Last night was the award ceremony for the Australian Financial Reviews Top 100 restaurants.
This award is a prestigious restaurant award voted for by restauranteurs and chefs around the country, a true reflection on where the people in our industry like to eat.
Out of 500 shorthlisted restaurants, Ben Shewry’s Attica
in Melbourne won the award for Best Restaurant in Victoria
and got the Number 1 spot
on the Top 100 Restaurants list. This is a great moment for Ben Shewry as he last year bought out his business partner of Attica and now has sole “custody” of this Melbourne hotspot.
on the 100 Top Restaurant List is regional gem Brae
in Birregurra, Victoria who’s owner and chef Dan Hunter also took home the Top Chef Award
. Despite the 1,5 hour drive out of Melbourne, this restaurant has been the talk of the town in most chef circles since it opened in 2013. A get away destination for any nature thirsty and food hungry gourmand.
But it wasn’t just chefs that got awarded and highlighted last night. There was a mutual buzz and recognition of how important the front of house team are and how good service is crucial for a great dining experience.
The award for Top Service Team
went to Sydney restaurant Sepia
, who also scored Number 3
on the top 100 list. Sepia co-owner Vicki Wild said that good service starts from the welcome at the door and was about “reading the guests”.
The People’s Choice Award
went to Akiba
, a modern, eclectic Japanese street food diner in Canberra.
was named Tasmania’s top restaurant; Adelaide’s Africola
topped the South Australian list, while Restaurant Amuse
was selected as Western Australia’s best. Gerard’s Bistro
in Brisbane won the Queensland category; Monster Kitchen and Bar
was voted the top restaurant in the ACT and Darwin’s Little Miss Korea
ranked highest of all Northern Territory venues.
View the full Top 100 Restaurant list here