In the world of Aussie restaurants, hats are the very best thing one can earn for good work, which is fun because hats are fun.
Said hats are awarded to those who have gone absolutely above and beyond in terms of their culinary offerings and each year the hospitality world waits with baited breath to see who’ll take out the top spots.
As you’re not doubt aware, the Gold Coast has absolutely blown up of late in terms of eateries doing exceptional things but it is a few of our long-established favourites who have earned themselves the accolades this year.
Unsurprisingly, the love of our lives, Nobby Beach legends Hellenika took out one hat for their absolutely incredible Taramasalata. Jokes, it’s for everything but no doubt that dish was the one that pushed them over the line. Let’s see if Hellenika Brisbane can accomplish the same feat next year.
Burleigh Heads beachfront beauty, The Fish House, also earned themselves a hat. They’re serving up the freshest of seafood (flown in daily no less – no don’t assume every restaurant does this) in an absolutely stunning space overlooking the ocean.
The Star Gold Coast’s Kiyomi, from internationally celebrated chef Chase Kojima, earned a hat too. Which is no wonder because their modern Japanese fare is one of the best things in our lives (and our mouths).
Last but certainly not least, Rick Shores, home of the tasty morsel that is the Bug Roll, took out a hat for their five-star menu and (probably) right-on-the-beach location that may just offer one of the very best views in the world.
Love your work friends.
What an honour it is for those local legends to be recognised Australia-wide by Good Food Guide for the magical things they do for the Gold Coast food industry.
And lucky us, the folks who get to indulge in these world-class eats whenever we so desire.
Now, shall we all do a little restaurant crawl in celebration?
Words by Kirra Smith