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The AFR Australia’s Top 100 Restaurants Revealed

The Australian Financial Review has revealed the results of their fourth annual Australia’s Top Restaurant Awards, naming the top 100 dining institutions in the country, as voted by their peers.

For the awards, a panel of food critics and editors headed up by Terry Durack and Jill Dupleix create a 500-strong shortlist, which is then voted on by chefs across the nation. It also explains why this year,  Sydney’s cult status Golden Century placed at 38, ahead of Cumulus Inc and Biota Dining.

Terry Durack and Jill Dupleix Photo: Supplied

This year, Birregurra’s Brae was crowned number one and also scored Top Service Team,  a nice consolation prize after slipping off the World’s Top 50 Restaurant list to 58.

“I love that the top restaurant in Australia has more chooks than it has guests​” says Durack. “​The tight service team under the evangelical Simon Freeman is sourced as locally as the food, and the way the experience unfolds is like theatre in the round​.”

Small dishes at Brae Photo: Supplied

Tasmanian’s Agrarian Kitchen Eatery was the highest ranking newcomer, debuting at an impressive number 32 despite only being open for 12 months.

Sydney darling Josh Niland cemented his reputation as one of Australia’s most innovative chefs, crowned as Australia’s Top Chef by his peers for his forward-thinking and original work at seafood restaurant Saint Peter.

Australia’s Top 100 Restaurants

1  Brae, Birregurra, VIC

2  Ester, NSW

3  Saint Peter, NSW

4  Attica, VIC

5  Africola, SA

6  Momofuku Seiobo, NSW

7  Sixpenny, NSW

8  Embla, VIC

9  Sepia, NSW

10  Fleet, Brunswick Heads, NSW

11  Firedoor, NSW

12  Igni, Geelong, VIC

13  LuMi Bar & Dining, NSW

14  Franklin, TAS

15  Fred’s, NSW

16  Restaurant Hubert, NSW

17  Mr Wong, NSW

18  Flower Drum, VIC

19  Tipo 00, VIC

20  Anchovy, VIC

21  Bennelong, NSW

22  Fratelli Paradiso, NSW

23  Orana, SA

24  Quay, NSW

25  Automata, NSW

26  Billy Kwong, NSW

27  The Bridge Room, NSW

28  10 William St, NSW

29  Tetsuya’s, NSW

30  The Apollo, NSW

31  Cirrus Dining, NSW

32  Agrarian Kitchen Eatery, TAS

33  Supernormal, VIC

34  LP’s Quality Meats, NSW

35  Minamishima, VIC

36  Sean’s Panaroma, NSW

37  Cutler & Co, VIC

38  Golden Century, NSW

39  Cumulus Inc. VIC

40  Gerard’s Bistro, QLD

41  Hentley Farm, Seppeltsfield SA

42  Lee Ho Fook, VIC

43  Paper Bird, NSW

44  Ramblr, VIC

45  Templo, TAS

46  Biota Dining, Bowral, NSW

47  Gauge, QLD

48  The Summertown Aristologist, Summertown SA

49  Amaru, VIC

50  Bar Lourinhã, VIC

51  Wasabi Restaurant and Bar, Noosa Heads QLD

52  est. NSW

53  Icebergs Dining Room and Bar, NSW

54  Marion, VIC

55  Oakridge Restaurant, Coldstream VIC

56  Oscillate Wildly, NSW

57  Paper Daisy, Cabarita Beach NSW

58  Aubergine, ACT

59  Bentley Restaurant & Bar, NSW

60  Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, VIC

61  France-Soir, VIC

62  Kisume, VIC

63  Lulu La Delizia, WA

64  Magill Estate Restaurant, SA

65  Ezard, VIC

66  French Saloon, VIC

67  Ides, VIC

68  Osteria Oggi, SA

69  Pt. Leo Estate, Merricks VIC

70  Rockpool Bar & Grill, Sydney NSW

71  Stanbuli, NSW

72  Cafe Di Stasio, VIC

73  Chin Chin, NSW

74  Cho Cho San, NSW

75  Estelle by Scott Pickett, VIC

76  Fico, TAS

77  Fino at Seppeltsfield, Seppeltsfield SA

78  MoVida, Melbourne VIC

79  nel. NSW

80  Ormeggio at the Spit, NSW

81  Porteño, NSW

82  Botanic Gardens Restaurant, SA

83  Millbrook Winery Restaurant, Jarrahdale WA

84  Monster Kitchen and Bar, ACT

85  Peel St, SA

86  Pilu at Freshwater, NSW

87  The Pot by Emma McCaskill, SA

88  The Salopian Inn, McLaren Vale SA

89  Aloft, TAS

90  Chin Chin, Melbourne VIC

91  Provenance, Beechworth VIC

92  Shōbōsho, SA

93  Vue de Monde, VIC

94  Yarri Restaurant + Bar, Dunsborough WA

95  ARIA, Sydney NSW

96  Long Chim, Perth WA

97  Sokyo, NSW

98  Rick Shores, Burleigh Heads, QLD

99  Lûmé, VIC

100  FermentAsian, Tanunda SA

Published 02 July, 2018