Lismore proves it has real taste

Basilicos owner/chef Peeter Pruul with his winning dish from the Taste of Byron.

If you thought you had to drive all the way to Byron for a world class meal, think again.

The winning dish at the recent Taste of Byron was created right here in Lismore at Basilico restaurant.

Scooping the win from around 40 other entrants, owner/chef Peeter Pruul said the judges were impressed with all three of Basilicos dishes, but it was his Illuka prawn, pink ginger and coconut wonton with Tahitian lime and wasabi mayo that was named the ultimate winner.

Basilico is no stranger to winning awards, having recently been named Northern Region Best Entertainment Restaurant at the Restaurant and Catering Association of NSW Awards for Excellence, and winning Northern Region Best New Restaurant at the same awards in 2004.

Peeter puts Basilicos success down to a number of things, starting with the fact that he was practically born in a kitchen.

My mother was a chef so she has certainly been a huge influence, said Peeter, and my Estonian background is the reason for the European influences in my dishes. But basically Im passionate about food and I dont leave my stove I am always the one doing the cooking.

Peeter said the Taste of Byron success was a big win, not just for Basilico, but for Lismore in general.

The Taste of Byron is great because you get to show off to the public and get really good exposure, Peeter said. But more importantly, our win proves that Lismore has a great reputation for good food.

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