Ben Shewry’s Melbourne eatery, Attica, has been named the number-one restaurant in Australia by Gourmet Traveller magazine at an awards ceremony held at the Sydney Opera House last night.
The magazine’s editors singled the restaurant out for its surprising and highly personal take on fine dining, incorporating both indigenous ingredients (red kangaroo with bunya nuts, say, or whiting and pearl meat cooked in paperbark) and touches of whimsy, whether in the naming of some of the dishes, or leading guests into the garden, mid-meal, to stop by the ice-cream stand for a cone.
Other winners include Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall in Brisbane for Bar of the Year, and Magill Estate’s husband and wife team Scott Huggins and Emma McCaskill awarded Best New Talent.
Wine List of the Year went to Perth’s The Print Hall, Nick Hildebrandt of Bentley Restaurant and Bar was named Sommelier of the Year, Christian McCabe from The Town Mouse won Maître D’ of the Year and the peer-voted Chef of the Year award went to Martin Benn of Sepia. Victorian restaurant, Brae, took out two awards – New Restaurant of the Year and Regional Restaurant of the Year.
The full list of winners can be found in the September issue of Gourmet Traveller.