The ruthless ‘hatted’ rating system operated and managed by AFGF (Australian Good Food Guide) backed by The Age and Sydney Morning Herald has released its 2024 award winners. Many of the usual fine dining juggernauts that consistently remain in the top tier of the list appear again in this years edition, but only three restaurants have managed to be awarded three hats, down from four restaurants in the previous year.
Here’s how the scoring metrix works: Anonymous critics from AFGF dine and consider six components all based on the food only. These are ingredients, taste, presentation, technique, value and consistency. Based on a score out of twenty, a score below fifteen does not see an establishment awarded with a hat. 15-15.5/20 awards one hat, 16-17.5/20 awards two hats and 18-20 awards three hats. No restaurant in Australian history has received a score of 20/20.
See the full list of 2024 award winners below:
Three Hats Oncore by Clare Smyth Quay Sixpenny
CITY AND SUBURBS Aalia a’Mare Aria Bennelong Bentley Restaurant + Bar Berowra Waters Inn Bert’s Bar & Brasserie Brasserie 1930 – New to list Cafe Paci Cirrus Clam Bar – New to list Ester Firedoor Fred’s Icebergs Dining Room and Bar Margaret Mimi’s Monopole Mr. Wong LuMi Dining Ormeggio at The Spit Petermen – New to list Pilu at Freshwater Porteno Rockpool Bar & Grill Saint Peter Sean’s Shell House Dining Room & Terrace Spice Temple Sushi Oe Tetsuya’s Ursula’s Yellow Yoshii’s Omakase
REGIONAL Bistro Livi, Murwillumbah Muse Restaurant, Pokolbin Pilot, Ainslie ACT Pipit, Pottsville Raes Dining Room, Byron Bay
CITY AND SUBURBS 10 William St Abhi’s Indian Restaurant Alberto’s Lounge Alpha Annata Ante The Apollo Armorica Grande Brasserie – New to list Bar Copains – New to list Bar Louise Bar Totti’s Bar Vincent Bastardo Bathers’ Pavilion Restaurant Bistecca Bistro George – New to list Bistrot 916 Catalina The Charles Grand Brasserie China Doll Cho Cho San Civico 47 Continental Deli Bar Bistro Da Orazio Pizza + Porchetta The Dining Room by James Viles Esteban Franca Brasserie Fratelli Paradiso The Gantry The Gidley Gildas Gowings Haco Ho Jiak Town Hall – this year’s cover star Hotel Centennial Irori Kuon – New to list Kame House – New to list Kiln Kindred Kisuke Kuon Omakase Kuro Bar & Dining Lana Lankan Filling Station Le Foote – New to list Longshore – New to list Loulou Bistro Marta Maydanoz Ms.G’s MuMu Nomad Nour Odd Culture Newtown Osteria di Russo & Russo Otto Ristorante Palazzo Salato – New to list Parlar Pellegrino 2000 Poetica Bar & Grill – New to list Porcine Poly Porkfat Promenade Bondi Beach -New to list Queen Chow Ragazzi RAFI Raja – New to list Redbird – New to list Restaurant Hubert Restaurant Ka Restaurant Leo Rising Sun Workshop Royal Palace Seafood Restaurant – New to list Sala – New to list Sokyo Soul Dining Sushi e Uccello Una Mas Viand Woodcut Yan
REGIONAL Amara Ates Babyface Kitchen Bangalay Dining Bar Heather – New to list Bar Rochford Beach Byron Bay Bistro Molines EXP. Restaurant Flotilla Frida’s Field Humbug Italian and Sons Margan Restaurant The Milton Hotel Morks Restaurant Mu Omakase Onzieme Osteria il Coccia Paper Daisy Paste Australia Printhie Wines Queen Chow Narooma Raku Rebel Rebel Restaurant Santino The Schoolhouse Restaurant at Union Bank South on Albany Such and Such – New to list Valentina Yellow Billy Restaurant You Beauty The Zin House