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Insider Highlights From The 2017 World's 50 Best Restaurants Awards In Melbourne

Insider Highlights From The 2017 World's 50 Best Restaurants Awards In Melbourne
Journy Admin

By now you know that New York City's Eleven Madison Park was dubbed 'best restaurant in the world' at 2017's World's 50 Best Restaurants awards in Melbourne. But there was so much more action than just what happened on stage. Journy co-founder Leiti Hsu was on the ground to catch it all. So what were some of the week's highlights?

Preston Fresh Seafood Retail

Crazy wild blue scampi caviar at QT Melbourne.

Gareth Sobey | Broadsheet

Wylie Dufresne's much-awaited doughnuts made their world debut at The Town Mouse (stay tuned for his soon-to-open Brooklyn doughnut shop!).


Ben Shewry chatted with Leiti about coaching his children's basketball team, eating Pizza Hut as a kid in New Zealand and cooking lasagna for his family.

Asia's 50 Best Restaurants

Gaggan Anand's (chef at Asia's #1 restaurant Gaggan) newest project will be a 12-seat restaurant in Fukuoka, Japan slated to open in 2021.

Trang Doan

"It's very sad when you go to a restaurant and you're sitting there and it's the same as any other…[but] I'm sure when [all of us chefs at World's 50 Best in Melbourne] go back home we'll be using finger limes. What one will with clams, the other will do with foie gras and the other will do with poultry." — Elena Arzak

Chin Chin

Brunch-authority Jeremy Jacobowitz of The Brunch Boys confirms: "Before I came to Melbourne everyone said: 'Go to Chin Chin.' Sometimes when something is hyped up so much it can't meet expectations [but] I thought their crab omelette was beyond."

More brunch recommendations: Auction Rooms, Square & Compass and Higher Ground.

Tourism Australia

Lune Croissanterie merits the hype (though the debate is still out on which is more delicious: the plain or savory croissants).

Jason Leung

Attendees confirmed that the "see-food diet" is indeed the best.

Amanda Rettke | I Am Baker

If Australians eat rainbow food (see pancakes above), they must be taking inspiration from nature.

César Del Río

Virgilio Martinez of Central in Lima, Peru insists that ceviche is perfect for both dinner and lunch (when Peruvians usually eat it).

The World’s 50 Best Restaurants | Eat Vacation

Will Guidara confirmed Eleven Madison Park's office is just like ours: "The kitchen is always perfect, and our office is just a disaster."

Want more? Check out all the highlights from last year's awards in New York—including Eleven Madison Park chef Daniel Humm's favorite NYC bite!

3 August 2018
3 min read

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