The SMH Good Food Guide Awards 2017: Best New Restaurant Finalists

 

When it comes to dining out in Sydney, we're all about looking forward, not backward. And our restaurants are a perfect example of that – often small, always perfectly formed, offering everything from basement smallgoods, interpretive Chinese food with a side-serve of Mariah Carey, candle lit French with a booze-fuelled twist and new wave Turkish thrills and grills. The most exciting opening in past 12 months, the finalists of this award set the eating agenda, start conversations and represents everything that's fresh, hot and interesting about eating.

And the finalists are...

Automata
This is serious snacking for fun lovers. See the grilled lettuce covered in shavings of roast venison liver swiftly followed by raw plums in dressed in fermented juice and mustard oil covered in nasturtium leaves. The wine offerings are pitched live and local, far-reaching and very specific, along with ultra personal service whether you're bar-or-tableside. 5 Kensington St, Chippendale. 02 8277 8555. automata.com.au

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