Italian restaurant Osteria Ilaria was named Restaurant of the Year, beating nine other top Melbourne restaurants to take out the main prize. It was also victorious in the category of Chef of the Year, for Andreas Papadakis, who also heads up the popular pasta place Tipo 00 next door.
“The Time Out Restaurant of the Year has to be a place that sums up where we want to eat, what we want to eat and how we want to eat it,” said Time Out’s chief restaurant critic, Larissa Dubecki.
“Osteria Ilaria is standing on the shoulders of the giant next door, Tipo 00, but it has its own personality and character. The octopus with `nduja is by far and away the dish of the year – seemingly simple, definitely inspired, 100 per cent delicious. Ilaria gets better with each visit, and it takes bookings. We’re in love!”
The award for Best New Restaurant went to Atlas, the South Yarra establishment whose young chef, Charlie Carrington, changes the menu frequently to reflect the cuisine of a different nation (it’s currently showcasing Mexican cooking).
Also reflecting the trend towards ethnic diversity in the restaurant scene, Middle Eastern place Tulum in Balaclava was named Best Casual Dining Restaurant. Andrew McConnell’s rustic refresh of his eight-year- old modern Australian eatery in Fitzroy, Cutler & Co, won the award for Best Fine Dining Restaurant.
And this year, commoners were permitted the chance to vote in People’s Choice categories – Best Bakery was won by Candied Bakery, in Spotswood, while it was arcade-game themed burger joint 8bit Melbourne CBD that claimed the high score in the Best Fast Food.
For a full list of winners visit Time Out Melbourne’s website.