Quay recognised as Australia’s top restaurant

Posted by Daniel Palmer on 19th August 2008

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Sydney harbourside restaurant Quay has taken out the top prize at the 2009 Australian Gourmet Traveller awards held in Sydney last night.

Led by Executive Chef Peter Gilmore, Quay has climbed into the top echelon of Australian restaurants over the past decade and has been awarded with three hats in the Sydney Morning Herald’s Good Food Guide for the past six years.

The Best New Restaurant award went to Melbourne’s Bistro Guillaume, which opened at Crown earlier this year. Run by leading Sydney chef Guillaume Brahimi, the French restaurant has begun to capture the attention of Melburnians and tourists alike. The Royal Mail Hotel in Dunkeld, Victoria was recognised as the Regional Restaurant of the Year, with the Bar of the Year prize going to The Bowery in Brisbane.

The Gourmet Traveller’s three-star rating was awarded to nine Sydney restaurants this year with the only restaurant outside Sydney to receive the honour being Melbourne’s Vue De Monde.

The late Donlevy Fitzpatrick took the honour of Outstanding Contribution to the Industry for his innovative thinking which lead to the changing of liquor licensing in Victoria to allow drinking without a meal so long as food was available. This provided the impetus for the development of Melbourne’s eclectic and exciting bar/café culture. A leading restaurateur and property developer, he has also been attributed with making the suburb of St Kilda what it is today.

Other awards included:

Maitres d’ of the Year: Liz Carey & Paul Guiney, Universal in Sydney

Best New Talent: Elvis Abrahanowicz and Ben Milgate, Bodega, Sydney

Sommelier of the Year: James Erskine, Auge, Adelaide

Wine List of the Year: Balthazar, Perth