The shortlist for the 12th annual Restaurant & Bar Design Awards has been announced, after judges whittled 1072 entries down to a shortlist of 248 from 66 countries. This year, 16 Australian venues have been selected for the shortlist, including nine in Sydney, two in Melbourne, one in Perth and two on the Gold Coast.
The 36 judges – who include Broadsheet’s editorial director Katya Wachtel and luminaries such as Giovanni Paradiso (owner of Sydney’s Fratelli Paradiso), Wallpaper editor-in-chief Sarah Douglas and the Australian-born executive chef of London’s Spring restaurant, Skye Gyngell – voted on the best designs from a range of categories, such as cafe, hotel, luxury and pop-up.
Australian venues have done particularly well this year. In the Australia & Pacific Restaurant category, the following Sydney venues have been shortlisted: light and airy North Sydney diner Glorietta; lavish western Sydney restaurant Emu Hall; the revamped Bathers’ Pavilion in Mosman (which is also shortlisted in the ceiling and heritage building categories); Shutters at the newly renovated Coogee Crowne Plaza; the Luke Nguyen-led Botanic House; and the now-closed Vietnamese-fusion diner Forty Licks.
Also shortlisted in the restaurant category: Melbourne’s visionary brutalist diner Di Stasio Citta; the newly renovated Japanese dining hall Chocolate Buddha, in Melbourne’s Federation Square; and Eddy & Wolff on the Gold Coast.
There are some impressive shortlisted Antipodean bars, too: Songbird, which is located in Perth’s Ritz-Carlton; Hyde Paradiso in Surfers Paradise; The Cumberland, which is tucked away in Sydney’s Manly; and pretty bar-within-a-pub Tilly May’s, also in Sydney.
The winners of the 2020 awards will be announced during a ceremony broadcast from London on October 15. Entries this year covered an enormous variety of hospitality venues, including ships, museums, burger vans, Michelin-starred restaurants and pop-ups.