Vasse Felix Awarded Top Restaurant Gong at 2021 WA Good Food Guide Awards
We were thrilled with the results announced at the 2021 WA Good Food Guide Awards (WAGFG) last night. A very well deserved congratulations to the Vasse Felix Restaurant team and Head Chef Brendan Pratt, who were awarded Restaurant of the Year and Regional Chef of the Year respectively. The WA Good Food Guide Top 100 Restaurants list is generated from over 5,000 restaurants in Western Australia.
When accepting the award, Restaurant Manager Caleb Dreaver acknowledged the Estate's established experience in the hospitality industry; “The Vasse Felix restaurant is over 30 years old and has been built by the hard work, persistence and commitment to excellence of many hands before ours. Thank you to all those that came before us. Thank you to our team, a group of absolute professionals and more importantly, great people. Thank you to our owners, the Holmes à Court family, for entrusting us with this legacy and continuing to invest in it. We are blessed to have such an amazing playground in which we get to do what we love. Thank you to the WAGFG. To Georgia and her team, you have breathed new life into the awards and we, the industry are grateful. Thank you to WA hospitality – what a thriving and supportive community it is.”
On Vasse Felix winning this prestigious award, the WAGFG judges said;
“There are periods in a restaurant’s lifetime where every element comes together to create an experience for the diner that is a synthesis of everything that is right and good about eating out. If 2021 is anything to go by, Vasse Felix is smack bang in the middle of it. Is it the warm service? The way the estate wines – from entry level, to rare and exclusive, to curiosities – are each given their due? The elegance and airiness of the room?
The answer, surely, is all of the above. Then there’s the food, which has found real focus and clarity under Brendan Pratt, a chef whose always had the skills, but who’s ideas now seem clearer, more refined. He’ll draw on the state’s best produce – much of it from Margaret River – then take it in new and unexpected directions. It’s a bold chef who’ll pair Rose Mallee beef with tallow-enriched milk, taramasalata and radicchio, for example, or use toothfish twice on a menu. But Pratt not only makes it work, he does it in ways that reframe the conversation. A shining light.”
A huge congratulations to all of the outstanding venues in the 2021 WA Good Food Guide Top 100. Explore the full list here.