Fine dining restaurant The Stunned Mullet has retained its prestigious hat status in the 2019 Good Food Guide.
The Port Macquarie restaurant first received the hat honour in 2014.
The Stunned Mullet co-owner Lou Perri said the restaurant had a great team of 15 staff and support from a really strong local and visiting trade.
Mr Perri said the Good Food Guide hat honour was quite flattering.
“It’s probably the industry’s best acknowledgement to say job well done,” he said.
The 2019 Good Food Guide was launched during the national Good Food Guide Awards in Melbourne.
Australia’s most prestigious annual food bible recognises the best restaurants nationally with hats.
To achieve a hat is a pinnacle of a chef’s career and a restaurant’s history.
Mr Perri said the acknowledgement was not just a win for The Stunned Mullet but a win for Port Macquarie as an accolade of that magnitude created awareness for the entire town.
Meanwhile, Bills Fishhouse was included in the 2019 Good Food Guide.
Chris and Leasa Harris and the entire team are thrilled.
“We are so thrilled in only the second year of business to be on the radar and be included,” Mrs Harris said.
The guide of independent, anonymous reviews are written by a panel of trusted restaurant critics.
Restaurants in NSW and Victoria must score at least 14 out of 20 to secure a coveted spot in the guide.
This is the 39th year that a Good Food Guide has been published.