Skip to content
May 18, 2011 / amyjmcintosh

Fig Tree Byron Bay

Carpaccio of mahi mahi and ceviche of mahi mahi and squid, confit beets & toasted fennel.

Do you believe in love at first sight? That lightening bolt moment when two worlds collide and you recognise the love of your life? Some people see fireworks while others recount stories of birds suddenly appearing, knees trembling and cherubs flying. Whatever the case, love at first sight happens in an instant and there can be no denying the feelings of intoxication that accompany it.

As the saying goes, love finds you when you least expect it. This was certainly the case for me. It was a sunny Sunday afternoon and I was minding my own business as I walked up a private road on the outskirts of Byron. Unbeknown to me, I was about to meet “The One” – the one who I had been looking for all my life, the one who I couldn’t live without.

As I reached the top of the road, I arrived at a restaurant called Fig Tree. You wouldn’t know from its unassuming appearance, but this restaurant has the all the makings of a chef’s hat contender. The moment I stepped inside, it hit me like a tonne of wontons that I had indeed found “The One”. I had found my perfect restaurant match.

Fig Tree is hard to fault. The only mishap was mixing up our booking, but I’ll let them off the hook since they made room for us at the last minute and treated us to “the best seat in the house”. Bless them! Being brought up by a mother who is somewhat obsessed by views, I seem to have inherited a similar inclination for “good outlooks” when eating out. It’s all about the view, you see. As I sat perched on my chair and gazed out towards the sunny Byron hinterland, it occurred to me that Mum would give this view her seal of approval.

All the ingredients at Fig Tree are spot on – from the seasonal and artistically presented food, to the attentive and down-to-earth service, to the reasonable price to the scenic location, to the beautiful old fig tree that sits on the hill. For me, it was like coming home – to a home that cooked the most delicious and creative food imaginable. The lovely chefs even catered for my food sensitivities by keeping all the dairy separate and offering me a dairy-free dessert. This was without me even making a fuss – they just picked up on something I asked about one of the sauces. They also treated us to complimentary champagne for our anniversary. Every part of the six-course degustation was like music in my mouth. To be honest, I enjoyed it more than Tetsuya’s degustation. Yes, it’s true! Not bad for $65 a head.

Fig Tree dishes up a Farmers’ Market menu every Thursday evening using the freshest local and organic produce from the fabulous Byron Bay Farmers’ Markets. The four-course menu is $45; the six-course tasting menu is $65. What a bargain. I highly recommend that you hotfoot it there ASAP. You’ll love it.

Fig Tree Restaurant & Rooms
4 Sunrise Lane, Ewingsdale NSW 2481
Phone: (02) 66 847 273

So, tell me readers, do you have a restaurant that stole your heart the moment you lay eyes on it?


Leave a Comment
  1. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella / May 18 2011 10:43 pm

    Wow, it sounds like that meal really impressed and at $69 a head that is very good value!

    • amyjmcintosh / May 19 2011 12:25 pm

      Thanks for your comment, Lorraine. 🙂 Next restaurant on my list is La Bodeguita Del Medio. I’ve never tried Cuban before, and judging from your recent blog post it’s really delicious!

  2. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella / May 23 2011 9:09 pm

    Yes it’s pretty good! I’d love to know what you think of it if you do go! 😀

  3. Elle (Bromography) / May 27 2011 9:12 am

    This place looks lovely and the food is mouthwatering! Definitely worth a visit.

    • amyjmcintosh / May 27 2011 10:09 am

      Thanks for your comment, Elle! Love your site, by the way. 🙂

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: