Surprises were in store when it was revealed that this year’s ultimate accolade from the Good Food Guide, the Three Hats award, was reserved for just two restaurants: Attica, the internationally renowned restaurant in Ripponlea from and restaurant Brae.
In fact it was probably Dan Hunter who became the overall biggest success of this years awards, claiming the most individual prizes for his highly acclaimed restaurant Brae. As well as his Three Hats, he also earned the Santa Vittoria Regional Restaurant of the Year award, as well as being named Citi Chef of the Year.
Unfortunately, some disappointing surprises were also announced with the news that both the Flower Drum and Vue de Monde restaurants in Melbourne lost a Hat, bringing them both down to just two Hats for 2016.
A full list of hat winners can be found below…
City and Suburb winners of this year’s Hats
Circa, Cutler & Co, Ezard, Flower Drum, Grossi Florentino Upstairs, Matteo’s, Minamishima, Moon Under Water, The Press Club, Rockpool Bar & Grill, Rosetta, Saint Crispin, Spice Temple, Vue de Monde, Woodland House
Bacash, Bistro Guillaume, Bistro Vue, Cafe Di Stasio, Cecconi’s Flinders Lane, Centonove, Coda, Cumulus Inc., Da Noi, Dandelion, Donovans, Easy Tiger Smith St, Epocha, European, The Grand, Huxtable, Il Bacaro, Kappo, Kenzan, Longrain, Lume, Maha, Merricote, Mister Jennings, MoVida, MoVida Aqui, No. 8 by John Lawson, O.My, Pei Modern, The Point Albert Park, Pure South, The Roving Marrow, Sarti, Stokehouse City, Supernormal, Tipo 00, Tonka, The Town Mouse, Union Dining
Regional winners of this year’s Hats
Gladioli, Lake House, Provenance, Royal Mail Hotel, Ten Minutes by Tractor
A La Grecque, Broadgauge, Catfish, Chris’s Beacon Point, Eleonore’s, The Good Table, Kazuki’s, Masons of Bendigo, Montalto, Paringa Estate, Port Phillip Estate, Public Inn, Simones Restaurant, Source Dining, The Stag, Stefano’s, Tani Eat & Drink, Terminus at Flinders Hotel, Terrace Restaurant, Tulip
Other prestigious awards that might not have included Hats, but exemplify world-class dining, current popular choices for the mood of the city and both established and rising star chefs included;
Vittoria Coffee Restaurant of the Year | Minamishima, Richmond
Best New Restaurant | Tipo 00, Melbourne
Citi Chef of the Year |
Santa Vittoria Regional Restaurant of the Year | Brae, Birregurra
Young Chef of the Year | George Tomlin, The Town Mouse
Citi Service Excellence | Randolph Cheung, Minamishima