Canberra venues take out spots in AFR Top 100

HerCanberra Team

The Australian Financial Review Australia’s Top Restaurants revealed the 2017 Top 100 last night at a Gala Awards ceremony held at The Star, Sydney.

Dan Hunter’s acclaimed Brae took the coveted number one position, followed by Attica, Ester, Sixpenny, Sepia, Franklin, Tipo 00, Embla, Automata and Hubert, in that order.

From the ACT, Aubergine was the top scorer, placed at #89 and right behind it was Hotel Hotel’s Monster Kitchen and Bar at #90.

While it’s disappointing that more Canberran establishments didn’t make the list, it’s fantastic to see Aubergine and Monster rightly celebrated.

Monster. Photo by Javier Steel

Monster. Photo by Javier Steel

Now in its third year, The Australian Financial Review Australia’s Top Restaurants is the only national restaurant awards program of its kind decided by the votes of the chefs and restaurateurs themselves.

For foodies, the list also offers fantastic inspiration for planning future trips interstate.

“The new top 100 shows that diversity is the great strength of Australian dining. It makes dining out so much more interesting when every experience is different rather than the same,” said Terry Durack, restaurant critic and Co-Director of the awards.

The 2017 list also sees more wind beneath the wings of regional restaurants across the board, with a total of fourteen restaurants in the top 100 located outside capital cities. Notable among them is the tiny 14-seater Fleet in Brunswick Heads, just north of Byron Bay, where Josh Lewis, Astrid McCormack and Rob Mudge make up Australia’s smallest restaurant service team (and that includes the chef). Nevertheless, Fleet was voted the ‘Qantas Top Service Team’ by the chefs and restaurateurs of Australia. “I think it’s everyone’s dream, to run a restaurant like Fleet” says Dupleix.

Notable restaurants new to the top 100 list include Sydney’s new retro-European darling, the Swillhouse Group’s Restaurant Hubert (at number 10), Josh Nyland’s tiny Saint Peter in Paddington (11), Danielle Alvarez’s wood-fired, farm-to-table Fred’s, also in Paddington (23), the informal, egalitarian Bar Liberty in Melbourne’s Fitzroy (49), former Attica chef Peter Gunn’s Ides in Melbourne (59), and Jedd Gerrard’s glamorous Perth big-night-outer, Wildflower (60).





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