AFR: 5 trends emerging among Australia's top 100 restaurants

Fine dining isn’t dead, but it is definitely reinventing itself, as diners look for the upscale food they love packaged with a buzzy, convivial atmosphere, flexible hours and fewer rules. Note the more modest four-course tasting menus being rolled out at Canberra’s classy Aubergine, Sydney’s Automata, the Hunter Valley’s Muse, and more.

AFR: Australia's Top 100 Restaurants 2017

The Australian Financial Review is proud to again present Australia's Top 100 Restaurants awards. Our top restaurateurs and chefs have ridden Australia's modern prosperity and the global foodie craze to become a signature national industry, reflecting the quality of our produce, the reliability of our standards and the diversity of our culture.

Carriageworks: Sydney Table

Carriageworks’ exclusive dinner series, Sydney Table, brings together Sydney’s best chefs and creatives for four new unique dining experiences during Vivid Sydney 2017.

Following a sold-out series in 2016, Mike McEnearney curates a lineup featuring Australia’s most respected chefs — together with Creative Director Tony Assness, and Lee Tran Lam as Master of Ceremonies.

The Lab: Menu with Canon and Automata

This is the theme of the latest installment of Canon's The Lab series via Leo Burnett Sydney, which aims to shift creative thinking behind the lens. The latest episode, titled The Lab - Menu, sees three photographers challenged to create images inspired by a blind tasting experience at acclaimed Sydney restaurant Automata - with none other than founder and head chef, Clayton Wells.