For the first time, the Good Food Guide has extended beyond the Eastern States to include the whole of Australian dining, with a range of South Australian restaurants and personalities picking up a swag of hats, awards and commendations.
While no South Australian restaurant received the vaunted three-hat classification, 13 local venues did nab hat-worthy ratings. Restaurant Orana, Magill Estate Restaurant and Hentley Farm all achieved two hats, while Africola, The Currant Shed, FermentAsian, Appellation, Osteria Oggi, Shobosho, Press Food & Wine, The Sumertown Aristologist, Botanic Gardens Restaurant and The Pot by Emma McCaskill were all awarded one hat.
In the Good Food Guide, restaurants must achieve a score of at least 15/20 based on a compilation of individual reviews to achieve one hat. Restaurants scoring from 16/20 to 17/20 achieve two hats, while those scoring 18/20 and above receive three.
Aside from the hatted classification, SA managed to pick up three awards in the Good Food Guide. The Summertown Aristologist picked up Best Regional Wine List of the Year, with its unique local and international wine list being praised as “a nifty little number of fun times”. Jock Zonfrillo’s Orana Foundation won the Food for Good Award for its work to make sure the benefits of an Australian native produce industry go towards the Indigenous communities involved, which was recently provided a boost by a partnership with the University of Adelaide. Africola’s maitre’d Nikki Friedli nabbed the Citi Service Excellence Award for her seamless, charming and knowledgeable customer service.
In other major awards, Melbourne’s Attica was named Restaurant of the Year, The Agrarian Kitchen and Eatery in Tasmania was recognised as the Regional Restaurant of the Year, and Victorian bar Arlechin won Bar of the Year.
The full list of awards and hatted restaurants can be found at goodfood.com.au, while their printed guide to the year’s best restaurants will be on sale from October 17.
Header image: The Summertown Aristologist, photo: Jonathan van der Knaap