It’s the only contestant to have won its category every year since the inception of these awards, but honestly? We can’t say we’re surprised. Other restaurants borrow the spotlight from time to time, but Quay remains Australia’s most awarded restaurant, and we’re going to put that down to something quite basic: the really, truly, absolutely beautiful food.

You’ll enjoy the stunning view, of course, and the flawless service doesn’t hurt – but it’s the menu you’ll return for, again and again. Our current obsession? Move on over, Snow Egg – it’s all about the eight-texture chocolate cake.

Runners-up: Best City Restaurant

2. Rockpool, Bridge St, Sydney
3. Aria, Sydney
4. Vue de Monde, Melbourne
5. Attica, Melbourne

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