Quay receives acclaim as Sydney’s best restaurant

Posted by Daniel Palmer on 3rd September 2008

Quay has completed a stunning few weeks with the award for Best Restaurant in the Sydney Morning Herald’s 2009 Good Food Guide awards. The recognition comes after receiving the prize for Best Australian Restaurant in the Gourmet Traveller awards a few weeks ago – marking the first time that a restaurant has won both awards in the one year.

The Good Food Guide’s co-author Simon Thomsen reported that Quay was recognised due to the memorable experience that it offered consumers. “[Quay chef] Peter Gilmore has a very exciting restaurant,” he told the Sydney Morning Herald. “It’s really fun with spectacular food, fascinating ingredients and a stunning location.”

The harbourside restaurant, which grows their own herbs and vegetables in the Blue Mountains, is now a three time winner of the coveted honour, with previous wins in 2003 and 2005.

Justin North received acclaim as Chef of the Year, with his restaurant Becasse also claiming the runner-up prize in the Restaurant of the Year category. Other winners included James Perry of Oscillate Wildly for Young Chef of the Year, and ARIA restaurant for Wine List of the Year as well as being the other runner-up in the Best Restaurant category. Berowra Waters Inn took out the Best New Restaurant award.

Award Winners:

The Vittoria Legend Award: Maurice Terzini, Icebergs Dining Room and Bar
Silver Service Award: Lucio Galletto, Lucio’s
Sommeliers of the Year: Stuart Halliday and Jerry Jones, Tetsuya’s
Wine List of the Year: Aria
Regional Wine List of the Year: Rubicon (Canberra)
The Josephine Pignolet Best Young Chef: James Parry, Oscillate Wildly
Best Regional Restaurant: Rock
The Sydney Morning Herald Award for Professional Excellence: Rob Hirst and the late Judy Hirst, Fine Wine Partners
All-Clad Chef of the Year: Justin North, Becasse
Best New Restaurant: Berowra Waters Inn
Vittoria Coffee Restaurant of the Year: Quay
Three hats: Quay, est., Claude’s, Bilson’s, Marque, Pier, Tetsuya’s