Gourmet Traveller released their 2010 Australian Restaurant Guide this month. Controversially their top 10 featured only one Victorian restaurant (Vue de Monde) and excluded all states other than NSW until La Manse was given the nod at number 35 (SA’s top rating restaurant). The top three spots went to Sydney’s Quay, Marque and Tetsuya respectively. Absnythe was the highest rating Queensland restaurant, Restaurant Amuse took the gong for WA, Lebrina in Tassie. Unfortunately neither of the territories had a restaurant in Gourmet Traveller’s top 100.
Meanwhile on Monday the 1st the Age Good Food Guide announced their 2010 restaurant winners. Two restaurants were awarded the coveted three hats this year: Vue de Monde and Jacques Reymond (also restaurant of the year). Best new restaurant went to Matt McConnell’s Cutler and Co while the veiled quail dish at MoMo took out the gong for dish of the year.
Not to be left out The Weekend Australian took their bite of the cherry on the weekend of the 5th and 6th September. Their A-list was about attitude and identity, a bit of a critic’s choice.
In Victoria the list included favourites such as Attica, Cutler & Co, Royal Mail, Bar Lourinhã, Lake House and Movida. NSW favourites included nearly as many regional as inner-city restaurants, including Berowra Waters Inn, Bodega, Sean's Panaroma, Rock, Universal, Bécasse, Bells at Killcare, Lolli Redini, No. 2 Oak Street, Fins, Fish Face and Neila.
Queensland restaurants included Urbane, The Buffalo Club, and Noosa’s Berardo's and Wasabi. As for the rest of Australia; Ottoman got the nod in the ACT, Hanuman in Darwin, D’Arry’s Verandah in SA, Star Anise and Amusé in WA and The Source and Black Cow in Tassie.
Last but not least the SMH Good Food Guide results were announced in Sydney 7 September, Six restaurants shared top honours and were awarded three toques, however it was the absence of Claude's that was the talk of the evening. In total twenty hats were stripped from restaurants while only 14 new hats were awarded. L'etoile was a surprise inclusion after the mediocre review it received in the Good Living, while Neil Perry's Rockpool Bar & Grill jumped straight into two-hats, presumably a big relief for Perry and his 35 million dollar investment. For all the details see our story on the SMH Good Food Guide Awards.
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