The Delicious 100, one of the most favourite lists for foodies Down Under is out, naming 100 restaurants dishing up the most titillating dishes in Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland and South Australia.
What makes this list different is that the final results – which get officially published on 2 December, are the People’s Choice awards as the readers get to rank eateries themselves. We did get to have a peek through what culinary art experts have placed at the top of each state, however, and some Greeks have risen up to the challenge.
In Sydney it is Saint Peter that has won readers’ unquestionable preference for the second year in a row with power couple Josh and Julie Niland dishing up unique seafood and fish delicacies like none other.
David Chang’s Momofuku Seiobo at The Star has been gaining ground since last year thanks to new head chef Paul Carmichael’s take on the menu while all time favourite Ester in Chippendale holds firmly onto the third place.
It is in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley that newcomer, Greek restaurant Hellenika at Calile Hotel has been unanimously named number one, stealing the thunder from many long-standing opponents. Its Hellenic traditional and modern dishes, heroing locally sourced ingredients of the best quality, have gotten the highest of ratings – not to mention its impressive wine list featuring 500 Greek liquid gems. Hellenika, overlooking the hotel pool has the capacity to seat 150 guests combining great views with top notch service.
Rick Shores, came second offering delicious pan-Asian dishes with a view into the ocean from Burleigh Heads.
Nu Nu at North Queensland’s Palm Cove religiously focusing on local ingredients came third.
Pt Leo Estate on the Mornington Peninsula managed to become the state’s favourite according to customers, with only one year under its belt.
Chef Aaron Turner’s Igni in Geelong, has dropped one place but keeps delivering the best quinella from number two.
Amaru, which was last year’s People’s Choice winner came third but was voted at the top when it comes to the best vegetarian options.
With South Australia entering the Delicious 100 race for the very first time, it was the Salopian Inn, a favourite for many years that was voted first thanks to owner and chef Karena Armstrong’s dedication to organically produce her ingredients in her own backyard patch, turning them into visual and extremely palatable works of culinary art.
On number two proudly sits d’Arenberg Cube as the brain child of another power couple, Brendan Wessels and Lindsay Durr.
Third but with a long tradition in Italian cuisine came Osteria Oggi offering pizza and wine very few establishments can compete with.