Queensland is renowned for its beaches, beautiful weather and the Great Barrier Reef but is it on the map as a destination for top restaurants? Not really according to the 2008 Australian Gourmet Traveller Australian restaurant guide recently released. The Courier Mail today posted an article where Restaurant and Catering Queensland CEO James Vissar said the result was “overwhelmingly disappointing.”
Out of 100 restaurants judged by AGT throughout Australia, the highest ranking QLD restaurant is Absynthe on the Gold Coast who came in at number 28. They were last year’s regional restaurant of the year winner. The top 24 restaurants in Australia was dominated by NSW and VIC.
The breakdown state by state was NSW had 44 restaurants nominated, VIC had 30, QLD 11, SA had 9, WA 4 and TAS had 2 restaurants featured in the top 100.
The Gold Coast had 6 restaurants featured in the guide- Absynthe (who placed 28th in the top 100), Chill on Tedder, Ristorante Fellini, Songbirds in the Forest, Vanitas and Vie.