Bistro 16

It’s not often we get to discuss our sweet southern friends but when we do, it’s for very good reason (usually due to epic eats obviously) and this little tale is no exception.

Before we begin discussing epic eats however, let’s discuss bowls clubs, an English invention enthusiastically adopted by Aussies that have since become one of our favourite places to spend time.

The reasons for which are three-fold: 1. Affordable schooners slash wine, 2. Epic eats at even better prices and 3. The chance to play barefoot (or real) bowls on a Sunday afternoon after/while indulging in schooners slash wine.

What’s not to love?

Which bring us to the purpose of this article. Said epic eats and specifically those of Bistro 16 at Tweed Heads Bowls Club (see we always get to the point eventually).

It’s a delightful space, both rustic and modern in aesthetics with bright pops of colour and a soft, low-lit vibe. It’s charming and welcoming and the kind of spot you definitely won’t mind spending a bit of time in.

The culinary team there, led by Executive Chef Brad Whittaker, have been in the process of creating a new menu of late and the results are in. It’s a modern, comforts-of-home style situation made up of small plates and things to share and, to be frank, we’re impressed.

In recent times Bistro 16 has become a dining destination much-loved by both locals and visitors and, as folks who are passionate about food tend to do, they decided to ramp things up a bit.

Here’s what you should rush down there to taste at the next available opportunity; South Western Salad, Char-grilled Pork Loin Cutlet, Meal Lover Pizza, the Mushroom, Ricotta and Spinach Burger and the BBQ prawn BLT. Yes, all of those things.

Share-wise may we suggest a Prawn Cocktail (how good are those) or some Southern Fried Chicken. Or both, because you know how we like to encourage eating.

The rest of the menu is made up of all your favourites including pizzas, pasta, burgers, stir-fries and chicken parmies all of which are prepared by the Tweed Heads Bowls Club’s in-house butchery (who knew).

For dessert, don’t even think about not ordering the Chocolate Mousse plus probably try the Tiramisu and Crème Caramel baked by the in-house Pastry Chef. This place is the gift that keeps on giving isn’t it.

Of course, there’s a roast of the day (pork, beef or lamb) and it’s just $13.50 for members (well worth joining up for).

The Chef and his team make it their mission to be creative with the menu, including choosing unique ingredients and flavours to ensure you’ll definitely want to keep coming back for more.

Here’s the best part though; express meals are priced from $9 for members at lunchtime and $15.50 at dinner with desserts on offer from $4.50. WOW.

So that’s about 37 reasons to get down to Tweed Heads quick smart and don’t forget the aforementioned affordable schooners slash wine and opportunities for barefoot slash real bowls.

It’s everything you need and then some.

LOCATION: Corner Wharf and Florence Streets, Tweed Heads
HOURS: Lunch daily from 11.30am until 2pm and dinner Sunday to Thursday 5:30pm- 8pm, Friday and Saturday 5:30pm- 8:30pm

Words by Kirra Smith