The Hot 50 Restaurants 2016

Bennelong Restaurant

Bennelong Restaurant

Sydney, AU-NSW

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Nestled within the famous Sydney Opera House, this is a gourmet experience not to miss. With a multi-level layout offering diners different options for those indulging in dinner and a show and those wanting a bite and drinks. Diners have the option to pick from a wide range of delicious drinks, set menus or casual à la carte options.

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Bentley Restaurant & Bar

Bentley Restaurant & Bar

Sydney, AU-NSW

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Head chef Brent Savage Bentley Restaurant & Bar in 2006, which has been recognised by the likes of Australian Gourmet Traveler and the Sydney Morning Herald critics as one of the most dynamic eating and drinking experiences in the country. Brent Savage has a unique cooking style combining modern techniques with the diverse flavours of Australian produce. With a particular emphasis on contrast using flavour and texture, the balance of Savage`s food is both exciting and innovative.

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Cafe Di Stasio

Cafe Di Stasio

St Kilda, AU-VIC

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With its intimate atmosphere, it has been said that at Cafe Di Stasio “there are club members … those that want to be club members … and those that will never be …” Cafe Di Stasio has a Long-serving white-jacketed waiters lead you through a list of daily specials utilizing the best seasonal produce ? Italian truffles, lobster and twice-daily made fresh pasta. These - coupled with an extensive printed menu of house specialities provide choices for all tastes, be it seafood, game or vegetarian options. ""… Cafe Di Stasio is pure, born of the singular vision that pervades every nook of this unique restaurant …”

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Dinner by Heston Blumenthal - Crown Melbourne

Dinner by Heston Blumenthal - Crown Melbourne

Southbank, AU-VIC

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Inspired by 15th century manuscripts, to the fanciful dramatic dishes of the Royal courts of King Henry the VII, Dinner by Heston Blumenthal offers diners a very modern interpretation of historic British gastronomy. What started as an exercise in curiosity by Heston Blumenthal, has resulted in almost 20 years of research and discovery. Alongside Ashley Palmer-Watts, the two chefs created a menu inspired by the tastes and flavours of Britain, from the farmers plate to the royal courts, offering a contemporary gastronomic insight from Medieval c.1300 to Victorian c.1800.

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Firedoor

Firedoor

Surry Hills, AU-NSW

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The ancient language of fire is introduced to the modern kitchen through the controlled use of wood fired ovens and grills, placing a heavy reliance on human instinct. Through this technique, Firedoor explores the relationship between food and fire, creating the ultimate flavour enhancer.

The kitchen will burn a collection of different woods daily to create coals that will then be used to enhance the natural characteristics of the ingredients. Firedoor is about subtlety and working with the ingredient to present it at its purest form.

Situated in the back streets of Surry Hills, within the former Silknit House, a 1911 heritage building on Mary Street, the urban space features an open kitchen that centres around two custom-made wood-fired ovens, four grills and an Australian-made Aga.

We look forward to welcoming you to Firedoor.

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Lake House - Daylesford

Lake House - Daylesford

Daylesford, AU-VIC

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Lake House is a tranquil retreat that includes rooms and suites in either a waterfront or lodge setting. Six acres of abundant and fruitful gardens extend down to the waters of Lake Daylesford and provide guests with immediate access to the lake shore and the Wombat State Forest beyond. - See more at: http://www.lakehouse.com.au/about#sthash.G49dAmyh.dpuf

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Long Chim

Long Chim

Perth, AU-WA

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Long Chim is a triumph of casual dining, combining traditional street food with contemporary flavours. David Thompson is renowned as a world authority on Thai food and his Thai restaurants and cookbooks have won critical acclaim. David now returns to Australia with Long Chim Perth and Perth patrons will be the first diners in Australia to experience the new, casual style of one of the world's most acclaimed chefs.

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Monster Kitchen & Bar

Monster Kitchen & Bar

Canberra, AU-ACT

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Monster kitchen and bar wanders through the ground floor of Hotel Hotel, preoccupied with local and seasonal produce prepared for sharing. The kitchen and bar team guide her through her multiple personalities as she shifts from lucidity to debauchery between 6.30AM and 1AM every day. Breakfast is served from 6.30AM to noon and the full menu from noon to 10PM. Seasonal drinks and wines are served until 1AM.

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Penfolds Magill Estate Restaurant

Penfolds Magill Estate Restaurant

Magill, AU-SA

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Located at the spiritual home of Penfolds, the restaurant is located just 8km from the city of Adelaide, approximately a 15 minute journey by car and situated adjacent to the Magill Estate Vineyard, Winery & Cellars. The restaurant combines modern architectural style with the natural attributes of its Adelaide foothills location & historic surrounds and delivers a contemporary and comfortable fine dining atmosphere. Contemporary food, an extensive collection of Penfolds wines, exemplary service and stunning views completes one of Australia’s finest food and wine experiences.

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Stanbuli

Stanbuli

Enmore, AU-NSW

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The name Stanbuli is taken from the local lingo of Istanbul’s streets. Stanbuli is an affectionate term for an Istanbul local and is an exciting Turkish Restaurant from Chef and Owner Ibrahim Kasif. While travelling to Istanbul and Northern Cyprus Ibrahim dreamed of reinterpreting the cuisine of his own cultural heritage. Years later the dream of his own restaurant took on the form of a style of eatery known as a Meyhane. Intrinsic to a Meyhane is a sense of nostalgia and romance. Underpinning the Meyhane tradition is a convivial atmosphere characterised by a fun, social style of eating and drinking. Food is always shared – a central tenet of Turkish custom and an underlying feature in hosting guests. Meze – abundant / colourful and creative / seemingly endless little dishes – invites the diner to commence their evening with cold dishes serving up an array of vegetables, yoghurts, cheeses, fish and offal.

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Supernormal

Supernormal

Melbourne, AU-VIC

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Supernormal offers a personal interpretation of chef Andrew McConnell’s favourite Asian eating experiences drawing on his years spent working and living in Shanghai and Hong Kong. The Supernormal menu comprises old and new favourites, drawing on good times at Golden Fields over the past three years and the Supernormal Canteen over the Summer. Supernormal is open from 11am Monday to Sunday. Our menu is available all-day for you to enjoy as much or as little as you like; a long lunch, mid-afternoon drinks, a special dinner or just a coffee. Supernormal offers a broad range of Asian focused dishes, delicious wines with a story to tell & great drinks. A beautifully considered space with a long open kitchen bar, karaoke fun downstairs and a variety of seating for groups and private parties.

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The Bridge Room

The Bridge Room

Sydney, AU-NSW

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The Bridge Room is housed on the Ground Level of a low-rise 1930’s Heritage Listed building, located on the corner of Bridge and Young streets, moments from Circular Quay. The 60 seater designed by Nick Tobias features an open kitchen with custom built charcoal grill. With hand-made ceramics, solid oak tables and Autoban’s iconic Deer Chairs, the dining room’s relaxed aesthetic is paired with informed and attentive service. “I love this restaurant. It’s hospitable, mature and adventurous.” JOHN LETHLEAN. THE WEEKEND AUSTRALIAN MAGAZINE

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The Dolphin Hotel

The Dolphin Hotel

Surry Hills, AU-NSW

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REGARDED FOR DECADES AS A SURRY HILLS INSTITUTION SYNONYMOUS WITH GOOD TIMES, THE DOLPHIN HOTEL NOW FEATURES THREE DISTINCT SPACES, A DINING ROOM, WINE ROOM AND A PUBLIC BAR WITH AN OPEN-AIR TERRACE.

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Urbane

Urbane

Brisbane, AU-QLD

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Urbane Restaurant is an icon within Brisbane, the strong reputation is a multi-award winning restaurant renowned amongst Australia. Urbane delivers an outstanding experience to guests who enter their restaurant through high-quality fine dining. The chef’s create their dishes through a variety of local seasoned produce influenced by European and Asian cuisine. The interior decor of lighting and furniture is inspired by past and present customers and travels. Urbane Restaurant is situated around the kitchen hub offering all types of different foods from fine dining to bistro cuisine. Urbane has an extended wine list focused on providing their guests with European and Australian wines. They are carefully selected suited perfectly to enjoy with the patrons meal. The centralised location situated in the Business District of Brisbane makes it a must to visit for high quality food and service.

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Vasse Felix Winery & Restaurant

Vasse Felix Winery & Restaurant

Cowaramup, AU-WA

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The Vasse Felix Restaurant offers a beautiful setting to indulge in regional flavours, textures and creative cuisine. All dishes are created from local, seasonal produce, to compliment Vasse Felix wines. The menu is modern Australian and draws inspiration from international preparation techniques, fused in a unique Vasse Felix / Margaret River style. The Vasse Felix Restaurant has served lunch daily since its opening in 1989.

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Wildflower - COMO The Treasury

Wildflower - COMO The Treasury

Perth, AU-WA

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""Wildflower is nestled between peaks of Welsh slate, among the rooftops of the State Buildings. Offering sensational views of the Swan River and the south of the city, Wildflower proudly celebrates Western Australia and all of its bounty in menus featuring contemporary cuisine inspired by the indigenous philosophy of the six seasons. Located within COMO The Treasury, Wildflower is open for lunch from 12:00pm?2:30pm and open for dinner from 6:00pm?10:00pm on Tuesday through Saturday. The bar is open from 5:00pm?11:00pm Tuesday through Saturday.""

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Yellow

Yellow

Potts Point, AU-NSW

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The eatery sits between the groups other two venues in terms of style. Monopole – the groups wine bar and eatery is casual, informal and fun while the new Bentley situated in the Radisson Blu hotel will offer a more sophisticated and special dining experience. David Myers also joins the team. David’s career spans 20 years, he has managed restaurants in London and Sydney and now brings his wealth of experience and knowledge to the partnership.

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