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by Brittany Wheeler
Avid gourmands will know that the inaugural Good Food Guide Awards took place in Brisbane in September. Here Australia’s restaurant elite were crowned, or rather hatted, based on a grading score that takes into account factors such as flavour, technique, presentation, service and atmosphere. From this, we’ve rounded up our pick of restaurants that are must-adds to your dining hit-list, and are all conveniently available on to purchase on RedBalloon. Bon appetit!
Overlooking the beautiful Freshwater Beach, two-hatted Pilu is inspired by the extraordinary flavours of Sardinia. Delight your taste buds with a five course degustation menu that pays homage to restaurant owner Giovanni Pilu’s Italian heritage.
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Awarded two chef’s hats and situated inside the iconic Opera House, Bennelong is a one-of-a-kind fine dining establishment that should be on everyone’s bucket list. Embark on a behind the scenes tour of the prized cultural monument before taking a seat in the restaurant for a two course dinner with paired wines.
Earning two chef’s hats, Otto Ristorante is one of Brisbane’s top dining institutions. Indulge in six courses of fine Australian seafood paired with sparkling views of the Brisbane River and Story Bridge.
Located in Coldstream, in the world-famous Yarra Valley wine region, Ezard is the result of a gastronomic partnership between renowned chef Teage Ezard and the winery. In true VIP style, you will depart Melbourne in a private helicopter, touching down to savour a three course lunch that includes two glasses of wine per person.
Perched on the water’s edge in Rose Bay is Catalina, one of Sydney’s most acclaimed waterfront restaurants. You will soon find out why the 23-year-old restaurant is not a new comer to the chef hat scene. Indulge in top-notch seafood, sweeping harbour views and world-class service over a three course lunch or dinner.
Nestled among the vines of the McLaren Vale wine region is the high-end D’Arenberg Cube Restaurant. Awarded one hat, the restaurant proudly showcases a seasonally changing degustation menu. Your visit will include a private tour of the museum and original cellars and finishes with a private tasting and 11 course degustation.
Overlooking the picturesque Whale Beach, one-hatted Jonah’s encapsulates the essence of Sydney’s Northern Beaches. Fly to this top-tier restaurant by seaplane to indulge in a three course lunch showcasing innovative Australian cuisine.
Another reason to book a trip to the Margaret River, one-hatted Vasse Felix celebrates local prividores and updates their menu daily as new ingredients become available. You will enjoy the full experience with a guided vineyard and museum tour, private tasting and three course lunch with matching wines.
This modern Australian restaurant spearheaded by celebrity chef Luke Mangan scored itself one chef’s hat. Located in the glamorous Hilton Hotel, take your seat at the exclusive chef’s table for a three course menu that is completely customised to suit your tastes.
Housed inside luxury boutique hotel Halcyon House, Paper Daisy, with its gorgeous beachside location, Hamptons-style interiors and sophisticated yet simplistic menu has taken out one chef’s hat. Be taken on a progressive lunch around the Tweed visiting a selection of award-winning restaurants including the respected Paper Daisy.
Located on the beautiful banks of the Hawkesbury River is this hidden gem. Earning one coveted chef’s hat to its name, you will arrive at the restaurant by seaplane. Relish a three course a la carte lunch before flying back over the famous Sydney Harbour.
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