Bare tables don't stop accolades rolling in for Restaurant Amuse


Bare tables don't stop accolades rolling in for Restaurant Amuse

Fine dining doesn't necessarily mean formal dining, says Hadleigh Troy, co-owner of Restaurant Amuse, which for the second year in a row will be competing in Savour Australia's National Restaurant of the Year awards after taking out the top gong for the Western Australia Metropolitan region.

The restaurant recently removed its white table cloths as part of a sustainability initiative with the City of Perth, but Troy says he hopes the move will also allow his diners to relax and feel a little more at home when dining at Amuse.

"We'd like people to relax a little bit more when they come into our restaurant. They still get a 10 course degustation but we want them to relax and have more fun. That’s our direction," Troy told Hospitality.

"We still want to cook and serve the way that we always have, we just want the guests to feel a little bit more relaxed when they come in."

The 2011 Savour Australia Restaurant & Catering Hostplus Awards for Excellence for WA were held on Monday night, with more than 90 restaurants and caterers recognised. Its now bare tables didn't stop Restaurant Amuse from also winning the Fine Dining category, and Mustard Catering was named Metro WA's Caterer of the Year.

Both venues will now compete with others across the country in the national finals in Sydney on 24 October.

Troy says his secret to success is constantly keeping the diners in mind, and ensuring that the whole restaurant team works together.

"We just work really hard and at the end of the day the bigger picture is the guest that’s coming through the door. It’s not the kitchen or the front of house, we try to move as one, because at the end of the day it’s the diners' night, not ours."

The Awards for Excellence were judged by a team of trained judges who anonymously visited the venues to determine the winners.

Other finalists and winners included:

Breakfast Restaurant

Bluewaters, Cottesloe Etro Bistro, Perth

WINNER - The Beaufort Street Merchant, Highgate

Witch’s Cauldron Restaurant, Subiaco

BYO Restaurant

WINNER - Nine Fine Food, Perth

The Manse Restaurant, Armadale

Café Restaurant

Bluewaters, Cottesloe

Etro Bistro, Perth

Globe Coffee House — Restaurant, South Perth

Mille Café, Inglewood

WINNER - Soda Café, North Beach

Tiamo Café Restaurant, Nedlands

White Salt, Sorrento

Contemporary Australian Restaurant — Formal

Dear Friends Restaurant, Caversham

WINNER - Red Cabbage Food & Wine, South Perth

Contemporary Australian Restaurant — Informal

WINNER - Fraser’s Restaurant, Kings Park

Penny Garden Restaurant, West Swan

Soda Sunlounge, North Beach

Witch’s Cauldron Restaurant, Subiaco

Fine Dining Restaurant

WINNER - Restaurant Amusé, East Perth

Friends Restaurant, East Perth

New Restaurant

Hayashi Japanese Restaurant, Midland

WINNER - Glasgow Curry House, Currambine

Restaurant in a Hotel

WINNER - Globe Wine Bar & Restaurant - Parmelia Hilton, Perth

CBD Restaurant — Rydges Hotel, Perth

Restaurant in a Pub / Club / Tavern

WINNER - The Beaufort Street Merchant, Highgate

The Breakwater, Hillarys

Restaurant in a Training Institute

Degrees Restaurant — Edith Cowan University, Joondalup

WINNER - Quinlan’s Training Restaurant — Challenger Institute, Fremantle

Restaurant in a Winery

Chesters Restaurant, Henley Brook

Sandalford Wines, Caversham

WINNER - Millbrook Winery, Jarrahdale

Black Swan Winery, Ellenbrook


Caterer at a Major Event

Beaumonde Catering — Polo in the Valley 2011

WINNER - Mustard Catering — Leeuwin Concert Series

Spices Catering — V8 Supercars Trading Post Perth Challenge

Corporate Caterer

WA Venue Catering

WINNER - Beaumonde Catering

Function / Convention Centre Caterer

WINNER - Perth Convention & Exhibition Centre, Perth

The Old Brewery, Perth

Sandalford Wines, Caversham

Industrial / Institutional Caterer

WINNER - Alliance Catering — City of Bayswater

Medirest (Australia) Pty Ltd — Osborne Contemporary Aged Care

New Caterer

WINNER - Chlaron Catering, Burswood Park Function Centre

Perth Platter Company

Site-Contract Caterer

Alliance Catering — Trinity College

BBB Remote Site Services — IHU Fitzroy Crossing Campsite

WINNER - ESS Support Service Worldwide — Port Haven

Small Caterer

WINNER - Chica Catering

Cosmic Cocktails

WA Venue Catering

Venue Caterer

AEG Ogden — Perth Concert Hall

Majic Catering — Burswood on Swan

WINNER - Mustard Catering — Patersons Stadium

AEG Ogden — His Majesty’s Theatre

AEG Ogden — State Theatre Centre of WA

Wedding Caterer in a Function Centre

Bluewater - Bluewater Function Centre

Spices Catering — Mulberry on Swan

WINNER - The Breakwater — Akoya Suite


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