Wickens at the Royal Mail
Wickens at the Royal Mail
For foodies with their finger on the pulse, the Australian Good Food Guide’s 2019 awards list is a pretty big deal. And for good reason – it’s not easy to make the final cut! This year, many of Australia's dining hotspots took out the top awards, from talented chefs to restaurant accolades, including newbies as well as firm favourites who appear year-after-year, like Quay. Tip your hat to these award-winning restaurants and get ready for a feast to remember.
Vittoria Coffee: Restaurant of the Year
Putting a whole new twist on modern Australian cuisine, Jock Zonfrillo's critically-acclaimed Restaurant Orana draws on his own explorations around Australia. Elegant in design, this beautiful bistro delivers on all fronts, from the extraordinarily creative menu to the minimalist contemporary interiors, Orano promises to take diners on a journey of the senses. Tucked away upstairs off the bustling strip of Rundle Street, Orana's innovative team present show-stopping tasting menus that are rich in creativity and draw influences from indigenous Australian traditions. Here, each dish tells the story of its heritage – Scottish-born owner and chef Jock Zonfrillo visited various Aboriginal communities to forage for inspiration – to create a cuisine that's unique to Australia and respectful of ancient Aboriginal philosophies. This is a restaurant deeply rooted in age-old tradition, and one that any food lover should put to the top of the bucket list.
Adelaide, South Australia
New Restaurant of the Year
The Mornington Peninsula's Pt. Leo Estate is home to Australia's most comprehensive sculpture collection, and this year's new restaurant of the year, Laura. A gourmet hideaway promising an ultra-luxe dining experience in a gloriously intimate setting. With a choice of four, five or six courses, along with a perfectly paired wine list, diners take a gastronomic tour of the region through each plate.
Point Leo Estate, Merricks, Victoria
Santa Vittoria Regional Restaurant of the Year
The very definition of farm-to-plate, Brae sits on 30 acres with vegetable plots and an established grove of over 100 trees. Using fresh produce from its own farm as well as that of local producers and growers, their ever-changing menu takes its direction from the garden. Get the full experience and stay in one of their six eco-friendly luxury guest suites. Pure bliss.
4285 Cape Otway Rd, Birregurra, Victoria
Citi Chef of the Year
Securing a spot on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants List since 2009, Peter Gilmore has this year been awarded with both the Chef of the Year award and the three-chef-hat gong for Quay, marking 17 years in a row. After the $4 million refurbishment and menu overhaul earlier this year, Peter Gilmore has pushed Quay creatively while still delivering incredibly beautiful food, with a strong produce ethos.
Upper Level, Overseas Passenger Terminal, The Rocks, New South Wales
Bar of the Year
When Maurice Terzini (Icebergs) took over this venue in Surry Hills, we knew it was going to be the next big thing on Sydney’s buzzy pub scene. Following its swanky makeover, The Dolphin is oh-so-chic but still holds onto its classic pub feel. The Wine Room and its beautifully intimate setting offers a fine wine and charcuterie board refuge to foodies looking for respite on Crown Street.
412 Crown Street, Surry Hills, New South Wales
Wine List of the Year
Modern Italian cuisine with a touch of class, Otto is loved for its wholesome and flavoursome dishes, and curated wine offering. The globally inspired wine list showcases a huge range of Italian wines (think Timorasso and Vermentino), alongside premium drops that can be sampled by Coravin (new technology that allows you to taste without opening the bottle...genius).
4/480 Queen Street, Brisbane City, Queensland
Regional Wine List of the Year
Destination dining at its finest, the Royal Mail Hotel draws on the rich bounty of its beautiful regional surrounds, by the Grampians National Park. À la carte or degustation, you’ll discover seasonal ingredients plucked from surrounding farms and paddocks, and the world-class wine list showcases bottles from the impressive 28,000 bottle wine cellar.
98 Parker St, Dunkeld, Victoria
Sommelier of the Year
The revamped Carlton Wine Room’s introduces a captivating new menu to accompany its fresh lick of paint. Most dishes are light and balanced in flavour, so not to overpower Travis Howe's carefully curated, all-star wine list, which boasts 100 varieties and encompasses both classics and biodynamics.
172-174 Faraday St, Carlton, Victoria
Vittoria Coffee: Legend Award
This revered Italian cook and wine producer converted the historic cellars of Mildura's Grand Hotel into Stefano's Cantina in 1991, and has continued to champion the local area's food, wine, arts and culture scene. A passionate voice for local producers, Stefano de Pieri still invites diners to enjoy his five-course meal created around the season's best available produce.
Grand Hotel, 20 Langtree Ave, Mildura, Victoria
Josephine Pignolet: Young Chef of the Year
Championing sustainable practices, Iki Jime's Jodie Odrowaz is leading a new wave of chefs who are pushing local and seasonal produce to the next level. Having worked abroad to hone her skills with like-minded chefs and restaurants, Odrowaz is set to continue her environmentally-friendly culinary creations at Shannon Bennett's latest ethical venture, Ike Jime.
430 Little Collins St, Melbourne, Victoria
Citi: Service Excellence
Having worked in many of Sydney's top restaurants (CC: Tetsuya and Bentley Restaurant and Bar), Momofuku Seiobo's General Manager Kylie Javier Ashton knows a thing or two about creating the perfect dining experience. From greeting guests, working the pass and giving recommendations, diners are in safe hands at Momofuku Seiobo.
The Star, G/80 Pyrmont Street, Sydney, New South Wales