Good Food Guide 2009 | The Age

Melbourne is renowned for its variety of truly outstanding restaurants and is fortunate that the team of 55 discerning staff at The Age Good Food Guide rate them.

This year, more thank 500 restaurants were reviewed with 270 city restaurants and 185 country eateries receiving a nod of approval.

The annual Age Good Food Guide rates the top Melbourne dining establishments with one, two and three hats (Chef Hats of course), together with a handful of other notable recognitions.

2009 | The Age Good Food Guide Awards

- CHEF OF THE YEAR - Frank Camorra of MoVida
- BEST NEW RESTAURANT - Bistro Guillaume
- COUNTRY RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR - Royal Mail Hotel, Dunkeld
- WINERY RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR - Giant Steps/Innocent Bystander, Healesville
- BEST BACCHUS - Bar Lourinha
- YOUNG CHEF OF THE YEAR - Chris Donnellan of Gingerboy, and Justin Wise of The Press Club
- DISH OF THE YEAR - Smoked trout broth, crackling, basil seeds and fresh smoke at Attica
- WINE LIST OF THE YEAR - Circa The Prince

It was the year of a more subdued, casual dining experience serving great cuisine, instead of the economically, hard-hit fine dining restaurants that usually reign.

The largest cuisine category was Contemporary Australian followed by Italian, French, Mediterranean and Japanese.

Communal eating at long dining tables are on the rise and shared dishes have become more popular among diners.

The only two dining establishments who remain at the top with 3 Hats are French restaurants, Jacques Reymond and Vue de Monde.

The Age Good Food Guide 2009 Awards

City hats

3 Jacques Reymond, Vue de Monde
2 Attica, Bistro Guillaume, Botanical, Cafe Di Stasio, Circa the Prince, Donovans, Ezard, Flower Drum, Grossi Florentino, Interlude, Matteo's, MoVida, Pearl, Rockpool Bar & Grill, Stokehouse, Taxi Dining Room, Three One Two, Verge
1 Abla's, Bacash, Becco, The Brasserie by Philippe Mouchel, Cecconi's Cantina, Church St Enoteca, Cicciolina, Comme Kitchen, The Court House, David's, Esposito, Estivo, European, Gingerboy, Giuseppe Arnaldo & Sons, The Grand, Il Bacaro, The Italian, Kenzan, Koots, Ladro, Longrain, L'Oustal, Maha, Melbourne Wine Room, Ocha, Oyster Little Bourke, Paladarr Thai Issan, The Press Club, Red Emperor, Sarti, Shoya, Tempura Hajime, Yu-u

Country hats

2 Lake House (Daylesford), Merrijig Inn (Port Fairy), Range (Myrtleford), Royal Mail Hotel (Dunkeld), Simone's Restaurant (Bright), Stefano's (Mildura)
1 Annie Smithers' Bistrot (Kyneton), Bellbrae Harvest (Bellbrae), Eleonore's at Chateau Yering (Yering), Healesville Hotel (Healesville), Montalto (Red Hill South), Neilsons (Traralgon), The Outpost Retreat (Noojee), Pettavel Winery & Restaurant (Waurn Ponds), Royal George Hotel (Kyneton), Tea Rooms of Yarck (Yarck), Teller (Mooroopna), Wardens Food & Wine (Beechworth)

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Attica, 74 Glen Eira Road, Balaclava. Ph 9530 0111
MoVida, 1 Hosier Lane, Melbourne. Ph 9663 3038
Bistro Guillaume, Crown Casino, 8 Whiteman Street, Melbourne. Ph 9693 3888
Royal Mail Hotel, Parker Street, Dunkeld. Ph 5577 2241
Tea Rooms of Yarck, 6585 Maroondah Hwy, Yarck. Ph 5773 4615607
Giant Steps/Innocent Bystander, 336 Maroondah Hwy, Healesville. Ph 5962 6111
Bar Lourinha, 37 Little Collins Street, Melbourne. Ph 9663 7890
Gingerboy, 27-29 Crossley Street, Melbourne. Ph 9662 4200
The Press Club, 72 Flinders Street, Melbourne. Ph 9677 9677
Circa The Prince, 2 Acland Street, St Kilda. Ph 9536 1122

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