The Time Out Sydney Food Awards are one of our favourite events at The Plus Ones. Not only is it, hands down, one of the best value for money you’ll find at an event; it’s also one of the most feel-good times out there. The camaraderie and joie de vivre by the entire hospitality crowd (and the people that love going to their venues) is sheer joy.
The 2019 Time Out Sydney Food Awards were held at Bopp & Tone, a new-ish restaurant in the CBD. Greeted by a glass of wine from Mojo and Tar and Roses or Gage Roads Brewing beer on arrival (and plenty of Bisleri water), we made our way inside for the foodie paradise that awaited us.
Lavish tables were covered in mounds of cheese and charcuterie, which we piled onto heaping plates. Servers made sure no one went long without another morsel: Waygu striploin on sourdough, quail egg benedict, goats curd crostini. Bigger bites were spiced eggplant turnovers and lamb shoulder rolls, and king prawns. Mmmm mmm, good.
Stuffed to the gills, it was time to announce the winners from this year’s nominees. Without further ado, we present the:
Restaurant of the Year – Lankan Filling Station
Best New Restaurant – Bella Brutta
Chef of the Year – Paul Carmichael, Momofuku Seiobo
Best Casual Dining Restaurant – Lankan Filling Station
Best Fine Dining Restaurant – Quay
Best Café – One Another Newtown
Best Cheap Eat – Tamaleria and Mexican Deli
People’s Choice: Signature Searches – Ottoman Eggs, Circa Espresso
Legend Award – Lorraine Godsmark
It was glorious watching the winners take to the stage (with Masterchef‘s Khahn Ong as MC). Their humble and/or ecstatic speeches were adorable.
What I like most about the Time Out Food Awards is they single out the hippest, most-talked-about restaurants as much as the local ones that are doing amazing things. Being able to speak to the founder of Tamaleria & Mexican Deli (Rosa Cienfuegos, who hails from Mexico City), and see how thrilled she was with her win, makes me want to book in a trip to Dulwich Hill stat.
This year, the Time Out Sydney team even had a wheel of fortune you could spin. Prizes ranged from chocolates to more chocolate — to the Google Signature Searches dishes. These are unique searches Sydneysiders are currently doing to find the top dishes in the city. Your lucky correspondent walked away with a voucher for the Motorcycle Oil Ramen at Rising Sun Workshop — plus a list of amazing new restaurants and cafes to try out.
See you at some of the best eating spots over the next 12 months!
Co-founder of The Plus Ones, Theresa aims to visit all the winners before next year’s awards.
For more from Time Out Sydney, visit www.timeout.com/sydney.