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SA’s top eateries crowned at R&CA’s 2023 Awards for Excellence

Last night Restaurant & Catering Australia (R&CA) revealed the distinguished winners of the 2023 Restaurant & Catering Hostplus Awards for Excellence in South Australia.

Image: award winner Estia Restaurant

Last night Restaurant & Catering Australia (R&CA) revealed the distinguished winners of the 2023 Restaurant & Catering Hostplus Awards for Excellence in South Australia.

This illustrious program celebrates and acknowledges exceptional service and culinary mastery across a diverse array of categories in the hospitality industry.

Suresh Manickam, CEO of Restaurant & Catering (R&CA), extended heartfelt congratulations to all the winners, recognising their remarkable contributions to South Australia’s vibrant hospitality sector. He expressed his satisfaction with the exceptional talent and unwavering dedication displayed by this year’s honourees.

“The R&CA would like to thank everybody who attended tonight’s awards, we are extremely pleased with the high level of culinary talent and dedication to excellence amongst tonight’s winners. They represent the very best of what South Australia has to offer the dining public,” Mr Manickam said.

“South Australia is recognised internationally for their fine food and wine and tonight’s winners are certainly a testament to this global reputation.”

Among the standout winners, d’Arry’s Verandah Restaurant in McLaren Vale secured the coveted title of Restaurant of the Year, while Events at SkyCity in Adelaide clinched the prestigious Caterer of the Year award.

Bocelli Caffe Ristorante in Adelaide earned the distinction of Best Casual Dining Award for South Australia.

The awards spanned various culinary genres, from Asian and Italian cuisine to seafood and steakhouse specialties. Laxmi’s Tandoori Indian Restaurant, LOMBRA Cantina, and Mayura Station’s The Tasting Room were among the esteemed establishments recognised for their excellence.

In the catering realm, Function/Convention Centre Caterer, Events at SkyCity, emerged triumphant, while Civeo – Prominent Hill was celebrated as the top Site-Contract Caterer.

These culinary champions represent the best of South Australia’s gastronomic landscape.

Each award recipient stood as a testament to the international acclaim of South Australia’s fine food and wine scene. With a culinary reputation that extends far beyond its borders, the winners of the 2023 Hostplus Awards for Excellence have solidified their place in the annals of gastronomic excellence.

FULL LIST OF WINNERS:

Restaurant Awards

ASIAN RESTAURANT Sponsored by Doshii WINNER – Hut and Soul, Adelaide

BREAKFAST RESTAURANT – CITY Sponsored by Airbnb WINNER – Pony and Cole, Hindmarsh

BREAKFAST RESTAURANT – REGIONAL Sponsored by Airbnb WINNER – Whalers Seaside Dining, Encounter Bay

BURGER BAR Sponsored by Rainbow Fresh WINNER – Burger Incredible, Unley

CAFÉ DINING – CITY Sponsored by Hostplus WINNER – High Street Café, Kensington

CAFÉ DINING – REGIONAL Sponsored by Hostplus WINNER – Bombora on the River, Goolwa

SOUTHCHINESE RESTAURANT Sponsored by Zembl WINNER – Concubine, Adelaide

CONTEMPORARY AUSTRALIAN RESTAURANT – FORMAL Sponsored by Bulla WINNER – Pipers of Penola, Penola

CONTEMPORARY AUSTRALIAN RESTAURANT – INFORMAL Sponsored by Bulla WINNER – Swagman Country Dining, Hindmarsh Valley

EUROPEAN RESTAURANT Sponsored by The Restaurant Gift Card by The Card Network WINNER – Estia Restaurant, Henley Beach

FAMILY DINING Sponsored by Entertainment Group WINNER – Bocelli Caffé Ristorante, Adelaide

INDIAN RESTAURANT Sponsored by Uber Eats WINNER – Laxmi’s Tandoori Indian Restaurant, Glenunga

ITALIAN RESTAURANT Sponsored by Gallagher WINNER – LOMBRA Cantina, West Lakes

PIZZA RESTAURANT Sponsored by Menulog WINNER – Sportivo Pizzeria & Café, West Lakes

PREMIUM DINING Sponsored by American Express WINNER – Five Regions Restaurant, North Adelaide

RESTAURANT IN A PUB/CLUB Sponsored by Fermentum Craft Beer Co. WINNER – Watervale Hotel, Watervale

RESTAURANT IN A WINERY Sponsored by Tourism Industry Council of South Australia WINNER – d’Arry’s Verandah Restaurant, McLaren Vale

SEAFOOD RESTAURANT Sponsored by Concept Collections WINNER – Fishbank Bar and Grill, Adelaide

SPECIALTY RESTAURANT Sponsored by Twin Social WINNER – El Estanco, Greenock

STEAK RESTAURANT – FORMAL Sponsored by Pepperjack WINNER – Mayura Station’s The Tasting Room, Millicent

STEAK RESTAURANT – INFORMAL Sponsored by Pepperjack WINNER – Seafire on the Marina, Glenelg

VIETNAMESE RESTAURANT Sponsored by Uber Eats WINNER – Miss Viet Kitchen, Port Adelaide

CATERING AWARDS

FUNCTION/CONVENTION CENTRE CATERER Sponsored by Bidfood WINNER – Events at SkyCity, Adelaide

INDUSTRIAL/INSTITUTIONAL CATERER Sponsored by PFD Food Services WINNER – Chartwell’s – St Ann’s College, North Adelaide

SITE-CONTRACT CATERER Sponsored by Gallagher WINNER – Civeo – Prominent Hill, Glendambo

RESTAURANT IN A WINERY Sponsored by Tourism Industry Council of South Australia WINNER – d’Arry’s Verandah Restaurant, McLaren Vale

SEAFOOD RESTAURANT Sponsored by Concept Collections WINNER – Fishbank Bar and Grill, Adelaide

SPECIALTY RESTAURANT Sponsored by Twin Social WINNER – El Estanco, Greenock

STEAK RESTAURANT – FORMAL Sponsored by Pepperjack WINNER – Mayura Station’s The Tasting Room, Millicent

STEAK RESTAURANT – INFORMAL Sponsored by Pepperjack WINNER – Seafire on the Marina, Glenelg

VIETNAMESE RESTAURANT Sponsored by Uber Eats WINNER – Miss Viet Kitchen, Port Adelaide

CATERING AWARDS FUNCTION/CONVENTION CENTRE CATERER Sponsored by Bidfood WINNER – Events at SkyCity, Adelaide

INDUSTRIAL/INSTITUTIONAL CATERER Sponsored by PFD Food Services WINNER – Chartwell’s – St Ann’s College, North Adelaide

SITE-CONTRACT CATERER Sponsored by Gallagher WINNER – Civeo – Prominent Hill, GLENDAMBO

WEDDING CATERER Sponsored by Poppy & Pear Event Styling WINNER – Adelaide Oval Functions & Events, Adelaide

PARTNER AWARDS

ONEMUSIC EXCELLENCE AWARD Sponsored by OneMusic Australia WINNER – Atelier, Crafers

MAJOR AWARDS

HALL OF FAME – FAMILY DINING Sponsored by Entertainment Group AWARDED TO – Anthony’s Cucina e Pizzeria, Paradise

CASUAL DINING OF THE YEAR Sponsored by Alsco WINNER – Bocelli Caffé Ristorante, Adelaide

CATERER OF THE YEAR Sponsored by American Express WINNER – Events at SkyCity, Adelaide

RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR Sponsored by Hostplus WINNER – d’Arry’s Verandah Restaurant, McLaren Vale

For a full list of the winners, head here.

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