Byron Bay News
Byron Bay News
At the helm of the kitchen is executive chef and owner Robbie Oijvall (who also curates the culinary direction behind sister venues Light Years Byron Bay and Moonlight Bar ). With a new cuisine under his belt, head chef Oijvall masterfully combines the playfulness diners are familiar with at Light Years Byron Bay with far-flung flavors from Lebanon, Turkey, Israel and beyond.
To start, mezze traditional includes dips like hummus with harissa oil and babaganoush with parsley oil, smashed falafel with green goddess tahini, and sumac spiced tuna tartare. From the BBQ, plates include baharat beef shish, shawarma spiced chicken, and halloumi and mixed vegetables the salad selection includes a watermelon, shanklish and mint combination, as well as a ‘village salad’ with whipped feta.
Desserts include the ‘desert mess’, with baklava gelato from Frankies Gelato , pistachio sand, strawberry, rosewater, honey coco whip; and a saffron rice pudding with mango passion fruit gelato and spiced orange.
The drinks list is an all-star line-up of colorful cocktails taking on unexpected flavor profiles. From the Turkish Delight with Bookies Dry Gin, cranberry, rose, and lime to the Dead Sea Ice Tea with dark rum, pomegranate tea, lemon and apricot brandy and an early patron favorite, The Oasis with tequila, lime, cucumber, orgeat, mint and coriander.
Never one to take their wine list lightly, Group Beverage Manager Sean Duncan has sourced a jubilant expression of wines with a focus on Lebanese producers who work with Indigenous grapes out of the Bekaa Valley, one of the oldest winemaking areas in the world. The offering is short but sweet with some amazing aromatic drops alongside heavy-hitting, grippy reds perfect for the menu’s meatier options.
Rounding out the liquids list is a great selection of tinnies from some of our favorite Byron Bay local heroes such as Stone & Wood, Earth Beer Co. & Wandana Brewing with Egyptian favorite Stella Lager making its way to our fridges in the months.
The 55-seat venue, which once played home to the OG Light Years is now completely unrecognisable from its predecessor. The group worked once again with Week Days Design, who was responsible for the monochromatic interiors and creative direction for Moonlight Hibachi Grill and Wine Bar . This latest project conjures up a visual feast of bold colors and contrasting patterns, flourishing with ornamental elements and traditional glass neons. The balance of details, color, and objects creates a palatable space bathed in an ambient glow with an undertone of refined chaos.
If you’re a fan of old Light Years Byron Bay walking into this neon-lit space will hit all kinds of nostalgic notes. It feels good to be back in the old stomping ground with the added bonus of new delicious, good food and cocktails to discover!
Photos by Jessie Prince