Overwhelmed by endless lists, well so am I. List making seems to be the new genre for the food writing cult, but oh boy does it make for tedious, boring reading. My twitter is bombarded daily by little birds wanting to share their numerical view the world. Jammed packed, the best 10 or 100 of everything from vegan pies (yuk) to restaurants with the best views in the world (yes please). Guess I need to start deleting my favourite list makers, just a minute I might miss something really good in the haystack. Here is the latest from Aussie.

A broad multicultural country with enormous diversity, awards are divided into national,  state and various craft  groups.


Australian financial review and Fairfax media top 100 restaurants 2016

Votes are cast by the top 500 list determined by Fairfax media, each chef/ restauranteur is able to cast 10 votes for their top 10 restaurants. The 2015 winners announced 18 May 2015 are:

1. Attica VIC

2. Brae VIC

3. Sepia NSW

4. Quay NSW

5. Ester NSW

6. Sixpenny NSW

7. Benelong NSW

8. Rockpool NSW

9. Automata NSW

10. Franklin TAS

For full list go to Top 100 Restaurants 2016

Australian Gourmet traveller


Recently announced the   Gourmet Traveller awards 2015 winners from the Guardian.

Restaurant of the year: Rockpool, Sydney, NSW

Chef of the year: Dan Hunter, Brae, Birregurra

Outstanding contribution to hospitality: Joost Bakker, sustainability activist

New restaurant of the year: Bennelong, Sydney, NSW

Wine list of the year: Billy Kwong, Sydney

Sommelier of the year: Raffaele Mastrovincenzo, Kappo, Sydney

Maitre d’ of the year: Vanessa Crichton, Rosetta, Melbourne

Best new talent: Lennox Hastie, Firedoor, Sydney

Regional restaurant of the year: Three Blue Ducks, Byron Bay, NSW

Bar of the year: The Gresham, Brisbane

Three star winners

The Bridge Room, Sydney

Sepia, Sydney

Vue de Monde, Melbourne

Momofuku Seiobo, Sydney

Quay, Sydney

Brae, Birregurra

Attica, Melbourne

Rockpool, Sydney

The 2015 winners published 20 August 2014, compiled using their star ratings, moderated by state and national editors.

1. Attica, Vic *

2. Rockpool, NSW

3. Momofuku Seiobo, NSW

4. Quay, NSW *

5. Brae, Vic *

6. Sepia, NSW *

7. Cutler & Co, Vic *

8. Marque, NSW

9. Vue de Monde, Vic

10. Penfolds Magill Estate, SA

For the full list got to  2015 GT Restaurant Guide: The Top 100

Noma Japan, February 2015, where every morsel was savoured and umami from each dish, lingered so intensely that to take a bite of the next offering was almost sacrilege.  You knew you would have to say goodbye to a new best friend to make way for the next. Exploring the street food and food halls of Tokyo, provided the matrix to begin to understand what Rene Redezpi’s genius set out to achieve. At the end, I asked “What did you think about the food?'  “incredible”  Massimo Bottura, Osteria Francescana, Modena, Italy