By Carolina Holzmeister

Summary:

The present paper aims to explore the food options present on menus of Contemporary Australian restaurants.

In order to quantitatively address this issue, 40 menus of contemporary restaurants in Sydney and Melbourne were evaluated. The distinctive food choices of Sydney and Melbourne-based diners were examined and the significant differences between cities were compared.

The results show that the most prevalent choices on current menus by order of importance were seafood and beef. Game meats and vegan options were the most unpopular choices on menus in Sydney and Melbourne.

 Viewpoints from Aussie Cuisine

  • The speculative reasons for the rise of the seafood and beef options and the shortage of the game choices on menus were mainly economical, as a result of produce supply and demand. Other factors, such as perception of quality (beef), affordability (beef) and versatility (beef) and non-preference for flavour profile (kangaroo) may have influenced the results.

  • In regards to the difference in numbers in Melbourne and Sydney, there is also a hypothesis of cultural factors, such as the outdoors lifestyle in Sydney (seafood) and the historically more diverse immigration in Melbourne, playing a role on the results of menus.

  • Vegetarian choices, in particular vegan, are scarce on menus and chefs require creativity to produce vegetarian and vegan-friendly dishes rather than substituting animal products accordingly.

Method:

Samples of 20 online menus of contemporary restaurants in Sydney and 20 online menus of restaurants in Melbourne were collected. The restaurants were randomly chosen based on their cuisine style (Contemporary) and their diverse score according to the Gault&Millau 2017 Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Canberra Restaurant Guide (Gubler & Dorrell, 2016).

The Gault&Millau evaluation system is based on independent written reviews, which are responsible for scoring restaurants out of 20 points and awarding them with the corresponding number of hats. 20 points is equivalent to five gold hats, 18.5 to 19 points is equivalent of five hats, 17 to 18.4 points is equivalent of four hats, 15 to 16 points is equivalent of three hats, 13 to 14 points is equivalent of two hats and 11 to 12 points is equivalent of one hat.

The 20 chosen Sydney-based restaurants and their respective score according to the Gault&Millau 2017 restaurant guide (Gubler & Dorrell, 2016) are listed below by alphabetical order:

  • Altitude – 15 points – three hats
  • Bennelong – 17 points – four hats
  • Bentley Restaurant + Bar – 16 points – three hats
  • bills Bondi – 14 points – two hats
  • Bishop Sessa – 15 points – three hats
  • Catalina – 16 points– three hats
  • Chiswick – 15 points – three hats
  • 4fourteen – 16 points – three hats
  • Gastro Park – 18 points – five hats
  • Jonah’s Restaurant – 16 points– three hats
  • Nomad – 15 points – three hats
  • O Bar and Dining – 15 points – three hats
  • One Penny Red – 15 points – three hats
  • Public Dining Room – 14 points – two hats
  • Quay – 17 points – four hats
  • Rockpool Bar & Grill – 16 points – three hats
  • The Bellevue Dining Room – 13 points – two hats
  • The Bridge Room – 17 points – four hats
  • The Gantry Restaurant & Bar – 14 points – two hats
  • The Hill Eatery – 11 points– one hat

The 20 chosen Melbourne-based restaurants and their respective score according to the Gault&Millau 2017 restaurant guide (Gubler & Dorrell, 2016) are listed below by alphabetical order:

  • Circa – 16 points– three hats
  • Cutler and Co – 16 points – three hats
  • Dinner by Heston Blumenthal – 17 points – four hats
  • Dish – 13 points – two hats
  • Donovans – 16 points – three hats
  • ezard – 18 points– four hats
  • Fabulous Fine Food – 12 points – one hat
  • Lord Cardigan – 14 points – two hats
  • Matteo’s – 15 points – three hats
  • Meat Fish Wine – 13 points – two hats
  • Mercer’s Restaurant – 14 points – two hats
  • Mr Hive Kitchen & Bar – 14 points – two hats
  • No 35 – 15 points – three hats
  • Pei Modern – 13 points – two hats
  • Pope Joan – 13 points – two hats
  • Saint Crispin – 15 points – three hats
  • Syracuse Wine Bar & Restaurant – 14 points – two hats
  • The Graham – 14 points – two hats
  • The Metropolitan Hotel – 12 points – one hat
  • The Point Albert Park – 15 points – three hats

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Food choices on Sydney and Melbourne restaurant menus