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Sydney's Momofuku Seiobo wins No.1 eatery

AAP logoAAP 17/08/2016 Julia Carlisle

He won over New York with his Momofuku eateries and now David Chang's first venture outside the Big Apple has been named Australia's No.1 restaurant.

Momofuku Seiobo in Sydney took out this year's annual Gourmet Traveller's top award on Wednesday night at Long Chim, the long-awaited Thai restaurant of local-boy-done-well David Thompson.

The win for Momofuku Seiobo gives the term "fusion cuisine" new zest with its Asian-European dishes cooked under the helm of Barbados-born chef Paul Carmichael.

"Finding fine-dining Barbadian food this good in the Caribbean itself would be a revelation - finding it in Australia is astonishing in the best of ways," said GT chief restaurant critic and deputy editor Pat Nourse.

Previous winner, Melbourne restaurant Attica, proved it's still at the top of its game, with Ben Shewry taking out the peer-voted chef of the year.

Melbourne also scored maitre d' of the year with Andrew Joy from Marion in Fitzroy, and chef Thi Le of Vietnamese restaurant Anchovy winning the country's best new talent award.

Victoria lays claim to Australia's regional restaurant with Aaron Turner's new Geelong restaurant, Igni.

Meanwhile the City of Churches is where to go for a good cocktail with bar of the year award going to Adelaide's new Pink Moon Saloon.

Back in Sydney, Restaurant Hubert scored a double-header, picking up new restaurant of the year and wine list of the year, while Dan Sharp of Sixpenny was named sommelier of the year.

"Australia punches well above its weight internationally with the quality of its food and wine," Mr Nourse said.

Chang opened Momofuku Seiobo at The Star casino in 2011.

GOURMET TRAVELLER RESTAURANT AWARDS WINNERS:

RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR

Momofuku Seiobo, Sydney

CHEF OF THE YEAR

Ben Shewry - Attica, Melbourne

NEW RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR

Restaurant Hubert, Sydney

BEST NEW TALENT

Thi Le - Anchovy, Melbourne

REGIONAL RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR

Igni, Geelong

BAR OF THE YEAR

Pink Moon Saloon, Adelaide

MAITRE D' OF THE YEAR

Andrew Joy - Marion, Melbourne

WINE LIST OF THE YEAR

Restaurant Hubert, Sydney

OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO HOSPITALITY

Bruce Pascoe, Indigenous author and educator

SOMMELIER OF THE YEAR

Dan Sharp - Sixpenny, Sydney

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