For the ninth year in a row, the 2017 Time Out Sydney Food Awards have went through and scanned just about every restaurant, bar, diner and eatery that has made a dent on the city’s dining scene this year, and picked out the top performers. From fine to casual dining, cheap eats to cafés, the recently held ceremony at Porteño on Cleveland saw quite a few legends and future legends being celebrated for their dominance over the scene.
And there are few more dominate than Chippendale favourite Ester, which for the second year picked up the honour of Restaurant of the Year. The restaurant, which is helmed by chef Mat Lindsay, first scored the same award in 2014 and has been burning up the “best restaurants in Australia” list since.
Miami-born Danielle Alvarez picked up the very well deserved title of Chef of the Year, a result of her hard work at Merivale’s homely European bistro Fred’s. Other awards included Best Café, going to Cornersmith Annandale, Best Cheap Eat going to Bar Ume in Surry Hills, and new award Best Degustation, picked up by Momofuku Seiobo for their eleven-course modern Caribbean menu.
Most importantly, stalwart Chinatown favourite Golden Century stole the show, with them awarded the coveted Legend Award for the night.
See below for the full list of winners.
Restaurant of the Year
Chef of the Year
Danielle Alvarez, Fred’s (Paddington)
Momofuku Seiobo (Pyrmont)
Best Casual Dining Restaurant
Long Chim (CBD)
Best Cheap Eat
Bar Ume (Surry Hills)
Hot Talent Award
Alanna Sapwell, Saint Peter (Paddington)
Drinks Service Award
10 William Street (Paddington)
Cornersmith Annandale (Annandale)
Best New Restaurant
Paper Bird (Potts Point)
Golden Century (Haymarket)
MasterCard presents People’s Choice: Best Bakery
Bake Bar (Randwick)
MasterCard presents People’s Choice: Best Fast Food
BL Burgers (Darlinghurst, Bondi, Parramatta)
Beer the Beautiful Truth presents People’s Choice: Best Restaurant
Porteño (Surry Hills)
Image: Time Out, Anna Kucera and Cassandra Hannagan