Big Plates Shortlist

The 12 'Big Plates' categories for the inaugural edition of the awards were conceived to champion excellence and integrity while trying to better promote the diversity of the world's restaurant community.

Arrival of the Year

For new restaurants opened Sept 1, 2017 - Sept 30, 2018.

Atmosphere of the Year

Considering restaurant service, acoustics and overall ambience.

Collaboration of the Year

Rewarding restaurants for their work with suppliers.

Enduring Classic

Exceptional restaurants open for at least 50 years.

Ethical Thinking

Rewarding environmental and social responsibility.

Event of the Year

Recognising restaurant residencies and pop-ups.

Forward Drinking

Focusing on fresh ideas in liquid refreshment.

House Special

Restaurants defined by one particular dish.

No Reservations Required

For places where it's possible to turn up without a booking.

Off-Map Destination

Remote restaurants where the journey to get there is a story.

Original Thinking

Highlighting envelope-pushing creativity and artistic expression.

Restaurant of the Year

Chosen from the inspected winners of the other 2019 'Big Plates'.