By Thang Ngo

Last night, Australia’s newest restaurant guide, 2014 Gault&Millau Sydney Restaurant Guide was launched.

Media Release and list of awarded restaurant below. Note, three hatted Restaurant Atelier* will close 31 December 2013.


Tuesday 12 November: The 2014 Gault&Millau Sydney Restaurant Guide (The Yellow Guide), Sydney’s only independent, internationally recognised restaurant guide, has arrived and is now available to the public following last night’s official launch to 300 of Sydney’s best chefs, restaurant owners, media and industry advocates at Salt Meats Cheese in Alexandria.


More than 300 restaurants across Sydney, from casual eats through to fine dining, have been reviewed in the guide and awarded between one and five hats. Momofuku Seiobo, Quay and Sepia took out top honours, each receiving five hats placing them on the same international platform as fellow Gault&Millau five hat recipients in Europe, Hof van Cleve (Belgium), Restaurant Guy Savoy (France), Obauer (Austria) and cementing them as truly exceptional.

As well as offering the Gault&Millau opinion on many of the city’s firm favourites, the guide has uncovered many hidden gems including Bei Amici in Darling Point (three hats), Clareville Kiosk in Clareville (three hats), Bistro Boulevard in Avalon (three hats), Busshari in Potts Point (three hats), and Tastevin Bistro & Wine Bar in Darlinghurst (three hats).

Chief Australian Judge Mark Dorrell gave guests an insight in to what trends the judging team noticed amongst the 300 plus restaurants reviewed this year:
* A heightened passion for sourcing the very best produce amongst our chefs
* A clear divide in restaurants who adopt a strong team spirit between front of house and the kitchen
* Younger chefs pushing the boundaries of taste and presentation

Gault&Millau’s Chief Judge Marc Esquerre travelled from France to Australia to review a number of restaurants himself and said he was particularly impressed with the dedication of younger chefs in Sydney and the quality of menu they are producing.

Publisher Fritz Gubler noted that it is not just fine dining that Sydney does well, with the city playing host to some hidden gems that don’t break the budget.

“We have come across some superb restaurants during the reviewing process and that’s the point of this guide – highlighting where you can find the very best food in Sydney. Whether it’s fine dining for special occasions or casual neighbourhood eateries for a mid-week bite, we trust that we have brought some restaurants out of the shadows and in to the hands of Sydney diners.”

The Guide is divided per suburb, allowing the reader to easily locate great eateries in their desired neighbourhood, as well as offering an A-Z index for diners with a specific restaurant in mind and an index by cuisine. In addition to restaurant reviews, the guide also features Q&As with some of Sydney’s leading chefs, a list of the city’s best providores and a breakdown of the best restaurants based on location.

Established for more than 40 years, Gault&Millau uses the same internationally respected judging criteria world-wide, which places more of a focus on the chefs and their food and less on ambience, décor, location and etiquette than other restaurant guides. Each restaurant is awarded points and those with 11 or more points receiving hats, ranging from one to five.

The 2014 Gault&Millau Sydney Restaurant Guide is Sydney’s only independent, internationally recognised restaurant guide and can be purchased exclusively from Salt Meats Cheese in Alexandria until Thursday 14th November when it will also be available from all good bookstores and newsagents. RRP $24.95 for the book or available now online for a $15 online-only subscription at www.gaultmillau.com.au.

About Gault&Millau

Gault&Millau was founded in 1972 by Henri Gault and Christian Millau who were journalists for a Parisian newspaper and built up a following for their various columns and features. They established their first guide to Paris, Le Guide Juillard, in 1962 and in 1969 they launched their own monthly magazine called Gault&Millau, which was devoted to food and wine.

In 1972, they launched their first independent guide to French restaurants, Gault&Millau and it was an instant success, selling more than 150,000 copies in a month.

Gault&Millau guides are now produced in seven countries including Australia, France, Switzerland, Belgium, Hungary, Austria and Germany with more to follow.

List of Hatted Sydney Restaurants

5 Hats4 Hats4 Hats
Momofuku SeioboQuay







Billy KwongThe Bridge Room

CHISWICK Restaurant & Bar


Gastro Park

Jonah’s Restaurant




Rockpool Bar & Grill

Sean’s Panorama




3 Hats 3 Hats 3 Hats
4FourteenAltitude Restaurant

ARIA Restaurant


The Bathers’ Pavilion

Bei Amici

Bentley Bar & Restaurant

Berowra Waters Inn

Bistro Boulevard

BLACK by ezard


Café Sydney

Cara & Co



China DollClareville Kiosk

Cottage Point Inn

The Cut Bar & Grill

The Devonshire

Fix St James

Flying Fish Restaurant & Bar

Four in Hand Dining Room

Fratelli Paradiso

Kitchen by Mike


Lucio’s Italian Restaurant


Otto Ristorante


PendolinoPilu at Freshwater

Pony Dining (The Rocks)



Restaurant Atelier*

Spencer Guthrie

Spice Temple

Tastevin Bistro & Wine Bar

Tomislav Restaurant


Verde Restaurant & Bar



2 Hats  
A TavolaAgapé Organic Restaurant & Bar

Almond Bar

Ananas Bar & Brasserie

The Apollo

Aqua Dining

Ash St. Cellar

Azuma Chifley


Bambini Trust

Bar H

Barbuto Restaurant

Baroque Bistro Patisserie

Barrenjoey House

Barrio Chino

The Bellevue Dining Room


Bishop Sessa

Bistro Moncur

Bistrode CBD



The Boathouse on Blackwattle Bay Bodega

Bondi’s Best

Bronte Road Bistro

Buffalo Dining Club

Buon Ricordo

The Burlington

Burnt Orange


Buzo TrattoriaCafé Lyon

Chefs Gallery

China Beach


Cipri Italian

Cucinetta Ristorante & Bar


The Dining Room

The Duck Inn Pub & Kitchen

Dunes Restaurant & Kiosk



The Fish Shop

Foley Lane

Foveaux Restaurant & Bar

Garfish Manly

Ginger & Spice

Glass Brasserie

Glebe Point Diner

Gowings Bar & Grill

Grecian Blue


Honeycomb House

Hugos Manly

Icebergs Dining Room & Bar

Il Perugino

Intermezzo Ristorante

Jah Bar


Kabuki ShorokuKalevu

Kobe Jones Teppanyaki


La Rosa Bar & Pizza

La Tratt

La Trattoria on Norton

Luke Benchmark

Malabar @ Darlinghurst

Manly Wine



Mission Restaurant & Bar


Mr. Wong

Neptune Palace

Neutral Bay Diner


North Bondi Italian Food

O Bar & Dining

Ocean Room

Ormeggio at The Spit

Orto Trading Co.

Oscillate Wildly

The Owl House

The Pantry


Pizza Mario


Public Dining Room

Red Lantern on Crown


Restaurant 16Ripples Chowder Bay

Ripples Milsons Point

Ripples Sydney Wharf

Rocket Restaurant

Sails on Lavender Bay

Saké Restaurant & Bar

the sardine room

Signorelli Gastronomia


Spice I Am Darlinghurst

Starfish Avalon

Steel Bar & Grill



sushi e

The Tea Room Gunners’ Barracks

Three Blue Ducks

Toko Restaurant & Bar


Verandah Restaurant & Wine Bar

Wilbur’s Place


The Wine Library





1 Hat   
Aki’s IndianAngel Restaurant

Antoine’s Grill


Banjo Patterson Cottage Restaurant

Bau Truong


Bistro Bruno

Bitton Café & Grocer

Blue Eye Dragon

The Boathouse Palm Beach

Booth St Bistro

Brown Sugar

Café Sopra

The Carrington


Chairman Mao

Chat thai

Chinta Ria Mood for Love

The Cook’s Garden

Courtney’s Brasserie

Danny’s Seafood

Delicado Foods

Din Tai Fung World Square

The Eathouse Diner



Fei Jai

Firefly Neutral Bay

Fish Face

42 Bannerman Trattoria e Bar

Galileo Restaurant

Garfish Crows Nest

Garfish Kirribilli

Gazebo Wine Bar

Golden Century Seafood Restaurant

Grappa Ristorante e Bar

The Grounds of Alexandria

HaNa Ju-Rin

Harvest Store & Kitchen

Hickson Road Bistro

High St Bistro

Home Thai

Hugo’s Bar Pizza

Iron Chef Chinese Seafood Restaurant

Izakaya Fujiyama

Jamie’s Italian

Ju Ge Mu & Shimbashi

Kazbah Balmain


Kobe Jones SydneyKujin

La Brasserie

La Grand Bouffe

La Grillade

La Pesa Trattoria

La Scala on Jersey

Lachlan’s Restaurant


Lucio Pizzeria

Machiavelli Ristorante

[email protected]’s Nest

The Malaya


The Morrison Bar & Oyster Room

New Shanghai


The Old Library

Oliveto Ristorante & Bar

Osteria Riva

Palace Chinese Restaurant



Pony Neutral Bay

Quattro Paste


QueeniesRadio Cairo

Red Chilli Sichuan Restaurant

Red Lantern on Riley


Ripples Whale Beach

The Riverview Hotel Dining Room



Seven Lanterns

Spice I Am Balmain

Stella Blu

Stuyvesant’s House

Szechuan Garden Restaurant


3 Weeds Restaurant


The Union Restaurant

Via Napoli Pizzeria

Vicinity Dining


Wildwater Grill

The Winery