Melbourne’s Attica wins Australia’s Top Restaurant 2016

Australia’s Top 100 Restaurants list has been revealed with Ben Shewry's Attics taking first place.

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The Australian Financial Review’s Australia’s Top 100 Restaurants list has been revealed and Melbourne’s Attica has rightfully taken the number one spot.

Another Victoria restaurant, Brae, opened in 2012 by chef Dan Hunter, who also won Chef of the Year, secured second place, with Sepia run by Martin Benn and Vicki Wild, taking this year’s third place and scoring the Top Service Team award.

Ben Shewry’s Melbourne restaurant Attica wins. Photo: Instagram

Co-Director of the Awards Terry Durack congratulated Attica on its win:

“Ben Shewry has built Attica into a unique and personal experience that celebrates all that Australian dining excellence is about. With its passion for just-picked and wild plants, an intuitive use of native produce, and exceptionally warm, sincere service, it deserves every accolade and award it wins – especially this one.”

Australia’s Top 100 Restaurants presented by Qantas is decided by the chefs and restaurateurs themselves, as opposed to the top 500, which is determined by an Australia-wide panel of Good Food Guide editors.

While the 2016 People’s Award, as voted by the public, has been awarded to Akiba in ACT. The team behind the beloved Sage offers this wonderful fast-paced dining experience highlighting some of the best Asian street food the nation’s capital has to offer. The service, atmosphere and pace of this eatery won it this acclaimed award.

Sydney’s Sepia down two spots to third place from number one in 2015. Photo: Instagram

The top 10 list showcases establishments that are redefining fine dining, including the informal, wood-fired Ester in Chippendale at number five, Peter Gilmore’s buzzy Bennelong at number seven, and new-entry Automata at number nine, all in Sydney.

“With restaurants such as Attica, Brae, Quay, Rockpool est 1989, Franklin and Sepia in the top 10 it’s a brilliant moment in time in defining Australian cuisine. The truth is our restaurants are becoming truly and uniquely Australian,” says fellow Co-Director of the Awards Jill Dupleix.