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8 Tweed Hatted Restaurants To Dine At This Year

23 February, 2022

chef hat award winner no 35 cabarita

There’s clearly something in the soil in The Tweed region of northern New South Wales. The area’s rich volcanic earth not only supports a growing number of farms and food and drink producers, but it’s also a mecca for chefs and restaurateurs, drawn to the lush landscape, idyllic lifestyle and evolving food profile of the region. 

A growing list of foodie hotspots, from relaxed bistros to elegant eateries, are serving up Tweed-made flavours year-round with many taking out hats in this year’s Australian Good Food Guide Chef Hat Awards. 

From seaside spaces to hinterland views, don’t miss these Chef Hat Award winners on your next visit to the Tweed. 

CHEF HAT AWARD WINNERS

NO. 35 KITCHEN AND BAR, CABARITA

While a relatively new addition to Cabarita Beach, No 35 arrived in mid-2021 and developed an instant following. With a team that brings impressive calibre from iconic Sydney hot-spots, this casual but warm kitchen and bar serves up refreshing cocktails and authentic, flavour-filled dishes described simply as: “Italian-ish“. 

PIPIT, POTTSVILLE

A celebration of coastal lifestyle and sustainable food, Pipit in seaside Pottsville is a regular on awards lists for its distinctive wood-fired cooking and focus on seasonal local produce. Chef Ben Devlin and partner Yen have created a light, relaxed space with an open-plan kitchen that invites diners to watch the culinary process in action. 

PAPER DAISY, CABARITA

A few steps back from beautiful Cabarita Beach you’ll find the sophisticated simplicity and swoon-worthy interiors of much-awarded Paper Daisy at Halcyon House. A refined but relaxed space, take a seat to relish Executive Chef Jason Barratt‘s satisfying, thoughtful and deeply memorable dishes, showcasing local produce and sustainably sourced seafood. . 

TWEED RIVER HOUSE, MURWILLUMBAH

The Tweed River House is a stunning new addition to the region’s evolving valley food scene, launched in late 2021 and going straight to the 2022 Chef Hat Awards list, also recognised as a Notable Opening by judges. Set on the banks of the Tweed River in a stunningly restored, century-old manor with verandah views out to Wollumbin Mt Warning, the menu highlights seasonal flavours sourced from valley to coast. 

POTAGER – A KITCHEN GARDEN, CAROOL

Set on a small, 10acre farm up high in the picturesque hills of Carool, Potager A Kitchen Garden has long been a favourite for locals and visitors from near and far. Select dishes that hero organic local produce, locally caught fish and grass-fed meat and wander around the flourishing food garden to see where much of the fresh produce is sourced from. 

TAVERNA, KINGSCLIFF

If you’ve been yearning for Greece and its mouth-watering flavours, Taverna is your best bet this side of the Mediterranean Sea. This Greek-inspired seaside spot has a festive bustle that contrasts its soothing interiors, and a menu that tempts diners into a long lunch or shared plated dinner. With a cocktail list that’s also irresistible, it’s time to say “Yassou” in Kingscliff 

SEASON, SALT VILLAGE

Fresh, local and seasonal is the mantra for Season restaurant in Salt Village, a hop, skip and jump from Kingscliff beach at Peppers Salt Resort. The team sources meats from surrounding farms and sweet fruits and freshly picked veggies from local orchards and crops, making for a true culinary journey around the Tweed and its neighbouring regions. 

FINS RESTAURANT, SALT VILLAGE

Synonymous with seafood and regarded as one of Australia’s most awarded regional restaurants, FINS celebrated 30 years in 2021 and has well and truly earned its iconic status. Chef Steven Snow and Sommelier/Manager Morgan Snow are passionate about fresh produce, whole fish, quirky wine and pushing the boundaries of dining.  

In celebration of The Tweed’s good food (and drink), take a seat and join us at the tasting table for a menu that is filled with local flavours and culinary flare!