AFR Event Centre

AFR Top 100 Restaurants 2016

AFR Top 100 Restaurants award night recognises the best restaurants in Australia. The Star welcomed culinary stars from all over the country to an oasis garden overflowing with food, drinks and entertainment. View some of the night's highlight below.


AFR Top 100 Restaurants



Top 100 List

Australia's Top 100 Restaurants


TOP 10

1. Attica (VIC)

2. Brae, Birregurra (VIC)

3. Sepia (NSW)

4. Quay (NSW)

5. Ester (NSW)

6. Sixpenny (NSW)

7. Bennelong (NSW)

8. Rockpool est. 1989 (NSW)

9. Automata (NSW)

10. Franklin (TAS)


11 - 20

11. Mr Wong (NSW)

12. Bentley Restaurant & Bar (NSW)

13. The Bridge Room (NSW)

14. The Town Mouse (VIC)

15. Cumulus Inc. (VIC)

16. 10 William St (NSW)

17. Flower Drum (VIC)

18. Cutler & Co (VIC)

19. LuMi Bar & Dining (NSW)

20. Supernormal (VIC)


21 - 30

21. Tipo 00 (VIC)

22. Tetsuya's (NSW)

23. Minamishima (VIC)

24. MoVida (VIC)

25. Fratelli Paradiso (NSW)

26. Billy Kwong (NSW)

27. Biota Dining, Bowral (NSW)


28. Cafe Di Stasio (VIC)

29. LP's Quality Meats (NSW)

30. Momofuku Seiōbo (NSW)


31 - 40

31. Porteno (NSW)

32. Rockpool Bar & Grill, Sydney (NSW)

33. ACME (NSW)

34. Embla (VIC)

35. Vue de Monde (VIC)

36. Firedoor (VIC)

37. Dinner by Heston Blumenthal (VIC)

38. Chin Chin (VIC)

39. est. (NSW)

40. Marque (NSW)


41 - 50

41. The Apollo (NSW)

42. Lake House, Daylesford (VIC)

43. Oscillate Sildly (NSW)

44. Saint Crispin (VIC)

45. Guillaume (NSW)

46. Fleet, Brunswick Heads (NSW)

47. Africola (SA)

48. Orana (SA)

49. Restaurant Amuse (WA)

50. Silvereye (NSW)


51 - 60

51. Pilu at Freshwater (NSW)

52. Moon Park (NSW)

53. France-Soir (VIC)

54. Lee Ho Fook (VIC)

55. Bar Lourinhã (VIC)

56. Icebergs Dining Room & Bar (NSW)

57. Ormeggio at the Spit (NSW)

58. Estelle by Scott Pickett (VIC)

59. Rockpool Bar & Grill, Melbourne (VIC)

60. Golden Century (NSW)


61 - 70

61. Spice Temple (NSW)

62. Sean's Panaroma (NSW)

63. Cottage Point Inn (NSW)

64. Gerard's Bistro (QLD)

65. The European (VIC)

66. Monopole (NSW)

67. Long Chim Perth (WA)

68. ARIA (NSW)

69. Provenance, Beechworth (VIC)

70. Coda (VIC)


71 - 80

71.Lalla Rookh (WA)

72. Yellow (NSW)

73. Luxembourg (VIC)

74. Wasabi Restaurant & Bar, Noosa Heads (QLD)

75. Master (NSW)

76. 4Fourteen (NSW)

77. Clarke's of North Beach (WA)

78. Esquire (QLD)

79. Muse Restaurant, Pokolbin (NSW)

80. Monster Kitchen and Bar (NSW)


81 - 90

81. Grossi Florentino Upstairs (VIC)

82. Cho Cho San (NSW)

83. The Long Apron, Montville (QLD)

84. The Press Club (VIC)

85. Lucio's (NSW)

86. Ethos Eat Drink (TAS)

87. Anchovy (VIC)


88. Vasse Felix Restaurant, Cowaramup (WA)

89. Lume (VIC)

90. Tonka (VIC)


91 - 100

91. Mister Jennings (VIC)

92. Union Dining (VIC)

93. Igni, Geelong (VIC)

94. Sokyo (NSW)

95. Peel St (SA)

96. Hentley Farm, Seppeltsfield (SA)

97. Lau's Family Kitchen (VIC)

98. Fine Seppeltsfield, Seppeltsfield (SA)

99. Epocha (VIC)

100. II Bacaro (VIC)


Category List

Category Winners


Australia's Top Chef

Dan Hunter from Brae, Birregurra (VIC)

Australia's Top Service Team

Sepia (NSW)

The People's Award

Akiba (ACT)


Case Study

Australia’s Top Restaurant Awards

Where do Australia’s top chefs and foodies host their annual gala dinner for the top 100 Restaurants in Australia? The Star Event Centre! Talk about pressure… See how the team at the Event Centre and chefs from The Star’s Momofuku Sieōbo, Sokyo, BLACK by ezard, and Balla pulled it off, serving a smorgasbord of tasty cuisine to Australia’s toughest critics at the AFR Top 100 Restaurant Awards gala dinner.
The Australian Financial Review’s Top 100 Restaurants Awards were held at The Star Event Centre with over 350 guests in attendance. 
On Monday, 2 May 2016 the ‘rock stars’ of Australia’s restaurant industry made up of more than 350 chefs, restaurateurs and leading culinary commentators gathered at The Star Event Centre to celebrate The Australian Financial Review Australia’s Top 100 Restaurants. 
The best of the best in Australia’s food scene were there to reflect on their hard work and celebrate another year in the restaurant business. After the success of the inaugural event in 2015, guests eagerly waited to hear their ranking amongst Australia’s Top 100 Restaurants as voted by their peers. 
A total of seven Sydney restaurants were ranked in the top ten, with two from The Star making the Top 100 list; Momofuku Sieōbo ranking number 30 and Sokyo at number 94.
The Star Event Centre was transformed into a whimsical secret garden with styling from ByDesign featuring impressive floral and foliage displays including 6km of trailing ivy, and various styles of green foliage and plants which took a total of 250 hours for a team of florists to assemble. 
The Star’s signature restaurants put on a show with pop-up stalls serving a range of dishes including Paul Carmichael’s jerk chicken from Momofuku Sieōbo, suckling pig by Gabriele Taddeucci from Balla, ocean trout nigari by Chase Kojima from Sokyo, and Dany Karam’s beef tartare from BLACK by ezard. Adding to the theatrics of the event, a roving oyster shucker shucked fresh oysters for guests. 
Guests were served a range of beverages including supersized gin & tonics with fresh blood orange from sponsor, Tanqueray Gin and Nespresso Saint's Ristretto cocktails. 
As guests were ushered to the front of the room for formalities, a curtain was drawn behind them as the dessert set-up commenced. Following the Top 100 Restaurants announcements, the curtain opened to reveal roaming dessert service offering mascarpone cream dessert with Nespresso parfait and orange coulis, and giant platters hanging from the ceiling displaying cherry petit gateaux; morello cherry jam covered with cherry mouse and chocolate biscuit, and apple petit gateaux; calvados jelly covered with granny smith apple mouse and crunchy citron biscuit. Also on display were three large trees with custom-made metal leaves holding fresh figs with goat’s curd, Iranian pistachios and clover honey. 
In addition to The Star’s signature restaurants, a number of food and beverage sponsors and partners had a presence on the night. This required liaison with various suppliers and venues to incorporate the food and beverage element in a way that complemented the event theming and overall offering. This included a Tanqueray Gin product display and signature gin & tonic, as well as Nespresso cocktail served to guests on arrival, a cheese station serving a variety of gourmet cheeses by Holy Goat, and a Nespresso coffee station. 
The room reveal for the desserts required a number of station resets to be completed behind the scenes while formalities of the evening were underway. This required a seamless transition introducing a number of stations including six giant dessert platters hanging from the ceiling, and three five-metre custom-made dessert trees housing up to 50 metal leaves holding fresh fig desserts. These unique dessert stations acted as an extension of the event theming. To ensure these displays were looking their best, servers were on hand to replenish each station as guests enjoyed the rest of the evening. 
The event provided an opportunity for Australia’s restaurant industry to celebrate the best in the business while The Australian Financial Review and Good Food staked their claim as the authority on food. 
Director of Events, The Star – Scott Bayne “Winner of the Meeting & Events Australia (MEA) Award for Best Specialty Event Venue for two years running, The Star Event Centre was the ideal venue for the multifaceted elements that go into staging an event like the AFR Top 100 Restaurants Awards.”