Another year, another Time Out Food Awards for Sydney and this year Swillhouse came out on top with three major gongs to their name, including Restaurant of the Year.
Time Out Sydney’s food editor Frey Herring says this year has seen an upswing in venues that sit somewhere between bars and restaurants – with drinks that are as good as the food; a major trend for everything natural – from the wine list to the sauerkraut; and a massive growth is delicious and healthy food offerings.
The bar group’s much talked about and much awarded restaurant and bar Hubert took out Best Casual Dining Restaurant before picking up the biggest award of the night: Restaurant of the Year.
Accordingly, this year Time Out Sydney created some new award categories in response to trends in the dining world, including a commendation for Drinks Service, which was all about those venues that are seriously excelling on the beverage front. Fittingly it was taken out by Continental Deli, whose canned cocktails – try a Mar-tinny or a Can-hatten while you perch at the bar – and solid wine list made them the pick of a solid list of nominees.
And there were also three new People’s Choice awards, sponsored by Mastercard, including Best Late-Night Snack Vendor. That was again taken out by Swillhouse with the good folk of Sydney deciding that Frankie’s Pizza By The Slice was their favourite drinking food.
Here are all the winners:
Restaurant of the Year: Hubert
Chef of the Year: Clayton Wells of Automata
Hot Talent: Troy Crisante of Bennelong
Best Cheap Eat: Trunk Road
Best Casual Dining Restaurant: Hubert
Best Fine Dining Restaurant: Momofuku Seiobo
Best Sweet Treat: Black Star Pastry
Best Café: Ora
People’s Choice Best Restaurant: Nel
People’s Choice Best Takeaway Lunch: About Life
People’s Choice Best Takeaway Coffee: Single O
People’s Choice Best Late-night Snack Vendor: Frankie’s Pizza by the Slice
Drinks Service: Continental Deli Bar Bistro
Time Out Legend: Brent Savage and sommelier Nick Hildebrandt of Yellow, Bentley and Monopole
For all the nominees check out the Time Out Sydney website.