Taking a roadtrip just to visit a restaurant is a thing we absolutely used to take for granted and something we’re absolutely going to do more of from now on. Especially if said restaurant is just a short drive away but promises to be a dining experience you’ll want to have again.
The restaurant we’re here to discuss is Jordy’s in Casuarina and it’s by a few people (the creators of Tucker Casuarina) who absolutely know what’s what when it comes to creating a place that offers both a stunning setting and exceptional eats.
The space itself is laidback and beautifully put together with choices of outdoor seating within the thriving precinct of The Commons, or at the tiled bar overlooking the chefs making magic.
The menu is packed with fresh, comfort-style food and absolutely everything is sourced from the surrounding Northern Rivers area, Tweed Heads to Byron Bay so you know it’s of the highest quality. Suppliers are listed on the menu so you can see exactly where your dinner came from and send up a little thank you as you bite into each tasty morsel.
And tasty morsels they are Gold Coasters. To start, you’ll want to go with the Pork, Peppers and Pickles which is indeed a plate filled with ’Nduja, Mortadella, Piccante and Finocchiona Salumi w/ith Pecorino, Bocconcini, hot peppers, gherkins and pickled shallots. Sounds like heaven in your mouth, does it not?
There are also treats like warm, marinated olives and toasted focaccia with organic olive oil and balsamic vinegar to go along with it. The flavour combinations are unique and very special and honestly, our surrounding areas are absolute world-class when it comes to produce.
Sourdough pizzas are the main event and they are the type of pillowy, flavour-packed goodness that will render all other pizzas null and void.
The Byron Bay comes with Heirloom Tomatoes, Cashew Cheese, Artichokes, Kalamata Olives and Hemp Seed Parmesan, while the Billinudgel will see you chomping on Piccante Salumi, ’Nduja, Ricotta, Red Onion, Pickled Jalapeños, Honey and Thyme. Have you ever heard of such mouth-watering goodies? We think not.
Of course there are plenty of varieties to choose from and you’ll need to go back a few times to try them all. Which won’t be a problem.
For dessert you’ll want to try the Torte Caprese and Dulce de Leche Cream and maybe some gelato from Mermaid Beach favourites Heven-yah.
To drink, there are tinnies from both local and Australia-wide brewers and a range of white and red wines, a few Pet Nats and of course, bubbles to choose from. All Australia’s finest.
In summary, if there is one place you absolutely want to jump in the car for, it should be Jordy’s. Fresh, locally sourced produce is our absolute favourite thing and we absolutely adore venues who champion it too.
Try it for yourself, you’re gonna love it.
LOCATION: The Commons, 480 Casuarina Way, Casuarina
HOURS: Wednesday to Sunday 5pm to 10pm
Words by Kirra Smith. Photos supplied.