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We have a new winner in this year’s Good Food Guide 2016. The Bridge Room by Ross Lusted took the prize as well as upgrading their status to a three-hat restaurant!

Other Awards in this year’s Good Food Guide 2016

Best new restaurant of the year is Bennelong. The new restaurant by Peter Gilmore.

Pasi Petanen from Cafe Paci has won the Chef of The Year award. Cafe Paci was upgraded to a two-hat restaurant this year.

Fleet in Brunswick Heads was awarded the Regional Restaurant of the Year in 2016. Its head chef is Josh Lewis.

Janni Kyritsis received the Legend Award. I had the pleasure of dining with Janni on the opening of Chef’s Gallery Macquarie. He is truly inspirational!

Young Chef of the year award was given to Lauren Eldridge from Marque.

Cam Fairbairn (ACME) won the Service Excellence Award.

Food for Good award was given to Rob Caslick from Inside Out Organic Soup Kitchen and Cooking School. This award combined innovation, charity and sustainability.

If you want a good wine, you should go to Bentley Restaurant & Bar as they won this year’s Wine List of the year.

Sommelier of the year went to Sebastian Crowther MS from Rockpool.

Best Bar Food can be found in Rockpool Bar & Grill.

Best Bar is Monopole.

Best cheap eat is Chaco bar.

People’s choice went to Catalina.


List of restaurants with hats in Good Food Guide 2016

Three hats

There are four restaurants awarded with three hats as listed in the Good Food Guide 2016 website:

  • The Bridge Room – They gained one hat AND captured the top prize in 2016! Kudos to Chef Ross Lusted!
  • Rockpool – The group has several restaurants including two two-hat restaurants, Rockpool Bar and grill and Spice Temple.
  • Quay – 2003, 2005, 2009, 2010 and 2013 restaurant of the year. Quay is still one of the household names in Sydney’s fine dining… Although, it remained to be seen how Peter Gilmore operate two of the finest restaurants in Circular Quay!
  • Sepia – Winner of 2015, 2014 and 2012 Restaurant of the year award.

As listed from the website, the rest of the hats are as follows:

Two hats

ARIA, Bennelong, Bentley Restaurant & Bar, Berowra Waters Inn, Cafe Paci, Cottage Point Inn, est., Ester, The Four in Hand Dining Room, Guillaume, Icebergs Dining Room & Bar, Lucio’s Italian Restaurant, LuMi Bar & Dining, Marque, Momofuku SeioboMr. Wong, Ormeggio at The Spit, Oscillate Wildly, Pilu at Freshwater, Porteño, Rockpool Bar & Grill, sixpenny, Spice Temple, Tetsuya’s.

One hat

10 William St, ACME, Ajo Italian Restaurant, The Apollo, The Bathers’ Pavilion, Billy Kwong, Bistro Moncur, Bistrode CBD, The Boathouse on Blackwattle Bay, Bodega, Buon Ricordo, Catalina, China Doll, Cho Cho San, Felix, Firedoor, Fratelli Paradiso, Gastro Park, glass brasserie, Izakaya Fujiyama, Jonah’s Restaurant, Kepos Street Kitchen, Longrain, LP’s Quality Meats, Monopole, Moon Park, MoVida, Ms.G’s, Nomad, Osteria Balla, Osteria di  Russo & Russo, Otto Ristorante, The Restaurant Pendolino, Sagra, Sake Double Bay, Sean’s, Sokyo, sushi e, Three Blue Ducks, Uccello, Ume Restaurant, Vini, Yellow.

The following restaurants lost their hat status

Black by Ezard, Cafe Sopra, The Devonshire, Flying Fish, Lox Stock and Barrel, Vincent, Sake (The Rocks), 4Fourteen, Aki’s Indian Restaurant, Alpha, Bar H Dining, Farmhouse, Clareville Kiosk and Hartsyard.

The following restaurants closed permanently

Arras, Fish Face

Note: Green is a new entry to the list. Blue is the one who lost a hat


SMH Good Food Guide 2016

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