Australia's best restaurants named
Sydney restaurant Quay is an "essential Australian dining experience" for anyone visiting the country, according to Australian Gourmet Traveller magazine.
In its (slightly premature) 2013 GT Restaurant Awards, the publication voted Quay as Restaurant of the Year.
Chef Peter Gilmore sources rare ingredients from all over the country to serve at Quay's immaculate tables with stunning harbor views. A meal at Quay is a taste of the best of Australia, claims the magazine.
The restaurant was also the only Australian outfit to make it onto the most recent list of World's Top 50 Restaurants by S.Pellegrino.
Melbourne restaurant Attica also fared well in the GT awards, winning both Chef of Year for New Zealander Ben Shewry and Sommelier of the Year for Banjo Harris Plane, who must surely have the most awesome name in the food business.
Also in the southern city, new small-bar The Everleigh took out Bar of the Year.
Read our interview with the man behind the bar, Michael Madrusan, at Michael Madrusan to bring famed bar Milk & Honey to Melbourne.
The 2013 GT Restaurant Awards:
Restaurant of the Year: Quay, Sydney
Chef of the Year: Ben Shewry, Attica, Melbourne
Outstanding Contribution to Hospitality: Janni Kyritsis, chef
New Restaurant of the Year: Momofuku Seiobo, Sydney
Regional Restaurant of the Year: Loam, Drysdale, Victoria
Best New Talent: Alejandro Cancino, Urbane, Brisbane
Maitre d' of the Year: Ainslie Lubbock, Pei Modern, Melbourne
Sommelier of the Year: Banjo Harris Plane, Attica, Melbourne
Wine List of the Year: Carlton Wine Room, Melbourne
Bar of the Year: The Everleigh, Melbourne
Quay, Overseas Passenger Terminal, The Rocks, Sydney; +61 (0)2 9251 5600; lunch Tuesday-Friday, noon-3 p.m.; Dinner daily, 6 p.m.-10 p.m.
Attica, 74 Glen Eira Road, Ripponlea, Melbourne; +61 (0)3 9530 0111; open Tuesday-Saturday, 6.30 p.m. till late.