Good Food Guide Awards 2020 Australia has been released listing the best restaurants across the country. Known as the Home of the Hats, the Good Food Guide (the 'Guide') rates various establishments with a ranking system consisting of one, two or three hats. While Michelin has not yet reached the Aussie shores, it remains the ultimate guide to the restaurant industry Downunder.
Restaurant of the Year went to Brae, in the town of Birregurra, Victoria, some 130km south-west of Melbourne. Run by chef-owner Dan Hunter, alumni of two-Michelin star Mugaritz, Spain, Brae was also at number 44 in The World’s 50 Best Restaurants in 2017. Hunter’s restaurant sits on a 30-acre plot of land, largely given over to the restaurant's garden.
The Guide’s editor Myffy Rigby said that "Brae is the finest example of its kind in the country, delivering a closed-loop dining experience with all the bells and whistles we've come to expect from a three-hat restaurant. Truly best in class."
Take a look at some of the dishes at Brae here.
Other restaurants that secured three hats - the Guide’s highest ranking - included Chef Peter Gilmore’s iconic Sydney restaurant Quay, Sixpenny of head chef Daniel Puskas in inner Sydney, and Jock Zonfrillo’s Orana in South Australia (last year's Restaurant of the Year). From Victoria, restaurants Attica by chef Ben Shewry (also 2017’s Restaurant of the Year) and Japanese restaurant Minamishima in Richmond took the highly sought-after three hats.
Check out the dishes from Quay here.
The Good Food Guide's Top Restaurants in Australia
See the full list of One and Two Hat restaurants here.
Vittoria Coffee Restaurant of the Year
BRAE, Birregurra, Victoria
New Restaurant of the Year
JOY, Brisbane, Queensland
Santa Vittoria Regional Restaurant of the Year
PIPIT, Pottsville, New South Wales
Citi Chef of the Year
LENNOX HASTIE Firedoor, Sydney, NSW
Vittoria Coffee Legend Award
MAGGIE BEER South Australia
Josephine Pignolet Young Chef of the Year
ANNA UGARTE-CARRAL Momofuku Seiobo, Sydney, New South Wales
Citi Service Excellence
JOANNA SMITH Igni, Geelong, Victoria
Food For Good Award
NATIONAL INDIGENOUS CULINARY INSTITUTE, NSW and Victoria
Bar of the Year
BAR MARGAUX Melbourne, Victoria
Sommelier of the Year
FORBES APPLEBY Franklin, Hobart, Tasmania
Wine List of the Year
YELLOW Sydney, NSW
Regional Wine List of the Year
FERMENTASIAN Tanunda, South Australia