Time Out Melbourne Food Awards 2016 winners announced

As award season for the Australian food scene continues, the Time Out Melbourne Food Awards have announced who they have celebrated above all others this year. Melbourne’s best restaurants, cafes, and food trucks have been named across 14 different categories, exploring all levels of dining in the world’s most liveable city to arrive at the names which have been killing it for the past 12 months.

Russell Street’s buzzing wine bar and eatery Embla has taken away top honours – Restaurant of the Year – from the ceremony, held last night at The Cut Steakhouse in Alfred Place. The popular hotspot also walked away as the Best Casual Dining Restaurant, with Tim Out’s chief restaurant critic, Larissa Dubecki, stating that Embla “represents everything that’s great about Melbourne dining right now”.

Other big winners from the night include Igni’s Aaron Turner who was named Chef of the Year while the regional establishment was named Best Fine Dining Restaurant. Igni also recently received similar accolades at the Good Food Guide Awards.

Fitzroy’s Indian go-to Mukka has been named as the Best Cheap Eat, while the Best Food Truck went to Taiwanese traveler Ghost Kitchen. You can check the full list of winners below.

Time Out Melbourne Food Awards 2016

Restaurant of the Year

Chef of the Year
Aaron Turner (Igni)

Best Fine Dining Restaurant

Best Casual Dining Restaurant

Best Cheap Eat

Hot Talent Award
Jo Barrett (Oakridge)

Drinks Service Award

Best Cafe
Second Home

Best Food Truck
Ghost Kitchen

Legend Award
Ben Shewry (Attica)

MasterCard presents People’s Choice: Best Takeaway Lunch Spot
Jimmy Grants

MasterCard presents People’s Choice: Best Takeaway Coffee
St Ali

MasterCard presents People’s Choice Best: Late­night Snack Vendor
Lord of the Fries

OpenTable presents People’s Choice: Best Restaurant Award
Smith & Daughters

For full details on winners and more information click HERE.

Image: Mukka


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Chris Singh

Chris Singh is an Editor-At-Large at the AU review, loves writing about travel and hospitality, and is partial to a perfectly textured octopus. You can reach him on Instagram: @chrisdsingh.