Grab a great pizza at the Treehouse, Byron Bay.
Grab a great pizza at the Treehouse, Byron Bay. Contributed

A beachside eat with real taste

Fringed umbrellas at tables on the front lawn add to the beachy, holiday feel of the place and the atmosphere slowly changes over the course of the day.

Early mornings find those who've been for a swim at Belongil Beach, directly across the road, sitting at tables with their towels and wet hair and a scattering of locals who've been walking their dog.

Breakfast is a casual affair: order and pay at a temporary counter with a coffee machine on one end.

I order a BLT ($8.50) from the small menu, which included fruit salad, bircher muesli (both $6.50), fruit toast and assorted muffins (both $4.50) and excellent Merlo coffee, which is served in bio-cups until midday.

There is a generous serve of bacon in the flour-coated roll and a first-class home made aioli.

At lunchtime things are busier and the menu more substantial.

By then the wood-fired pizza oven has been fired up, all off the staff are on deck and there is a wide selection of healthy food available.

You can order home-made dips to share with Turkish bread, focaccias and tofu burgers, pasta, risotto and vegetarian lasagna.

The Treehouse Ensalada ($17) is a favourite with regulars. It's made with roasted pumpkin and beetroot, goat's cheese, black olives, pine nuts, mixed leaves, cherry tomatoes, Spanish dressing and balsamic dressing.

At weekends, try the pizzas too. They are not super cheap and are all one size, but my they are good.

My favourite is the Bonza BBQ made with mozzarella cheese, bacon, avocado, spinach, onion, rosemary and barbecue sauce ($24.50) and is absolutely delicious.

The crust is thin and light, baked to perfection and not too overloaded on top, at the same time as delivering plenty of different taste sensations.

Combined with a rocket and parmesan salad the pizza is just right for two to share.

There are also burgers, pastas, dips and focaccias and daily special meals.

Desserts are popular at night (all $10.50) and regulars on the menu include mango or passionfruit brulee and triple layered tiramisu.

The Treehouse is fully licensed with yummy cocktails all at $14. Try an espresso martini to get the evening moving, made with a double espresso shot, Kahlua and vodka or a berry caprioska: a long glass with mixed berries, vodka, strawberry liqueur and lime.

There are plenty of wines by the glass and beers on the menu as well as a delicious apple and pear cider.

Treehouse on Belongil has live music most nights.

Treehouse on Belongil, 25 Childe Street, Byron Bay, tel: 6680 9452. Open 7 days 8am til 10.30pm

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