It’s that time of year again, when the greats of the Brisbane food industry are awarded with, well, awards. Brisbane is definitely evolving as a foodie city of note and has plenty of hot spots for fine and casual dining worth celebrating.
The Brisbane Times Good Food Guide Awards 2017 presentation was held at Customs House on July 18 and now we are able to share with you the round-up of extraordinary winners. Here’s to all the deserving restaurants, bars and eateries that keep our stomachs happy, our drinks full and our dates super impressed!
Brisbane Restaurant of the Year: Gauge, South Brisbane
Gauge is a casual, simplistic and gorgeous fine-dining café in South Brisbane’s Fish Lane precinct from food dynamo Jerome Batten.
The pocket-sized place has evolved from its early days as a fledgling café into "the most exciting place to eat in Brisbane", according to Brisbane Times Good Food Guide editor Callan Boys.
Citi Chef of the Year: Ben Williamson
Ben is the founder and executive chef of Fortitude Valley’s Gerard’s Bistro, the menu of which is crafted around Middle Eastern flavours and inspiration. Earlier this year, he also took the reins of up-and-coming Ann Street venue The Apo. This year, he has been able to upgrade Gerard’s Bistro’s one hat to two!
Brisbane Bar of the Year: The Gresham
Having been named Australian Bar of the Year in the 2016 Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide Awards and Bar of the Year at the Australian Bartender Magazine 2016 Bar Awards, it’s no surprise this unique joint took out the Good Food Guide’s Brisbane Bar of the Year award.
"It's a great bar in the city to sit and drink a tin of XXXX or an expertly-made Manhattan – the team punches out the best classic cocktails in Brisbane," says Boys.
Brisbane’s Best Bar Food: Anise
Fortitude Valley restaurant Anise's move to de-scale from degustation to cracking casual eats paid off, earning them the title of Best Bar Food, with Boys particularly taken by its Tasmanian truffle-topped pecorino gnocchi.
People’s Choice Award: Indulge Café, Bundaberg
Winning for the second year in a row, Indulge Café has a great motto: “We know where it came from and how it was made.” They’re big advocates for supporting local producers, growers and suppliers.
With so many great venues opening in Brisbane, it’s no surprise that this year for the first time we’re celebrating TWO Brisbane restaurants being awarded a coveted three-hat rating. Urbane rose to join fellow CBD restaurant Esquire at the height of food excellence.
Here are the restaurants that were awarded two hats:
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