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The 35th Anniversary Edition is better than ever

By Laura McKinnon
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Good Food Guide 2015 - 35th anniversary edition

Good Food Guide 2015 - 35th anniversary edition

 

With 2015 being the year of the casual night out with friends, the 35th Anniversary Edition of The Age Good Food Guide is full of venues such as Jimmy Grants, Hellenic Republic and Huxtable's Huxtaburgers, alongside their more well-known and formal parent restaurants. Overall 650 new reviews and 120 restaurants feature in this year's edition.

Co-edited by two of Melbourne’s most respected food writers, Janne Apelgren and Roslyn Grundy, The Age Good Food Guide 2015 showcases the best places to eat in Melbourne, and throughout regional Victoria.

To be listed, a restaurant must score a minimum of 12 points out of 20. The very best restaurants are awarded the coveted chefs' hats – a sign of consistency and excellence. The reviewers dine anonymously and pay for their meals to deliver independent advice.

As with previous editions there is a strong focus on dining in the CBD, with 89 of the entries found in the city's centre and 20 more only a stone's throw away in Southbank. But if you aren't a city body don't be disheartened, in this humble reviewer's opinion this edition provides an improved offering of  suburban and regional restaurant reviews. In fact Richmond and St Kilda both feature 16 times, and regions such as Gippsland have 28 entries.

The Age Good Food Guide gets straight to business with a brief introduction about what is trending in the restaurant scene this year (fermentation and "making it in-house" are just two of the "must dos" this year) and of course the list of award winners.

The list below details the over 20 awards presented this year, including awards for the well-known and recognised such as the Lake House in Daylesford (Regional Wine List of the Year) and Andrew McConnell (CITI Chef of the Year) alongside awards for the best young chefs as well as outstanding producers.

Of particular note was the  sustainability award presented to Lance Wiffen of Sea Bounty. Not only has he provided a more sustainable oyster source for restaurateurs but he produces them locally, farming deep among the sea grass at the bottom of Port Phillip Bay. Meaning if you are dining in  Melbourne you can achieve a truly local sustainable seafood experience. [If you are interested in finding out more about Sea Bounty and its sustainable seafood Matthew Evan's (The Gourmet Farmer) latest TV series "What's the catch?" is a good starting point.]

  • Vittoria Coffee Restaurant of the Year: Brae, Birregurra
     
  • New Restaurant of the Year: Supernormal, Melbourne
     
  • La Maison du Thé Regional Restaurant of the Year: Jim McDougall in Stefano’s Cellar, Mildura
     
  • New Regional Restaurant of the Year: Tulip, Geelong
     
  • Citi Chef of the Year: Andrew McConnell
     
  • KitchenAid Young Chefs of the Year: Joshua Pelham, Estelle Northcote and Timothy Martin, The European
     
  • Champagne Pol Roger Sommelier of the Year: Banjo Harris Plane, Attica
     
  • Donlevy Fitzpatrick Award: Ombra, Melbourne
     
  • Innovation Award: Rooftop Honey
     
  • Sustainability Award: Lance Wiffen, Sea Bounty
     
  • Citi Service Excellence Award: Angie Giannakodakis, Epocha
     
  • Vittoria Coffee Legend Award: Anthony Lui, Flower Drum
     
  • Where to Eat Now Award: The Town Mouse, Carlton
     
  • Best Gourmet Getaway: Lake House, Daylesford
     
  • Local Hero: Mister Bianco, Kew
     
  • Champagne Pol Roger Sommelier of the Year: Banjo Harris Plane, Attica
     
  • Wine List of the Year: The Point Albert Park, Albert Park
     
  • Best Short Wine List: Bellota, South Melbourne
     
  • Regional Wine List of the Year: Lake House, Daylesford
     
  • Best Drinks List: Nieuw Amsterdam, Melbourne


The main body of the book is made up of restaurant reviews divided into regions, but also easily searchable using the alphabetical listings. Each review includes details such as the address, opening hours, owners, chefs as well as a review that incorporates a score out of 20, the best bit and worst bit of the reviewer's experience and a note about what else might be on offer such as special dining experiences.

Overall the 2015 Age Good Food Guide is a great reference for anyone who likes to dine out or is travelling with food in mind. With handy lists such as the top 10 outdoor dining experiences interspersed throughout the more detailed reviews you are sure to find a venue to suit your mood or preferred dining experience.

The Age Good Food Guide 2015 is published in Australia by Fairfax Media (Sydney, 2014; sc, 304pp) and retails in Australia for $24.99

The Age Good Food Guide 2015 is available to purchase online via Booko here »

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Please scroll down for more information about the featured award-winners.

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  • Melbourne Surrounds (VIC)
  • Melbourne (VIC)

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