The winners of Dish of the Year 2017

As the Australian foodservice sector continues to out shine itself in terms of new and exciting fare, flavours and flair, it is easy for the classic and the simple to go overlooked.

But no longer! Foodservice magazine’s annual Dish of the Year competition celebrates the quiet champions of our casual dining sphere.

Following the casting of votes by both the industry and the public across five different categories, our team of judges have spent the past few months eating in venues across the country. The looked high and low for dishes that bring to the proverbial table creativity, vibrancy and just damn deliciousness. And they have made their final decisions.

Drum roll please. The 2017 Dish of the Year results are in...

BEST BURGER
BEST FISH & CHIPS
BEST PIZZA
BEST BREAKFAST ROLL
BEST SALAD

Who scored the top gongs for 2017?

Burger Got Soul's Tassie Tempter, foodservice's 2017 Best Burger.

BEST BURGER
Sponsored by Tip Top

BURGER GOT SOUL’S TASSIE TEMPTER
Serves 1

1 lean beef pattie
2 slices cheddar cheese
3 crispy trim bacon
1 free range egg
2 slices of beetroot
Lettuce
4 slices of tomato
1 tbsp tomato relish
1 tbsp mayonnaise
1 wholegrain bun

METHOD

  • Place the pattie on a hot grill and cook for 5 minutes. Flip and grill for another 5 minutes so that it’s cooked in the centre but remains juicy. Meanwhile, add the bacon to the grill and cook until crispy.
  • Heat a small frying pan over a medium-high heat, crack the egg. Cook for 2 minutes or until cooked to your liking.
  • Cut the bun in half and toast lightly. Next, coat the base with a tablespoon of tomato relish. Then add the beef pattie, crispy bacon, cheddar cheese, egg, beetroot, tomato, and lettuce. Coat the top bun with mayonnaise. Serve immediately.

BURGER GOT SOUL

160 Sandy Bay Road
Sandy Bay TAS 7005

Phone: (03) 6223 5559

burgergotsoul.com

THE FINALISTS

  • Of Wolf and Man by Skipping Girl Takeaway (Melbourne)
  • The Grosvenor by St Kilda Burger Bar (Melbourne)
Blu by Australian Seafood's grilled barramundi combo, foodservice's Best Fish & Chips 2017.

BEST FISH & CHIPS

Sponsored by Magnesol

BLU BY AUSTRALIAN SEAFOOD’S GRILLED BARRAMUNDI COMBO
Serves 1

150 g fillet of Australian barramundi
Plain flour
Oil
Salt
Pepper
225 g chips
1 serving of Blu by Australian Seafood’s secret lemon sauce

METHOD

  • Preheat grill to medium-high.
  • Prepare the barramundi by sprinkling the fillet with salt and pepper, and then dust with flour. On a hot grill, add a good lug of oil before placing the fish and cook for 2 minutes. Flip and cook for a further 2-3 minutes, or longer for crispy skin.
  • In a deep fryer, cook a serving of chips until golden brown. Remove and allow to drain.
  • To serve, place the fillet of barramundi on a plate with the chips on the side. Drizzle over with the lemon sauce.

BLU BY AUSTRALIA SEAFOOD

146 Gaffney Street

Coburg North VIC 3058

Phone:(03) 9354 1947
blubyasg.com.au

THE FINALISTS

  • Beer battered NZ hoki and handcut chips by Fish & Co (Sydney)
  • Flake and chips by The Fish Tank (Melbourne)
90 Secondi's novanta secondi pizza, foodservice's Best Pizza 2017. Photography: Vivek Jagatheson

BEST PIZZA

SPONSORED BY FONTERRA FOODSERVICE

90 SECONDI’S NOVANTA SECONDI PIZZA

PIZZA BASE
Makes 10 pizza bases

1.55 kg of fine grade Italian caputo flour
1 g fresh yeast
50 g salt
1 l water

METHOD

  • To make the pizza base, combine the flour, yeast and salt in the mixing bowl of a stand mixer. Stir before adding the water. With a dough hook, mix on low for 18 minutes. Then allow to proof for 36 hours. Shape the dough into ten balls, cover and let rest for another 12 hours in a cool spot. When ready, carefully take out a dough and gently stretch into the desired shape for the base on a baking tray.

PORCINI TOPPING 

500 g porcini
4 cloves garlic, peeled and finely chopped
Handful of fresh parsley
Handful of fresh thyme
1 ladle of vegetable stock
Salt, to taste
Pepper, to taste
1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
Fior di latte cheese
18 month old Prosciutto di Parma, thinly sliced
White truffle oil

METHOD

  • Heat a saucepan on a low heat, and add the extra virgin olive oil. Add the garlic and cook until golden. Add the rest of ingredients and cook for 15 minutes. Remove from the heat and blend. Set aside to rest for 12 hours.
  • Preheat the oven to 400-450ºC.
  • On a stretched out pizza base, spread the porcini sauce evenly and sprinkle over with some fior di latte cheese. Place the pizza tray in the oven and bake for 90 seconds.
  • Top the pizza with several slices of the Prosciutto di Parma. Add a handful of rocket leaves to the middle, and drizzle white truffle oil.

90 SECONDI
284A Bay Street
Brighton VIC 3186

Phone: (03) 9596 6996
90
90secondi.com.au

THE FINALISTS

  • Margharita by Pinochios (Gosford)
  • Vegetariana by Kneading Ruby (Wollongong)
Rising Sun Workshop's hokkaido milk bun with bacon, egg, cheese and kimslaw, foodservice'sBest Breaky Roll 2017.

BEST BREAKFAST ROLL
SPONSORED BY SPEEDIBAKE

RISING SUN WORKSHOP’S HOKKAIDO MILK BUN WITH BACON, EGG, CHEESE AND KIMSLAW

STARTER

45 g bread flour
120 ml milk
120 ml water

METHOD

  • To make the the starter, begin combining all the ingredients in a saucepan and whisk until no lumps remain. Place the saucepan over medium heat for approximately 5 minutes. Whisk continuously until the mixture thickens and the whisk leaves ‘lines’. Remove from the heat and transfer the starter to a small bowl. Directly contact cling wrap the mixture and allow to cool to room temperature.

DOUGH

325 g bread flour
½ cup starter
60 g sugar
7 g dry yeast
1 tbsp non-fat milk powder
1 tsp salt
1 egg, at room temperature and lightly whisked
120 ml milk, at room temperature
60 g of softened, unsalted butter
1 tbsp cream
Sesame seeds and nigella seeds for sprinkling

METHOD

  • In a stand mixer bowl, add the flour, milk powder, yeast, sugar and salt and mix well. Add the starter, egg, milk, butter and cream. Using the dough hook attachment, knead on low for 5 minutes. Then increase speed to medium for a further 5 minutes. Cover with plastic warp and rest for 1 hour.
  • Line a baking tray with greased paper. Divide the dough into equally shaped balls, roughly the size of a tennis ball and arrange on the tray. Cover with plastic wrap and rest for 40 minutes.
  • Preheat the oven to 180ºC. Brush the dough with the cream and sprinkle the seeds over the top. Bake for 35 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 87ºC.

FILLINGS

1 free range egg
1 slice American cheese
3-4 rashers of smoked streaky bacon
Rising Sun Special Sauce: 1 cup Japanese mayonnaise, 1 tbsp Knorr Aromat seasoning, 2 tbsp Sriracha. In a small bowl, add all of the ingredients and mix well. Set aside.
Kimslaw: 4 cups finely shredded wombok (Chinese cabbage), 2-3 tbsp kimchi, puréed (homemade or premade)

METHOD

  • Begin by making the Rising Sun special sauce. In a small bowl, add the Japanese mayonnaise, Knorr Aromat seasoning and Sriracha. Mix well and set aside.
  • To make the kimslaw, purée the kimchi in a small bowl. Add the shredded wombok and combine well. Set aside.
  • Cook the egg in an immersion circulator for 45 minutes at 64ºC.
  • Heat a pan on low heat and melt a small knob of butter. Cut the buns horizontally and toast in the pan. Remove from the heat and keep warm.
  • Fry the bacon till crispy. Crack the egg into the pan and sear on one side. Carefully flip and top with a cheese slice. Sear until the cheese has melted over egg.
  • To assemble, cover the bottom bun with kimslaw. Add the bacon, then the cheesy egg. Squirt a little extra special sauce on top and cover with the top bun.

RISING SUN WORKSHOP
1C Whateley Street
Newtown NSW 2042

Phone: 02) 9550 3891

risingsunworkshop.com

THE FINALISTS

  • Scrambled egg and chorizo wrap by Cafe 70 (Sydney)
  • Breakfast burrito with chorizo, potato, capsicum, tomato salsa and guacamole by Four Seasons Hotel (Sydney)
Henry and the Fox's Toulouse sausage salad with champagne vinaigrette, foodservice's Best Salad 2017.

BEST SALAD

SPONSORED BY BIRCH & WAITE

HENRY AND THE FOX’S TOULOUSE SAUSAGE SALAD WITH CHAMPAGNE VINAIGRETTE

VINAIGRETTE

60 ml extra virgin olive oil
30 ml champagne vinegar
10 ml walnut oil
2 cloves confit garlic
Salt, to taste
Pepper, to taste

SALAD

800 g Toulouse sausages
100 g goats cheese
100 g cornichons
5 red onion, shaved into rings
18 cherry tomatoes, halved
16 thyme croutons
4 handfuls of baby spinach, washed

THYME CROUTONS


1 baguette
Unsalted butter, softened
Sea salt
3 sprigs of thyme

METHOD

  • Begin by making the thyme croutons. Preheat the oven to 170ºC. Thinly slice the baguettes into 16 pieces, and placed the bread on a baking tray. Over the top, brush with the butter and sprinkle all over with sea salt and the thyme leaves. Bake for about 15 minutes, or until golden and crisp. Remove from the oven and allow to cool. Roughly cube and set aside.
  • In a medium-sized bowl, combine all the ingredients for the dressing and emulsify. Set aside until required.
  • To make the salad, slice the Toulouse sausages and grill. Next in a large bowl, add the spinach leaves, goats cheese, cherry tomatoes, red onion, cornichons, croutons and once cooked, the Toulouse sausages. Toss and divide between four bowls. Drizzle over dress with the champagne vinaigrette and serve.

HENRY AND THE FOX
525 Little Collins Street

Melbourne VIC 3000

henryandthefox.com.au

THE FINALISTS

  • Beetroot salad by The Gorge (Launceston)
  • Chinese potato salad by Lee Ho Fook (Melbourne)