The top 100 restaurants named
THE annual Delicious Magazine top 100 restaurants in three states has been unveiled, with a beachside sensation on the Gold Coast, a fine dining restaurant in the backblocks of Geelong and a rookie in Sydney topping the list.
The delicious 100 not only celebrates the best premium experiences, but those that offer bang for your buck and are perfect for less formal occasions. Quite simply, it's about what's delicious.
And it looked further afield than capital cities to find it.
Rookie Sydney restaurant Fred's capped a great year by adding No 1 spot in the Delicious Magazine's Top 100 to a swag of food awards.
The 60-seat Paddington restaurant combined its home kitchen feel with knockout modern Australian offerings to take the title.
Ester's, a few Sydney suburbs away in Chippendale, earned the number 2 listing with judges saying its fermented potato bread was just the beginning of a list of must-have dishes.
Far from the madding crowd, Brunswick Heads restaurant Fleet rounded out the Top 3.
The tiny Far North Coast gem seats just 14 people inside, and is a modern Australian cuisine marvel.
Go here for the NSW top 100.
Burleigh Heads restaurant Rick Shores knocked off some of the Queensland's biggest restaurants to be crowned No. 1 in the Sunshine state.
The pan-Asian restaurant, which sits on the beach at Burleigh Heads, matches breathtaking views along the coastline, with dishes worth rushing back for and cracking cocktails.
Brisbane modern Australian restaurant Urbane, with its 50 per cent vegan menu, was No 2 in Queensland.
Another Brisbane offering, degustation-only diner Esquire, won third spot.
Go here for the full Qld list
In Victoria, Geelong fine diner, Igni, was awarded the No. 1 spot, thanks to a head chef who loves to play with fire.
Chef and owner Aaron Turner's fire-fuelled, multi-course menus meant a win for regional Victoria.
Dan Hunter's Brae in Birregurra took out the list's second spot, making it a one-two win for regional Victoria.
Ben Shewry's Attica, at Ripponlea, rounded out the top three, and also tool the gong for best service.
Modern Vietnamese/Australian restaurant Anchovy in Richmond won the award for best value.
Go here for the full list.