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Monday, August 27, 2007

The Age Good Food Guide 2008

The Age Good Food Guide 2008 is released tomorrow and I'm sure there's going to be some head scratching going on:

"Vittoria" Restaurant of the Year:
Rockpool Bar and Grill

Best New Restaurant of the Year:
The Press Club

Chef of the Year:
George Calombaris (The Press Club)

Young Chef of the Year:
Adam D'Sylva (Pearl)

Wine List of the Year
Circa, The Prince

Best Short Wine List
Bar Lourinha

Outstanding Achievement Award:
Jacques Reymond (Jacques Reymond Restaurant)

Professional Excellence Award:
Ronnie Di Stasio (Café Di Stasio)

Service Excellence Award:
Ari Vlassopoulous (Pearl)

Awarded 3 hats:
Jacques Reymond

Awarded 2 hats:

First Timers:
Rockpool Bar and Grill
The Press Club

Attica, Becco, Botanical, Cafe Di Stasio, Circa the Prince, Donovans, Ezard, Flower Drum, Grossi Florentino, Interlude, Lake House, Matteo's, Pearl, Range, Simone's Restaurant, Stefano's, Stokehouse, Taxi Dining Room, Three One Two and Vue de Monde

Awarded 1 hat:

First Timers:
The Argo
Delizia Cucina
Dining Room at the Flinders
Mirka @ Tolarno Hotel
Outpost Retreat
Royal George Hotel
Tempura Hajime
Wardens Food and Wine

Abia's, Annie Smithers Bistrot, Bacash, Bella Vedere, The Brasserie by Philippe Mouchel, Cecconi's Cantina, Cicciolina, Comme Kitchen, The Court House, Da Noi, David's, Farmers Arms Hotel, Fenix, France-Soir, The Graham, The Grand, Healesville Hotel, Hotel Lincoln, Idea Fine Food & Wine, II Bacaro, Kenzan, Koots, Ladro, Longrain, L'Oustal, Maisonette, Maris, Melbourne Wine Room, Merrijig Inn, Middle Brighton Baths, Montalto, MoVida, Ocha, Oyster Little Bourke, Pettavel Windery and Restaurant, Punch Lane, Red Emperor, Shiranui, Shoya, Teller, Verge and Yu-u

1 comment:

  1. Firstly congratulations to "The Press Club" and George Calombaris, a well deserving Chef of the Year.

    I'm certainly scratching my head over some of the other ""awards"", I'm looking forward to the explanations over how the Restaurant of the year didn't get be the best new restaurant of the year.

    Also, why didn't the only 3 hat restaurant get ROTY? Does this imply that the ROTY isn't the best restaurant?

    As for the 2 hat and 1 hat listings, well we can see that the usual suspects are still liked and disliked by the reviewers. I think it's probably time for the reviewers to lose the anonymity, or at least declare their interests. Lets face it restaurateur's generally know who they are anyway.


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