Destinations

Great Australian Bites

Gabriella Warden

The results are in! TripAdvisor has announced the Travellers’ Choice Awards for Restaurants in Australia and around the world.

Statistics show that Australia is one hungry nation, with gastronomic data revealing that half of us eat out at least once a week, with a further 30 per cent of hungry Aussies obsessively planning food-centric getaways focused on chowing down.

So join us as we count down the most mouth-watering dining destinations in Australia and the world to help you plan your next meal and entertain your foodie holiday fantasies.

Warning: We strongly advise against indulging in this list on an empty stomach. Side effects may include involuntary salivating, stomach growling, eyes bigger than your stomach and food envy.

Australia

10. Coda – Melbourne, VIC

Nestled in the cultural and culinary hub of Melbourne on one of the city’s most iconic laneways, Coda’s diverse Euro-Vietnamese and modern-Australian influenced menu has been well-received by foodies since it opened in 2009.

The rave reviews continued on TripAdvisor, with one user saying, “This restaurant certainly met everyone’s high expectations. Food was amazing, and the set menu was a great choice for a group of seven, lots of variety and lots of food!”

10. Coda (2)

9. Sage Restaurant – Canberra, ACT

Its welcoming courtyard and interiors ooze Zen, so it’s no surprise that Sage Restaurant is popular amongst visitors and locals alike.

Sage’s award-winning chefs showcase the region’s top produce, serving up true “art on a plate”.

“Superb restaurant with creative and delicious meals served by friendly staff,” a TripAdvisor reviewer commented.

9. Sage Restaurant (1)

8. The Stunned Mullet – Port Macquarie, NSW

Located in coastal town Port Macquarie, The Stunned Mullet, delivers a relaxed Australian dining experience with exceptional locally-sourced food and wine that has earned it the only Chef Hat Award in town.

And it deserves it, with one TripAdvisor reviewer saying, “The service was first class and the waitress’s knowledge of the menu and description of the menu was excellent. The food was stunning, beautifully prepared and presented and tasted wonderful.”

8. The Stunned Mullet (2)

7. Tetsuya’s – Sydney, NSW

Created by Tetsuya Wakuda, Tetsuya’s serene dining enclave does not shy away from spectacular food.

The restaurant serves a ten course degustation menu, and is a unique fusion of Japanese philosophy and classic French technique. Tetsuya’s is hugely popular, so do ensure you book in advance!

One TripAdvisor reviewer commented, “An incredible gastronomic experience.”

7. Tetsuya's (2)

6. Aria – Brisbane, QLD

Since 2009, Aria Brisbane has provides the quintessential Brisbane dining experience with an impeccable seasonal menu, featuring local and Australian produce.

Owned by Chef Matt Moran, and restauranteur Peter Sullivan, Aria Brisbane was recently awarded two Chef Hats.

“The service, atmosphere, menu and wine made for a very memorable evening. Every effort is made to make your total dining experience truly enjoyable.”

6. Aria Brisbane (2)

5. Muse Restaurant – Pokolbin, NSW

In 2009, Megan and Tory Rhoades-Brown opened their restaurant on the iconic plains of the Hunter Valley.

The foundation of their cooking is simple and fresh local produce, which has earned them Two Chef Hats.

One reviewer says, “Fantastic food, fantastic service and amazing experience worth every penny spent!”

5. Muse Restaurant (1)

4. Quay Restaurant – Sydney, NSW

On the breathtaking backdrop of Sydney Harbour, Quay is one of Australia’s most respected restaurants.

World-renowned chef, Peter Gilmore, is passionate on delivering a truly unique dining experience to guests, with his ethereal yet grounded cuisine.

A TripAdvisor reviewer said, “Peter Gilmore, you are amazing and talented. I love what you do with fresh produce and common food we see every day.”

4. Quay Restaurant (1)

3. Chianti – Adelaide, SA

Celebrated as one of Adelaide’s finest dining establishments, Chianti is renowned for its superb food, fine wines, and impeccable service.

Owners Frank and Maria Favaro have had 30 years of industry experience that shows in an esteemed venue delivering patrons with the warmest of welcomes similar to an Italian family trattoria.

A TripAdvisor review commented, “Classic Italian food – exceptional, warm, wonderful service – great wines – what not to love?”

3. Chianti (1)

2. The Fish House – Burleigh Heads, QLD

Located amongst the coastal ambience of Burleigh Heads, The Fish House serves fine Australian seafood inspired by Southern Europe.

Restauranteur Simon Gloftis presents an excellent resume spanning a whole career in the Australian hospitality industry.

One TripAdvisor reviewer says, “Seriously good food. Genius of a chef who prepared exquisite food. Nothing pretentious, just flavours that really work, done very well.”

2. The Fish House (1)

And now, for the main course…

Drum roll, please!

1. Vue de Monde – Melbourne, VIC

Rocking in at number one in Australia (and number 24 in the world!), Vue de Monde is located on the 55th floor of Melbourne’s iconic Rialto building offering diners sweeping, panoramic views of the city skyline and beyond.

Chef Shannon Bennett has created an unparalleled dining experience with an approachable, locally-sourced menu evolved from fine classical European roots.

“This is unlike any other restaurant, we absolutely loved every mouthwatering meal, the beautiful French champagne, the decor, the atmosphere and the personal service from the waiters and chefs. Not to mention being served by the owner.”

1. Vue de Monde, Australia (1)

 

Worldwide

And now, to give your tastebuds a fantasy round the world trip of the most tantalising fl a count down of the top five restaurants worldwid to give your tastebuds a fantasy round the world tour of the most tantalising flavours on the globe.

5. Restaurant Sat Bains – Nottingham, England

4. Adam’s – Birmingham, England

3. Maison Lameloise – Chagny, France

2. Europa – Montreal, Canada

1. Martin Berasategui – Lasarte, Spain

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