Winter dining worth the wander at Paper Daisy | Gourmand and Gourmet

Winter dining worth the wander at Paper Daisy

  • Food & Booze
  • Foodie Escapes
  • Byron Bay
  • Gold Coast
  • NSW
  • Dinner
  • Lunch
  • Snacks
  • Vegetarian

Get in the car, baby. We’ve got eating to do.

Perfectly perched on the coast at Cabarita Beach, Paper Daisy has recently released their winter menu, and it’s more than worth the roadtrip.

After taking over at Halcyon House’s in-hotel restaurant in April, head chef Jason Barratt has rejigged the menu’s structure slightly, though the firm focus on local, seasonal flavours remains.

Jason’s steered things away from the set-course format that was previously available, with a la carte options taking over with a range of starters, entrées, and mains (and, of course, dessert) available, though the four-course set menu remains great value at $110!

If you prefer to keep the decision-making in your own hands, kick off your coastal dining experience with a grilled wagyu and rosemary skewer (or two) before moving onto an entree of tiger prawn and bush tomato spaghetti.

Mains are fresh, Australian-spun takes on comforting winter classics, including charcoal chicken with grilled lettuce, tarragon and duck yolk, and pork collar with white bean, sour plum, and red cabbage.

Of course, it wouldn’t be a treat meal (Cheat meal? Never heard of her.) without dessert, so slip into something luxurious like the lemon aspen, macadamia and WeetBix tart, or coconut ash cannoli with pineapple and river mint to end on an unforgettable note.

Don’t leave yet, though! If a structured lunch or dinner isn’t what you’re after (or you’re somehow still hungry), pull up a seat by the fireplace, literally, to enjoy bar snacks like tropical rock lobster and avocado rolls, fries with seaweed salt, and lemon myrtle ice cream cones alongside a thoroughly coastal cocktail list.

Paper daisies might last forever, but the winter menu at Paper Daisy only has a season.

Images by Kara Rosenlund.

Words by Georgia Condon
- the gourmet who's on her way