Australia may be known as the Land Down Under, but it’s certainly not an underdog when it comes to fine dining. Cuisine in Australia draws from European, Asian, and indigenous influences, and flavors from all these cultures are reflected in the versatility and variety of the restaurants on this list. They span the country, from Western Australia to the Australian Capital Territory. Among them is an establishment in Canberra with its very own urban farm, an Argentinean-inspired restaurant in Sydney where the food evokes the pampas, and a Cantonese place in Melbourne that has become a community staple. Celebrity chefs like Ben Shewry and Neil Perry make appearances, but so do lesser-knowns, toiling in smaller kitchens and gaining recognition mostly through the pleased comments of their customers.
We started the process of narrowing down of list of Australia’s finest dining establishments by looking at existing rankings, like those of Gourmet Traveller and TripAdvisor. We then asked for additional recommendations from an assortment of culinary experts, ending up with a shortlist of more 70 eateries. We narrowed these down to 25 by surveying members of The Daily Meal Council, a select group of Australian food writers and editors, and our own well-traveled editorial staff.
We’re excited to announce The Daily Meal’s first-ever roundup of the 25 best restaurants in Australia. Read on for the list, and to find out which establishment earned the number-one spot.