and other sumptuous bakery goods not only for the use in the café, but enough for the entire Byron Bay area.
Though we were quite full after the delicious breakfast Harvest served us, we could not resist purchasing some goodies from the bakery with that unmistakable rustic charm. The strawberry pastry is a must to try, and so is the blueberry tart, and not to mention the chocolate croissant. The list is endless.
A proud and successful team leader
The team at Harvest takes quality and freshness seriously, so much so that they produce most of the ingredients that are used in the busy bee kitchen of the café and in the bakery. These organic fresh regional produce do not come from far, but from their own backyard herb patch and the farms close by. The patrons do keep coming back, because at Harvest they know they get the best of everything.
The staff at Harvest certainly are not afraid to get their hands dirty. Curing their own meats and making their own cheeses is the evidence in Harvest’s very own deli next door. Definitely a well-stocked deli, offering everything a deli should offer.
Where: Newrybar, 15 minutes from Byron Bay. A great Sydney Food Lovers escape.
Why: An overall experience of good food, great local produce and friendly staff.
Cost: breakfast from $5.50 - $24.50
When: 7 days from 8:30am for breakfast, lunch and Dinners.