03 December 2013

Inaugural Sydney Food Bloggers Choice Awards 2013: Winners announced (29 Nov 2013)

Favourite Eats around Sydney

Winners of the Inaugural Sydney Food Bloggers Choice Awards were announced on Friday 29 November at Ruby & Rach Deli amongst an intimate mix of food bloggers, PR agencies, chefs, passionate foodies and nominees. Nominations were open from 1 Oct 2013 and closed 22 Nov 2013. The highest number of nominations won each category. Nominations with the same number of highest votes shared the win. 950 nominations were received from 44 food bloggers for 40 categories. Overall there were some clear winners like Gelato Messina for Favourite Gelato receiving 27 of the 37 nominations and Mamak for Favourite Roti receiving 22 of the 28 nominations. Other popular winners that received over 50% of the nominations in their category were El Jannah for Favourite Charcoal Chicken, Sparkle Cupcakery for Favourite Cupcakes and Hurricane's Grill for Favourite Ribs. Popular categories that received the highest number of nominations from food bloggers was Favourite Coffee, Favourite Gelato, Favourite Macaron, Favourite Pizza, Favourite Pho, Favourite Ramen and Favourite Yum Cha. Hong Ha and Marrickville Pork Roll shared the award for Favourite Banh Mi while other clear winners were Malay-Chinese Takeaway for Favourite Laksa, Bills for Favourite Pancakes, The Morrison for Favourite Oysters and Gumshara Ramen for Favourite Ramen. 

Double winners were El Jannah for Favourite Charcoal Chicken and Favourite Falafel, El Loco for Favourite Hot Dog and Favourite Taco, and Sepia taking out Favourite Degustation and Favourite Hatted Restaurant in Sydney. A notable close second place by only one vote goes to Restaurant Atelier for Favourite Degustation, Baroque/La Renaissance for Favourite Macarons, and Campos and Circa Espresso for Favourite Coffee. Adriano Zumbo took out the award for Favourite Macaron and Coffee Alchemy won the caffeine hearts for Favourite Coffee. Other popular winners were Brooklyn Boy Bagels for Favourite Bagel, Chur Burger for Favourite Cheeseburger, Jackie M for Favourite Char Kway Teow, Temasek for Favourite Chicken Rice, Bourke Street Bakery for Favourite Croissant, The Pie Tin for Favourite Pie and Ruby & Rach Deli for Favourite Reuben Sandwich. I'm personally looking forward to checking out Pho Tau Bay which won Favourite Pho and Via Napoli Pizzeria which won Favourite Pizza. For those looking for a good Japanese pancake you might find it at Jugemu & Shimbashi that took out the title of Favourite Okonomiyaki. Favourite Duck Pancakes was won by BBQ King and for those looking for a good churros you'll find them at MoVida Sydney which was the winner amongst nine places nominated.

A huge personal thank you to all the food bloggers who supported the awards with their nominations. I have a certificate for all the winners which will hopefully make its way into the rightful hands soon and feel free to use the badges below on social media if required. I’ve certainly discovered a lot of new places to check out. And a special thank you to all those that took the time to come along to the announcement night including:
Bob - www.jugernauts.com
Vivian - vxdollface.tumblr.com 
Vanny - nessyeater.wordpress.com 
Annie - therandomfoodie.blogspot.com.au
Elena - elliesbellyadventures.blogspot.com.au 
Ceire - ceireskitchen.com 
Marie & Paul - hurricanesgrill.com.au 
Rhys - rhysbarrington.com
Roberta - www.writeaway.com.au
Michael & Roy - www.menatworkcomms.com.au 
Tony - Ruby & Rach Deli who kindly provided the venue space 

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Hurricane's Grill wins Favourite Ribs

Fun loving group of foodies

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Full listing of winners and nominations:
Number in brackets is the number of votes received in each category

Favourite Bacon & Egg
Bowens' at Orange Grove Market (4)
Bacino, Bird Cow Fish at Eveleigh Farmers Market, Caffé Due Mondi, Caravan in Centennial Park, Circa Espresso, Devon Café (2), Kepos St Kitchen, The Baron, The Grounds of Alexandria, West Juliett, With chilli jam at the Good Living Growers’ Market

Favourite Bagel
Brooklyn Boy Bagels (6)
Brooklyn Hide (3), Fish Place, Great Bagel & Coffee Co, Iggy’s Bread, Wellington Cake Shop

Favourite Banh Mi
Hong Ha (7), Marrickville Pork Roll (7)
Banh Mi Bay Ngo, Kim Thanh Hot Bread, King’s, Leanly Hot Bread, Nam Fong, Phat Harry’s, Pho Hein, POKLOL (2), Rolls Vietnam (2), Viet Hoa Hot Bread, Vinata’s Hot Bread (2), Xcel Roll

Favourite Char Kway Teow
Jackie M Malaysian Cuisine (6)
Albee’s Kitchen, Chinta Ria, Temple of Love, Makan @ Alices, Malacca Straits, Malay-Chinese Takeaway (2), Petaling Street Malaysian Hawker Food (5), Temasek, Sassy's Red, To’s Malaysian Gourmet

Favourite Cheeseburger (Beef)
Chur Burger (9)
Bonarche Burgers (3), Grill’d, Ish Milk Bar, Mary’s (6), Moo Gourmet Burgers (2), Rabbit Hole Bar and Dining, Rockpool Bar & Grill, Royal Albert Hotel, The Dip, The Fish Shop (2), The Norfolk

Favourite Chicken (Deep Fried)
NaruOne (6)
Arisun (2), Beschico, Hartsyard (3), Jazz City Diner, KFC (3), Mary’s (2), Mizuya, Red Pepper, Shortgrain, Stra Pocha

Favourite Chicken (Charcoal)
El Jananh (14)
Boronia Park Gourmet Charcoal Chicken & Salad, Charcoal Kingdom, Chargrill Charlie’s, Frango (3), Hariri Charcoal Chickens, Hawa charcoal chicken, Hot Rocks, Jasmin 1, Jibrils, Lashing’s, Nando’s, Silvas

Favourite Chicken Rice (Hainanese)
Temasek (6)
Albee’s Kitchen, Fat Noodle, Ginger & Spice (2), Ipoh on York (2), Malacca Straits (2), May's Laksa House, Petaling Street Malaysian Hawker Food (3), Sambal, Sayong Curry & Laksa Malaysian Cuisine, Singapore Shiok, Yo Chinese

Favourite Chicken Schnitzel Sandwich
Big Bite On Pitt (2), The Sandwich Shop (2), Via Abercrombie (2)
Boom Banana, Chargrill Charlie’s, City Edge Café, Luxe, Malibu, Simply Sandwiches

Favourite Churros
MoVida Sydney (4)
Chocolateria San Churro (2), Despana, Dos Churros, El Bulli, El Loco (3), Foley Lane, Kepos Street Kitchen, MooBerry (3)

Favourite Coffee
Coffee Alchemy (5)
Café Brioso Coffee Cart at UNSW, Campos (4), Circa Espresso (4), Deluca, Devon Café, Dose Espresso, Double Barrel Coffee Merchants (2), Double Roasters, Duke’s Lounge, Espresso Organica, Fragrance Coffee Lab, Il Caffitteno, Jack of Hearts & Jude, Mecca Espresso, Paramount Coffee Project, Project8 Café, Rag Land Café, Reubin Hills, Runcible Spoon, Single Origin Roasters (3) , The Grounds of Alexandria, Workshop Espresso

Favourite Croissant
Bourke Street Bakery (6)
Black Star Pastry (3), Brasserie Bread (2), Croquembouche Patisserie, Flour and Stone (2), La Banette Pâtisserie, Lorraine’s Patisserie, Luxe, Palomino Espresso, Penny Fours, Sheperd’s Bakehouse, Strawberry Fields

Favourite Cupcakes
Sparkle Cupcakery (9)
Ghermez (4), The Cupcake Bakery (3), The Rag Land Café

Favourite Duck Pancakes
BBQ King (4)
China Doll, China Republic, Dan House, Dan’s house CBD, Golden Century Seafood Restaurant, Golden Unicorn, Imperial Peking Harbourside, Iron Chef Seafood Restaurant (2), Kensington Peking (2), Mr Wong, Peking Inn, Sunny Harbour Seafood Restaurant, The Eight, Waitan, Zilver

Favourite Dumplings (Potstickers)
Din Tai Fung (7)
Chinese Noodle House (2), Dumpling & Noodle House, Lotus Dumpling Bar, Marigold, New Shanghai (2), Sea Bay (2), Shanghai Night (3), Taste of Shanghai (2), The Eight

Favourite Falafel
El Jannah (4)
Al Aseel, Brothers, Fatima Lebanese Restaurant, Franks Lebanese Restaurant (2), Jasmin 1 Lebanese Restaurant, Chesterhill, Jasmin One Lebanese Restaurant, Punchbowl (3), Jasmine 1, Auburn, Jasmins Lebanese Restaurant, Lakemba (2), Kepos St Kitchen, Palomino, Sabbaba (2), Safi Middle Eastern Dining, Sammy’s Lebanese Restaurant, Uni Brothers USYD, Yummba

Favourite Fish & Chips
Ocean Foods (4)
4 Pines Brewery, Bondi’s Best Seafood (2), Bottom of the Harbour, Chish N Fips, Fish Place (3), Fishface, Fishmongers (2), Garfish, Psari Shop, Ripples, Ripples, Saltwater Seafoods, Something Fishy, Sydney Fish Market (2)

Favourite Gelato
Gelato Messina (27)
Caffe Bom, Cow & The Moon (3), Gelatissimo, Gelato Blue, Gelatomassi, Grand Gelato, N2 Extreme Gelato (2), Pompeii, Riva Reno

Favourite Hot Chips
Charlie & Co (3)
Antoine’s Grill, Boronia Park Gourmet Charcoal Chicken & Salad, Cafe Lounge, Campsie Charcoal Chicken, Chur Burger, Drink Better Wine, El Jannah (2), El Loco, Frango Charcoal Chicken, Petersham, Hartsyard, Kepos Street Kitchen, Lord of the Fries (2), McDonald’s, Mary’s, Mascot Charcoal Chicken, Mr Crackles, Rabbit Hole Bar and Dining, Snag Stand, The Beresford, Tomislav

Favourite Hot Dog
El Loco (7)
Al Carbón, Chanoma Café, Harry’s Cafe de Wheels (5), Mr Crackles, Snag Stand (6), The Dip (3)

Favourite Kebab
Brothers Kebab (2), Istanbul on King (2)
Auburn Kebab House, Crescent Star, Erciyes, Kebab Time, Lebanon and Beyond, Rowda Ya Habibi, Saray, Souvlkai Bar, Sydney Kebab, Uni Brothers USYD

Favourite Laksa
Malay-Chinese Takeaway (11)
Cao Thang, Ipoh on York, Jimmy’s Recipe (5), Kaki Lima, Malacca Straits, Petaling Street Malaysian Hawker Food, Satay Delight, UNSW

Favourite Macaron
Adriano Zumbo (10)
Baroque / Le Renaissance (8), Café Cre Asian (7), Croquembouche Patisserie, Ladurée (2), MakMak (5)

Favourite Okonomiyaki
Jugemu & Shimbashi (3)
Ichi-Ban Boshi, Ju-Rin, Kura, Nishiki Wagyu Yakiniku, Sushi Hotaru

Favourite Oysters
The Morrison (8)
Fish At The Rocks, Flying Fish, Sydney Fish Market, The Boathouse on Blackwattle Bay (2), The Sydney Cove Oyster Bar (3)

Favourite Pancakes
Bills (9)
Booth St Bistro (2), CaféISM, Cowbell 808, Four ate Five, Pancakes on the Rocks (5)

Favourite Pie
The Pie Tin (12)
Black Star Pastry (4), Bourke St Bakery, Chiswick, Claires Kitchen at Le Salon, Harry’s Cafe de Wheels (4), House of pie, Oatley Pies, Pie Face

Favourite Pizza
Via Napoli Pizzeria (6)
Aperitivo, Bondi Pizza (2), Caffe Roma, Coffee Warehouse and Deli, Criniti’s, Crust, Dolcissimo, Encasa, Frankie’s Pizza (2), La Disfida (2), La Rosa Bar Pizza, Lucio Pizzeria (5), Mario’s, Mina Bakery, Napoli in Bocca, Pedro’s Pizza, Pizza e Birra, Pizza Mario (2), Pizza Moncur, Rosso Pomodoro (2)

Favourite Pho
Pho Tau Bay (7)
An Restaurant (5), Bau Truong, Madame Nhu’s, Nam Viet, Naughty Chef, Old Thanh Huong (2), PHD (Pho Hai Duong), Pho An, Pho Hein, Pho Minh, Pho Pasteur (5), PHO88, Tan Viet Noodle House (2), Yen for Viet

Favourite Ramen
Gumshara Ramen (11)
Hakata-Maru Ramen, Ichiban Boshi, Ippudo Sydney (5), Ishi Ban Boshi, Manmaruya, Menya (4), Rahmen Genki, Ramen Ikkyu (3), Ramen Kan, Ramen Zundo, Ryo’s (2), Zenya

Favourite Reuben Sandwich
Ruby & Rach Deli (5)
2042 Cafe & Deli, Bridge St Garage, Café Boheme, Essen (2), Felix, Reuben & Moore (3), Reuben Hills (2)

Favourite Ribs
Hurricane’s Grill (14)
café ish, Henson Hotel, I’m Angus, Ippudo Sydney, Memphis Wings, MUMU Grill (2), Petaling Street Malaysian Hawker Food, Porteno, Ribs & Burgers, Sauce Bar & Grill, Toko

Favourite Roti
Mamak (22)
Chef Gallery, Jackie M (2), Malacca Straits (2), Sentosa

Favourite Salt & Pepper Squid
Ginger & Shallots (2), Golden Century (2)
Bavarian Bier Cafe, BBQ King, BJ Espresso Marrickville, Green Peppercorn, Hai Au Lang Nuong, Holy Basil, Iron Chef Seafood Restaurant, James Bistro, Kingsford Chinese Restaurant, Malacca Straits, Ocean Foods, Red Lantern, Spiedo, Summer House, Thanh Binh, That dodgy place in Marrickville whose name I don’t know, The Winery

Favourite Steak
Mumu Grill (3)
Antoine’s Grill, Black by Ezard (2), Chophouse (2), Darley St Bistro, Fix St James, Golden Century, Grasshopper Bar, Hurricane’s Grill, Le Pub, Mere Catherine, Oaks Hotel, Outback Steakhouse (2), Prime at GPO Sydney, Rockpool Restaurant, Rockpool Bar & Grill (2), The Cut, The Meat and Wine Co

Favourite Taco
El Loco (8)
Al Carbon (2), Barrio Chino, El Topo, La Lupita (3), MadMex, Mejico (4), Mexico: Food & Liquor (5), Mumu Grill, Sake Restaurant - Sashimi Taco, The Norfolk Hotel (2)

Favourite Degustation
Sepia (5)
Bentley Restaurant and Bar, Bishop Sessa, est., Marque (3), Momofuku Seiobo (2), Quay (3), Restaurant Atelier (4), Sixpenny, Tetsuya’s (2), Tomislav

Favourite Hatted Restaurant
Sepia (9)
est. (3), Guillaume at Bennelong (2), Hartsyard (2), Longrain Restaurant & Bar, Marque, MoVida Sydney, Mr Wong, Porteno, Quay, Rockpool Restaurant, Rockpool Bar & Grill, Sake, Sixpenny, Tetsuya’s (2), The Bridge Room

Favourite Vegetarian Restaurant
Govinda's (3), Loving Hut (3), Yulli’s (3)
Blossom Lotus, Bodhi’s, Green Gourmet (2), Green Palace Thai Vegetarian, Me & Art, Mother Chu’s Vegetarian Kitchen (2), Nourishing Quarter (2), Peace Harmony (2), Tian Ci Vegetarian Restaurant (2)

Favourite Yum Cha Restaurant
Phoenix (5)
Bodhi’s, Crystal Seafood reataurant, Dynasty, Canterbury Leagues Club, Fortune Palace, Golden Unicorn, Iron Chef (2), Kamfook, Marigold (4), Mr Wong, Palace Chinese (2), South Juniors, Sunny Harbour Seafood Restaurant (3), Tingha Palace, The Eight, Vinh Phat (2), Zilver (2)

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Mel said...

Glad to see some of my nominations made it on to the winning list! And there's place there that are totally new to me too...

sara | Belly Rumbles said...

Well done on pulling this all together Simon. Sorry I couldn't make it on the night, but was there with you in spirit.

Anonymous said...

Happy to see several of my nominations on the list though don't see myself on the list of supported bloggers...hmm...

gaby @ lateraleating said...

Good stuff, now I know where to go :)

TheWhiteStuff said...

well done Simon - a mighty effort - and some great categories and wins.

Milktea Eats said...

thank you for all the hard work! my to eat list just got significantly longer!

irene said...

Thank you so much for your hard work, Simon! Totally gonna check each one of the winners :)

ChopinandMysaucepan said...

Dear Simon,

Great work and this reveals some very clear and obvious winners. But it also proves good food can be so subjective and so many variables affecting its delivery.

Hats off to all the winners for making Sydney a melting pot for food lovers. Lets not forget there are so many more undiscovered gems too.

Tony Hollingsworth said...

Outstanding effort pulling this together - you amaze me. Look forward to trying out all these noms at some stage.


Unknown said...

Thank you so much for taking the time out to compile this list! Well done, and sorry I couldn't make it that night!

Trent @ Food Assault said...

Thanks for the great list and event.....looking forward to trying out some new places and participating next year.

Becca said...

Congrats to everyone!They all deserve to that place. Keep it up!

Chris @ MAB vs Food said...

Thanks for compiling these lists. I enjoyed filling out the ballot and I hope to check out as many of these places as possible

MadamWu said...

Great summary. Good to see that many of the winners have been previously reviewed and recommended by you! Finger on the pulse!

Simon Leong said...

hi melanie, i noticed the same thing for my nominations plus plenty of new places to check out which is great

hi sara, no worries, i knew you were there in spirit :-)

hi angelica, all fixed now. thanks for being part of the nominations.

hi gaby, hehe me too

hi the white stuff, thanks for your support and kind words

hi amy, it was my pleasure and my wishlist got bigger too. we should start a tour :-)

hi irene, thanks for the support. hope you get to check out all the winners soon

hi chopinandmysaucepan, here's hoping we discover many more gems for the next choice awards

hi tony, thanks for your support and there's plenty of noms around the city for a lunch catchup

hi tammi, thanks for your support and hopefully you'll be able to come along to next years choice awards night

hi trent, looking forward to you participating next year. be sure to keep a note of all your favourite eats over the year.

hi becca, definitely congrats all round for the winners and also anyone else nominated.

hi chris, great to hear the ballot was easy to fill out and look forward to your nominations for next years awards

hi madam wu, glad to see many of my favourites are also loved by other food bloggers. hopefully we can get you on board next year from a broad :-)

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