My brother opened the Illawong Food Room in Evans Head in Northern New South Wales, Australia, a few weeks ago.
Last weekend we left Brisbane to visit Evans Head and to sample the Food Room menu.The drive is about three hours long and particually pleasant around Newrybar. You can bypass Ballina via Tevan with the added advantage of a speed derestriction sign.
The Illawong Food Room is described as a ‘European style bistro’ and the menu features a variety of dishes including thin pizzas. There is a heavy focus on fresh, local seafood. They have fresh seafood on blackboard specials (depending on what is caught) so we had fresh local mackerel served with steamed vegetables, mashed potato and a lemon butter sauce. The mackeral was filleted and was very white, light, and very tasty. We also had a ‘local prawn + garlic’ pizza which was thin, crisp and had just enough topping for my liking.
The dessert menu is impressive too. The home made Portuguese custard tarts were incredible. They have a reasonably hard shell but the custard inside is delicious. They were served with King Island double cream and vanilla bean ice cream. Yum.
We’ll definitely need to make our Evans Head visits more frequent now that we have the Illawong Food Room menu to get through.