A year of dining simplicity and maturity. That’s how editors Terry Durack and Joanna Savill summarised the year for this/next year’s Good Food Guide. (I’m sure the 2011 Guide was only out a few months ago. Maybe I just don’t get out enough.) As usual, there’s some up and downs in the Chefs Hat ratings that will cause some buzz in the big smoke, but as always we want to know about the Regional winners.

Regional Restaurant of the Year was Lochiel House at Kurrajong Heights. Terry Durack’s review of Lochiel House appeared in today’s (6/9/11)  SMH Good Living. Congratulations again to owners and chefs Anthony Milroy and Monique Maul.

(This Regional award’s sponsor seems uncertain each year. Last year it was Navman, this year it’s Gelattissmo. Vittorio seem to be the one stable supporter of the city awards, so where’s the country one? NSW Tourism maybe?)

There’s our our usual full list of venues and their websites below, but here’s the movers in the Regional list.

Going up .

Aubergine (Griffith,ACT)
No. 2 Oak Street (Bellingen)
Lochiel House at Kurrajong Heights


Biota Dining (Bowral)
Italian and Sons (Canberra) (Hmmm, they were one hat last year)
The Lanterne Rooms (Campbell ACT)
Racine Restaurant at La Colline (Orange)
restaurant deux (Newcastle) down last year, back this year
Terrace (Thredbo) skier chef  Hayden Ellerton at the Denman Hotel
Vulcans (Blackheath)  lost their hat last year, it’s back. No website but a Facebook page

Going Down.
Ashcrofts (Blackheath) and Waters Edge (Canberra) both lost their one hat from 2011.

The full One Hat list with links .

Bacchus (Newcastle)
Biota Dining (Bowral)
Bistro Molines (Mount View)
Caveau (Wollongong)
Darley’s (Katoomba)
Eschalot (Berrima)
Fins (Kingscliff)
Italian and Sons (Canberra), new one hat entry
The Lanterne Rooms (Campbell ACT)
Lolli Redini (Orange)
Manfredi at Bells (Killcare)
Muse (Pokolbin)
Neila (Cowra)
Ottoman Cuisine (Canberra)
Restaurant Como (Blaxland)
Satiate (Bangalow)
restaurant deux (Newcastle)
Terrace (Thredbo)
Vulcans (Blackheath)
Zest (Nelson Bay)
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