The national Good Food Guide Awards was held last night and some of our local Inner West favourites have once again been recognised for the delicious culinary experience they provide.
Newtown’s Oscillate Wildly received two hats as did Six Penny in Stanmore whilst Continental Deli Bar Bistro, Hartsyard, Queen Chow and Stanbuli all took home a hat each.
Nearby in Chippendale, Esters, and Automata each received a coveted two hats whilst LP Quality Meats also received a hat.
In addition to the coveted hats, Daniel Puskas, of Sixpenny in Stanmore received the Citi Chef of the Year Award, judged as “a chef at the forefront of dining, setting new standards, creating new flavour combinations, doing something original, and adding something extra to the Australian dining scene.”
This is what the Good Food Guide had to say about our local winner:
Daniel Puskas, Sixpenny, New South Wales: For a chef who used to skateboard to work and cook sous-vide in a bucket, Daniel Puskas has travelled a long way. His restaurant, which he now runs solo (co-owner James Parry left the business last year) goes from strength to strength. It’s the honing of his craft, and his sheer force of will to squeeze maximum flavour from every ingredient he touches while keeping each dish to its most minimal that gives this ex-Josephine Pignolet Award winner the edge. Puskas has, over the years, honed and sharpened his menu into an ever-evolving study in simplicity. Check out snacks like a gougere filled with gouda and sweet chutney and a confit pumpkin doughnut bomb finished with a sprinkling of pumpkin seed salt – it disappears on the tongue in seconds, with flavour for days. The restaurant has really hit its straps in the past 12 months, and it’s Puskas’s drive, vigour and passion that makes this so. It’s that devotion to his craft that has diners and chefs alike sitting up and paying close attention. Josh Niland, fellow Chef of the Year nominee and Sixpenny fanboy says “the elegance and [Puskas] constant striving for perfection makes his the food that I would want to cook if I had the courage”. Myffy Rigby
“The national Good Food Guide features 500 restaurant reviews and takes the hats to all corners of Australia. A total of 267 restaurants across the country were awarded one hat or more. A restaurant needs a minimum score of 15 out of 20 to obtain a hat.”
The full list of winners is available via the Goodfood Guide
What is your local favourite?
Blake and Annika