The Restaurant @ Raes Wategos Byron Bay
The Restaurant @ Raes Wategos Byron Bay

The Restaurant @ Raes Wategos Byron Bay

My favourite restaurants always seem to have a gorgeous view of the water! The Restaurant at Rae’s Wategos is located on Watego’s Beach in Byron Bay.  Its beach location is just one in a list of attributes that has me convinced it’s the place to dine.

Wategos Beach - The Restaurant -Byron Bay

Wategos Beach – The Restaurant -Byron Bay

We were shown to our table by the most genuine and lovely waiter I have had the pleasure in meeting. His name was “Possam”.  He positioned us in a corner table with comfortable lounge seating by the garden. We had a beautiful view over the beach through the large, open alfresco windows.

Amuse Bouche Oyster with Dashi Broth

Amuse Bouche Oyster with Dashi Broth

The sound of the waves rolling in was a lovely backdrop as we took a moment to look over the menu. Possam returned to our table with an Amuse Bouche which signalled the commencement of our dining pleasure. Tempura Tasmanian oysters were presented in a sweet dash broth and dotted with a miso sauce. The batter was so incredibly light and crisp. The crunch was perfect with the deliciously salty miso and glorious seafoody oyster centre. The finish of a sweet dashi broth completed the balance of flavours and textures perfectly.

We were off to a fantastic start!

As I went through the menu I noticed so many interesting dishes. I love reading a menu and finding ingredients such as finger limes, lemon myrtle and other interesting native Australian ingredients. These ingredients appeared in dishes that were innovative and centred around our local produce and flavours.

Seared Scallop & Pork Entree

Seared Scallop & Pork Entree

I’m sure readers will know by now how much I love pork belly… hmm YUM! Taking it one step further, pork and seared scallops are a match made in heaven! The entree I chose showcased seared scallops and slow cooked pork on a bed of creamy cauliflower puree. Lending another layer of flavour to the dish was roasted charred cauliflower florets which were deliciously lemony and tender. Just when I thought the dish could not get any better I tried the rich, sweet accompanying muscatel jam. The sweet muscatel conserve consisted of plump sweet fruit and crisp almonds.  It took this entree to another level!

Agedashi Entree

Agedashi Entree

We were certainly experiencing some delicious dishes!

I was really looking forward to the Agedashi entree. This dish was served on a wakame salad which was so fresh and lush. It was beautifully crisp and included some kimchi which added a more complex flavour profile. The Agedashi and salad was dressed with a sweet and syrupy lemon, ginger dressing and garnished with sprouts and coriander.

The tofu was an absolute winner! It was so silky and soft. It tasted like it had been marinated in soy sauce as there was so much favour going on in the tofu. Possam checked with the chef Guy Hutchinson and I found that the chef had indeed quickly marinated the tofu in sesame and sweet soy sauce prior to crumbing.  It was a stroke of genius as it gave so much more flavour to the tofu. If all those flavours were not enough, I have to report that the panko crunch was sublime. A super crisp, fried sensation with the most silky salty tofu centre…amazing!

Soft Crab w Tomato

Crispy Soft Shell Crab w Heirloom Tomato

A third entree may seem a little indulgent but there were too many tempting choices to stop at just one entree each.  Alesah & I decided we would share the crispy soft shell crab with salsa de diablo and white bean, with an heirloom tomato & coriander salad.

This rich Italian feeling dish had a cosy homely flavour while still being incredibly special. The heirloom tomatoes salad included deliciously salty anchovy and a rich wine sauce. Again the tempura batter used on the soft shell crab was incredibly light and crisp. The flavour of the crab with the  salsa de diablo was the perfect combination.

Chargrilled Moreton Bay Bug Bisque

Chargrilled Moreton Bay Bug Bisque

When the mains were served Possam presented an oversized Balmain Bug with the most perfectly cooked sweet and salty flesh. The Bug was partnered with a large, generously stuffed ravioli.

The ravioli was bursting with a delicious, light, fresh seafood filling and was served in a rich seafood bisque.

Side Dish -Sautéed Greens

Side Dish -Steamed Greens

Even the side dishes were sensational. These steamed greens included broccolini, green beans and zucchini. They were served in the chef beautifully named, Emerald Sauce.  The sauce gave life to the side dish.  It consisted of pistachio, parsley, butter and was seasoned with just the right amount of salt.

Saddle of Wild Rabbit

Saddle of Wild Rabbit

Our final making was the roast saddle of wild rabbit which had been wrapped in prosciutto and stuffed with pork and pistachio.  The saddle was then roasted until the prosciutto was crisp and the rabbit meat was tender and perfectly cooked. The rabbit meat retained all the flavour and moisture, it was slightly gamey in flavour which was balanced by the creamy Jerusalem artichoke puree. The jus was made from pan juices and heightened all the lovely flavours of the dish.

A stand out dining experience is not just about the location, the menu and the delicious food. Great wait staff, who have personality, warmth and friendliness. It really helps to make a meal a total experience.

As Possam was serving our mains he mentioned a recent experience at Watego’s Beach.  Whilst on his stand up paddle board he had come face to face with a large turtle!

He had been paddling into shore when a large old turtle the size of our table glided up from the crystal clear waters to take a breath of air. As he broke the surface the turtle saw Possam on his SUP paddle board.

Possam swears the old turtle had an expression on his face and it changed instantly when he spotted Possam. The turtle dove deep into the sea and swam away quickly. Possam said it was a graceful in the water as an eagle gliding through the sky.

This serene and majestic experience happened in the waves just 100 metres from the The Restaurant @ Raes Waegos.

We continued to watch the water, the surfers and swimmers and wondered if we would catch a glimpse of a turtle during our meal.

Vanilla & Blackberry Meringue

Vanilla & Blackberry Meringue

Choosing a dessert was very difficult, they all looked too good to resist. I left the decision up to the chef.

We were treated to another taste and visual sensation. The dessert was a Vanilla Blackberry Meringue.  There were so many components and flavours on this dessert tasting plate.

I started by sampling the sweet floral lychee sorbet. The sorbet was so good! Pieces of lychee fruit gave the sorbet texture and body. I would have been happy to just enjoy the sorbet but there were so many other flavours to try.

Atop the sorbet was a twirled chocolatey tuille which was so light, thin and crisp.

Dotting the dessert plate were mini buttermilk pannacotta which had a creamy yoghurty tartness which cut through all the other sweet flavours.

Another refreshing component to the dish was the freeze dried raspberry crumb.  It was the most intense burst of raspberry.  Almost as good as a natural raspberry popping candy topping.

Matching the creamy, tart pannacotta with both fresh and freeze dried raspberry was dessert perfection, but there was also a berry sauce to enjoy with the crisp, sweet blackberry meringue. My favourite meringues have a crisp outer shell and a sweet soft marshmallow inside.

There was just so much to love about this dessert, the honeyed popcorn was sweet, salty and buttery with both whole popped corn and popcorn crumb. I thoroughly enjoyed all the fruity, fresh flavours in this refreshing and elegant dessert. The balance of sour from the freeze dried raspberry and sweet fruits and meringue was perfect.

Chef Guy - Raes Wategos

Chef Guy – Raes Wategos

So who is the talent behind this new menu and amazing food? I would like to introduce you to chef Guy Skinner-Hutchinson. He started at The Restaurant @ Raes Wategos in November and his presence has already been noticed by foodies in the Byron Bay area.

I had the opportunity to speak with Guy at the end of our meal. I discovered that he grew up and trained as a chef in Noosa, before moving to England to join the team at Chapter One in Bromley. Chapter One is a Michelin Star restaurant which further enhanced this young chef’s skill set.

Upon return to Australia Guy took a position in Byron Bay as Sous Chef.  He enjoyed four years in Byron before taking up the position of Head Chef at The Restaurant @ Raes on Wategos.

At “The Restaurant” Guy has been given the freedom to explore the flavours and style of food he enjoys. His passion and talent certainly shines through in the dishes he presents.

The menu changes seasonally and is largely influenced by the flavours of the season. After sampling the Autumn menu I can’t wait to bring hubby back to take a look at what’s being served throughout winter.

If I was a Byron Bay local I would be a regular visitor to The Restaurant @ Raes Wategos. It really ticks all the boxes for me. Guy and the new staff have given this familiar Byron Bay restaurant a new rhythm… but don’t just take my word for it, make a reservation and see for yourself. And while you’re at it, why don’t you book yourself in a romantic getaway?

Gourmet Getaways would like to thank Rae’s on Watego’s for the opportunity to experience the unique property. The opinions contained in this review are written without bias and in accordance with Gourmet Getaways’ disclosure policy. 

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Rae’s @ Watego’s

6-8 Marine Parade
Byron Bay, NSW, 2481
Ph: 02 6685 5366

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  1. Well …Chef Guy’s very cute isn’t he? His food is beautiful! Everything looks wonderful, colourful and fresh. And a view of the water makes it perfect.

  2. Local man makes good. I like that. 🙂

    His dishes are outstanding in looks, ingredients and composition and I’ll take your word for it that it was delicious too. What a lovely find.

  3. What a beautiful dining experience. I would like to go during the day so I could enjoy the view. I’ve only heard good things about this restaurant. I would love to be paddle boarding and find I have the company of a giant turtle xx

  4. I can’t stop staring at that dessert! almost too pretty to eat!

  5. Looks incredible!
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  6. Noting this one for our next visit to Byron! I love the look of that dessert! x

    • You have GOT to eat their Liz, it’s so good! The food is delicious and the view is amazing!! The chef and the waiter are also rather nice “eye candy” too

  7. Ooh we’ll be going to Byron hopefully this year. Will definitely want to visit this restaurant! 😀

  8. What a nice view! Exceeded by the food — everything looks so good! What a fun experience — thanks for sharing with us.

  9. What a great pleasure to meet the chef at the end of the meal. A personal encounter to a chef definitely makes this visit a special one. From seeing your pictures, I see his meticulous presentation and beautiful work of food presentation. I’d love to have a meal here, and of course the view!!!! Priceless!

  10. the entire meal looks so good, and I don’t think I would have shared those steamed greens. I am going to ‘steal’ the slate plating as it looks edible on the screen 🙂

  11. The chef is very talented ! What a nice meal ! I would like to try everything. And te view to the seaside make even more this restaurant like the place to be 🙂

  12. Entrees and desserts, my favourite part of a meal – you had those beautifully covered @ Raes. I have not been to Byron for so long…due another visit soon…you have whet my appetite! x


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