Last night the biggest awards in Hospitality were held to recognise the best of the best in the industry. Held at the beautiful Plaza Ballroom on Collins Street, this Black Tie affair brought Melbourne’s most noted restaurateurs, chefs, baristas and the like together from around Victoria to celebrate another year of hard work. 

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Attica, Brae


Circa, Cutler & Co, Ezard, Flower Drum, Grossi Florentino Upstairs, Matteo’s, Minamishima, Moon Under Water, The Press Club, Rockpool Bar & Grill, Rosetta, Saint Crispin, Spice Temple, Vue de Monde, Woodland House, Gladioli, Lake House, Provenance, Royal Mail Hotel, Ten Minutes by Tractor


Bacash, Bistro Guillaume, Bistro Vue, Cafe Di Stasio, Cecconi’s Flinders Lane, Centonove, Coda, Cumulus Inc., Da Noi, Dandelion, Donovans, Easy Tiger Smith St, Epocha, European, The Grand, Huxtable, Il Bacaro, Kappo, Kenzan, Longrain, Lume, Maha, Merricote, Mister Jennings, MoVida, MoVida Aqui, No. 8 by John Lawson, O.My, Pei Modern, The Point Albert Park, Pure South, The Roving Marrow, Sarti, Stokehouse City, Supernormal, Tipo 00, Tonka, The Town Mouse, Union Dining, A La Grecque, Broadgauge, Catfish, Chris’s Beacon Point, Eleonore’s, The Good Table, Kazuki’s, Masons of Bendigo, Montalto, Paringa Estate, Port Phillip Estate, Public Inn, Simones Restaurant, Source Dining, The Stag, Stefano’s, Tani Eat & Drink, Terminus at Flinders Hotel, Terrace Restaurant, Tulip

Vittoria Coffee Restaurant of the Year – Minamishima, Richmond

Opening it’s doors in January, Minamishima has brought Japanese dining to a new level. With excellent sushi, outstanding service and a creative word of mouth system to get bums on seats, this restaurant has been awarded with not only two hats in less than a year of being open, but has also won Restaurant of the Year & Service Excellence Awards.

Best New Restaurant – Tipo 00, Melbourne

New to the Melbourne scene, this modern fit out Italian restaurant ticks all the boxes. The restaurant goes by a minimalist vibe, showcasing their amazing pastas, flawless service and right in the heart of the CBD.

Citi Chef of the Year – Dan Hunter, Brae

In order to be crowned the Chef of the Year award, the chef must set new standards, create innovative new flavour combinations and add a bit of something ‘extra’ to the Australian dining scene and Brae’s Chef Dan Hunter does just that. Living in regional Victoria, Hunter uses much of what is around him to create impeccable dishes, capturing Victoria’s produce at its best. 

Other awards throughout the night consisted of:

Santa Vittoria Regional Restaurant of the Year – Brae, Birregurra

Young Chef of the Year – George Tomlin, The Town Mouse

Food for Good Award – ASRC Catering

Citi Service Excellence – Randolph Cheung, Minamishima

Vittoria Coffee Legend – Gail and Kevin Donovan, Donovans

Best Bar – Romeo Lane, Melbourne

Don Levy Fitzpatrick Award- Bar Clarine, Fitzroy

Champagne Pol Roger Sommelier of the Year – Meira Harel, Lake House

Wine List of the Year- Woodland House, Prahran

Regional Wine List of the Year – Ten Minutes by Tractor, Main Ridge

Best Cheap Eat – Delhi Streets, Melbourne

People’s Choice Award – Red Spice Road, Melbourne

The Age Good Food Guide 2016 will be available for $10 with The Saturday Age on Saturday, September 26 from participating newsagents and supermarkets while stocks last. It can also be purchased in selected bookshops and online at for $24.99. #goodfoodguide

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