Last night worldwide culture magazine and website, Time Out, held their annual Time Out Melbourne’s Food Awards.
Melbourne’s best cafés, restaurants and chefs received much-deserved recognition at the event, held at George Calombaris’s restaurant Gazi and emceed by comedian Andrew McClelland. More than 200 of the city’s culinary experts, foodies and Time Out readers gathered to watch the winners announced across ten categories.
It seemed that Kappo was not the only restaurant carrying the flag for Japan, with Richmond’s Minamishima winning Best Fine Dining Restaurant, as well as the infamous ramen café with the longest lines in Melbourne, Hakata Gensuke winning Best Bang For Buck.
It was refreshing to see a few places in the ‘burbs getting recognition with the Hot Talent Award going to three brothers: Blayne, Chayse and Tyson Bertoncello, for their Beaconsfield restaurant O.My, as well as Shannon Bennett’s Piggery Café in the Dandenong Ranges taking out Best Café.
The People’s Choice Award, as voted by Time Out readers, went to Market Lane’s HuTong Dumpling Bar, confirming our obsession with xiao long bao (soup dumplings).
“We are thrilled to award the team behind Kappo the award for Restaurant of the Year,” said Time Out Australia CEO Michael Rodrigues. “They have worked tirelessly and created something truly essential to Melbourne’s dining scene: outstanding food in elegant surrounds at a reachable price point. They are the complete package.”
For a full list of winners, visit www.au.timeout.com/melbourne