The Melbourne Awards kicked it off last week, this time it was Sydney’s turn. Its been a bit of a tumultuous year in Sydney dining, with a few notable closures such as Universal, Ortolan, Assiette, Mezzaluna, and Claude’s announcing it would call it a day. But its also been a big year for openings, with the last twelve months having bought us Mr Wong’s, Movida, Gowings, Mejico, and many others. I’m sure last night would have beeen a combination of cheers and tears.
Those who disappeared from the hat list – Otto (well overdue in my view), Chiswick (beautiful surrounds but nothing that special about the food), A Tavola (that’s a shame, but seems to have been substituted with Popolo), Black By Ezard (more hype than substance), and 4Fourteen. Shock went through the crowd apparently when Marque lost a hat – frankly I’m surprised it still has two – and Est, which has been a long time ‘special occasion’ favourite of mine.
On my overrated list – Quay (and all my friends agree, we must all be missing something), Icebergs (amazing view, ordinary food), and Rockbool Bar and Grill (service has been consistently bad and slow my last few visits). I also find Aria very stuffy. But as I said last week, its food, its personal, and we will never all agree.
And the winners are…..
Marque (down a hat), Est (down a hat), Four in Hand, Buon Ricordo, Aria, Icebergs, Rockpool Bar & Grill, Mr Wong, The Bridge Room, Tetsuyas, Claude’s, Lucio’s (up a hat), Ormeggio at The Spit, Movida, Longrain, Spice Temple, Gastro Park, Pilu at Freshwater
Porteno (down a hat), Clareville Kiosk, Sean’s Panorama, Balla, Catalina, Popolo, Monopole (new), China Doll, Berowra Waters Inn, Pendolino, Gowings, Bodega, Flying Fish, Ananas (new), Sixpenny, Billy Kwong, Three Blue Ducks, Sake, The Devonshire, Oscillate Wildly, Aki’s Indian, Sokyo, Boathouse on Blackwattle, Xanthi, Bistro Moncur, The Apollo, Hartsyard, Buzo, Kepos Street Kitchen, Foveaux Restaurant and Bar, Bathers Pavillion, Berowra Waters Inn, Billy Kwong, Bistrode CBD, Cafe Sopra, Glass Brasserie, Jonah’s Restaurant, Ms G’s, Tomislav, Uccello, Ume
Biota Dining, No 2 Oak Street, Subo
Lolli Redini, Restaurant Mason, Fins, Muse Kitchen, Restaurant Como, Eschalot, Racine, Muse Restaurant, Wharf Rd, Zanzibar Café, Caveau, The Stunned Mullet, Neila, Tyler’s Pantry, Bistro Moline, Manfredi at Bell’s, Darleys, The River Moruya, Flooded Gums, Town