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SA’s best restaurant announced

SA’s top restaurant has been named in the 2021 Gourmet Traveller Austrtalian Hotel Guide Awards

The annual Gourmet Traveller Australian Hotel Guide Award winners have been announced, with two significant wins for South Australia.

This year, Restaurant Botanic took out the top honour of South Australian Restaurant of the year. Offering up delicious menu items like their oysters with horseradish, desert limes and green ants and their dry aged coral trout with koji and black truffle, the restaurant is known for celebrating native Australiana fare. The win propelled them into being a finalist for the nations top honour, with Victoria’s Tedesca Osteria taking out the country’s Restaurant of the Year for 2021.

Image credit: Restaurant Botanic

Our top national win was this year’s Restaurant Personality of the Year, awarded to Fino Vino and Fino Seppeltsfields’, Sharon Romeo. As co-owner of the popular eateries, Sharon has worked the floor to keep her busy winery restaurant humming at the same time as trying to bed-in the new CBD venue. 

Fino Seppeltsfield is both well established and well loved, with its city sister-restaurant Fino Vino opening to popular reviews just before the pandemic hit. With the struggles of closing through covid, Sharon remained positive and motivated by her love of hospitality, her passion for people, and her generous Italian spirit.

“You can hide in the kitchen, but the front of house have to put on a brave face and pretend it’s all okay. I felt so much support. It was so beautiful, and that kept me going because I’m here for the customers, I love what I do, I’ve always loved it”, Sharon says.

“Like my mum, it’s in my blood. Welcoming people and looking after them. It’s very satisfying”, she continues. Anyone who’s experienced Sharon’s highly enthused, no-nonsense service would agree that the well-earned title belongs to her. From her classic-leaning wine list to her quick-witted banter, Sharon has kept her restaurant bustling with diners through one of the trickiest times in the industry.

Congratulations to all of this year’s winners!

For a full list of winners, check out the Gourmet Traveller website.

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