First published on 31 Jul 2012. Updated on 1 Aug 2012.
Last night’s second annual restaurant awards saw Sydney’s leading chefs and restaurateurs come together to celebrate the city’s best restaurants. The awards were held at Sokyo – the Star’s Japanese restaurant and bar, with cocktails from Black by Ezard’s Michael Chiem, as well as dishes from Balla, Fat Noodle, Black by Ezard, Momofuku and Sokyo.
“The Time Out Food Awards are about celebrating the best of Sydney,” says Time Out’s Chief Food and Drink Critic Myffy Rigby. “We're all about hot talent. The best, the brightest, the cream of the crop. Time Out gives props not just to the big ticket, all-star venues, but also to the little guys pushing the boat, making Sydney a more interesting place to eat and drink.”
Newtown newcomer Al Aseel
took out Best Bang for Buck with their great value Lebanese food while ex-Rockpool chef Mike McEnearney won best café with his new digs, Kitchen by Mike
. People’s Choice, as voted by Time Out
readers, went to rockabilly bar and grill, Porteño
and Newcastle got a shout out with Best Outta Town going to Subo
. Hot Talent went to James Parry and Daniel Puskas, the dynamic duo from Stanmore’s Sixpenny
, while Izakaya Fujiyama
won Best Casual Diner. Best New Restaurant went to Potts Point hotspot the Apollo
But it was the real out-of-towners that took home the gong this year: Manhattan chef/restaurateur David Chang and head chef Ben Greeno won Restaurant of the Year with Momofuku Seiobo
. Not bad for a New Yorker and a north-east Englishman.
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from last night
Food Awards 2012
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