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.”
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
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
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
Chef – Jed Gerrard – State Buildings Wildflower
Product Supply – Ryan & Durey Solicitors
Consumer Vote – Cinnamon Vic Park, East Victoria Park