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Cameron Murchison and chef Ryan Squires, from Esquire.
Cameron Murchison and chef Ryan Squires, from Esquire. Photo: Paul Harris

Vittoria Coffee Restaurant of the Year

Esquire Brisbane

It was one of the city’s most anticipated openings and so far Esquire has surpassed all expectations. The absolute commitment and attention to detail by owners Cameron Murchison and Ryan Squires has to be commended. A stunning fit-out, faultless service and a thoughtful wine list set the stage for Squire’s food; utterly contemporary, subtle and focussed.

Chef Cameron Matthews from the The Long Apron.
Chef Cameron Matthews from the The Long Apron. Photo: Gillian van Niekerk

Citibank Chef of the Year

Kym Machin Urbane/The Euro 

Not too many Brisbane chefs set off on their mountain bikes for early morning foraging expeditions. Machin is also a fierce champion of heritage varieties, organic and sustainable produce and even employs farmers and producers to grow to his specification. His respect for produce shines brightly on every technically adept, precision-plated dish.

Chef Kym Machin.
Chef Kym Machin. Photo: Gillian van Niekerk

Rekorderlig Cider Regional Restaurant of the Year

The Long Apron Montville

Despite the luxury country house feel, The Long Apron’s menu is totally contemporary. Using both the prodigious local produce and his classical training, Cameron Matthews creates a whimsical degustation menu that will put a smile on the face of even the most jaded diner. Five star service and stunning views complete the picture.


Riedel Glassware Best New Restaurant

Public Brisbane

Bang on trend, Public boasts a loosely constructed and quirky menu that favours congenial share plates of re-interpreted street food as well as twisted classics. The soaring space has Scandinavian sensibilities but is imbued with warmth and buckets of personality. Add a hot-shot bar team and you’ll want to linger long.

Esquire, Brisbane.
Esquire, Brisbane. Photo:

4BC Diner’s Choice Award

Brents Restaurant Toowong 

The Silver Service Award

Marcus Whittington Brents Restaurant, Toowong 

Dimmi Professional Excellence Award

Lizzie Loel Spring, Brisbane  

Brown Brothers Wine List of the Year

Ortiga Brisbane

Regional Wine List of the Year

Sails Noosa 

Champagne Louis Roederer Sommelier of The Year

Shawn Gomes Il Centro, Brisbane Sustainability Award

Swampdog South Brisbane 

Dan Murphy’s BYO Restaurant of the Year

Deer Duck Bistro Milton

McLaren Vale Beer Best Bar with Food

Cabiria Petrie Terrace 

Vittoria Coffee Legend Award

John McNamara Jellyfish, Brisbane