UP TOWN AWARD: Katrina and Karl Kanetani owners and chefs at Town Restaurant in Bangalow.
UP TOWN AWARD: Katrina and Karl Kanetani owners and chefs at Town Restaurant in Bangalow. Christian Morrow

Bangalow's Town restaurant wins chefs hat for fifth year

Town Restaurant and Cafe wins another award: Bangalow's Katrina and Karl Kanetani, the chefs behind Town Restaurant and Café, have been honoured once again.
Town Restaurant and Cafe wins another award: Bangalow's Katrina and Karl Kanetani, the chefs behind Town Restaurant and Café, have been honoured once again.

There are now two "hatted" restaurants in the Byron Shire, with Brunswick Heads restaurant Fleet also getting the nod from the industry-recognised Food Guide.

This is no mean feat for a regional restaurant, given that across NSW, 19 restaurants lost a chef's hat this year.

Town owners and chefs Katrina and Karl Kanetani have owned their upstairs degustation restaurant for five years.

They also operate the Town Cafe on street level, putting in 16-hour days and working up to 100 hours a week each.

Upstairs, sometimes referred to as "Uptown", is open Thursday to Saturday and Town Cafe is open every day from 8am.

"We really have an emphasis on using local produce and creating simple, well-crafted meals," said Katrina.

"We draw inspiration from Karl's Hawaiian and Japanese heritage to create our dishes.

"For instance, our snapper with ginger shallot and choko is a tribute to Karl's father, that's the way he used to cook fish back in Hawaii."

The couple operate Town restaurant kitchen as a two-hander, preparing all the food from scratch - from baking the bread right through to preparation of their renowned desserts.

And Katrina and Town are no strangers to making great desserts, having won the Golden Fork Award for the $5 tasting plate at the Sample Food Festival in August for their Bangalow Mess.