South Perth: foreshore favourite Rambla on Swan dines out on more success

Hugh Brown (right) celebrating with Rambla on Swan staff at the Restaurant and Catering Association awards night.
Hugh Brown (right) celebrating with Rambla on Swan staff at the Restaurant and Catering Association awards night.

SOUTH Perth establishment Rambla on Swan has backed up its industry awards success by claiming a second-straight Restaurant of the Year award.

The riverfront restaurant also won category gongs at this year’s WA Restaurant and Catering Awards for contemporary Australian restaurant and function centre caterer.

When Rambla won the top award last year, head chef Richard Johnson professed his love for simple cooking.

After Monday’s wins, he reiterated his belief that the use of quality produce outweighed fancy construction in a successful restaurant kitchen.

“Our menu is simple, we use clean flavours and fresh ingredients to deliver quality dishes to our customers every time,” he said.

“Currently there is a lot of experimentation in cooking, but Rambla’s approach is to take a step back and let the food be the hero, not the chef.”

Rambla chef Richard Johnson’s dhufish dish.

Chief executive Hugh Brown praised the restaurant’s staff for providing consistency.

“There are so many elements to running a successful restaurant and event functions centre, but the most important element is our team,” he said.

“To win awards for the second year in a row demonstrates the ability of our team to produce a consistently excellent dining experience for Rambla on Swan’s customers.”

Another big winner on the night was Applecross cafe Nic and Kolo which was named Cafe of the Year, best cafe dining restaurant and best breakfast dining restaurant.

In all, 25 awards were presented to recognise WA’s leading restaurants, catering and hospitality businesses.

 

All the award winners

Restaurant of the Year – Rambla on Swan, South Perth

Café of the Year – Nic & Kolo, Applecross

Caterer of the Year – Beaumonde Catering, Bassendean

Lifetime Achiever – Steve Scaffidi

 

Restaurant Awards

Asian Restaurant –Dusit Dheva, Northbridge

Breakfast Restaurant – Nic & Kolo, Applecross

Café Dining – Nic & Kolo, Applecross

Contemporary Australian Restaurant – Rambla on Swan, South Perth

Indian / Sub-Continent Restaurant – Punjab Indian Restaurant, Innaloo

Informal Dining Restaurant –Bistro Felix Wine Bar, Subiaco

Pizza Restaurant – Ruocco’s Pizzeria E Ristorante, South Fremantle

Restaurant in a Winery – Sandalford Wines Restaurant, Caversham

Tourism Restaurant – Sandalford Wines Restaurant, Caversham

 

Catering Awards

Corporate Caterer – Spices Group, Wembley Downs

Events Caterer – honourable mention – Beaumonde Catering, Bassendean

Function / Convention Centre Caterer – Rambla on Swan, South Perth

Industrial / Institutional Caterer – Compass Group, Plantation ECU, Joondalup

New Caterer – honourable mention – Optus Stadium

Site-Contract Caterer – ESS Support Services Worldwide, Port Haven Village, Port Hedland

Small Caterer – honourable mention – Supper Road, Vasse

Venue Caterer – honourable mention – AEG Ogden, Perth Arena

Wedding Caterer – Supper Road, Vasse

 

Hospitality Awards

Chef – Jed Gerrard – State Buildings Wildflower

Product Supply – Ryan & Durey Solicitors

Consumer Vote – Cinnamon Vic Park, East Victoria Park