The votes have been tallied, the results are in, and here are Australia's Top 100 restaurants for 2016, listed in order from 1 to 100. And what a brilliant bunch it is. The unique nature of these Awards calls for huge congratulations to every restaurant on the list, as they have been elected by their peers, the chefs and restaurateurs of Australia.
It's exciting to note the lively mix of high-end diners, rustic regional kitchens, hip inner-urban bistros and late-night wine bars in this, the second year of The Australian Financial Review Australia's Top Restaurants presented by Qantas.
It means great dining is increasingly available at every level across Australia, built on top produce, flavour, skill, seasonality, creativity and an ever-stronger sense of place.
So, Australia's Top 100 Restaurants, take a bow. You've made dining out in Australia in 2016 more exciting than ever.
Automata is crowned no. 9 of this year's AFR Top 100 Restaurants, making it not only on the top 100 list, but also ensuring a spot in the top 10 Australian restaurants.
"Former Momofuku sous-chef Clayton Wells gets his own gig at Loh Lik Peng's innovative repurposing of The Old Clare Hotel project in Chippendale. The steampunk two-level space mixes heavy-metal and street-glam, and the five-course fixed-price menu is at once intriguing, minimalist and delicious. Tim Watkin's fresh, mostly natural wine list is a good match for storm clams with rosemary dashi and fried fish skin or hapuku fillet cloaked in laver".