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Awards shine spotlight on Bundaberg restaurants

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Water Street Kitchen, Indulge Cafe and HSG at the Gardens have all been recognised in the Australian Good Food Guide 2020 Readers’ Choice Awards.

Local foodies have just given three Bundaberg restaurants a big tick of approval in the Australian Good Food Guide 2020 Readers’ Choice Awards.

Water Street Kitchen, HSG at the Gardens and Indulge Café have all come out on top with major accolades.

The awards give Australian Good Food Guide readers the opportunity to vote for their favourite establishments from right around the country each year.

The competition allows readers to recognise hard-working establishments and the work they achieve in creating great dining atmosphere, delicious food and fantastic customer service.

Second win for Water Street Kitchen

The Water Street Kitchen team are no stranger to the AGFG awards, having won Reader’s Choice for Regional Queensland last year and following up this year with their Modern Australian category win.

Food: Alex and Jen Cameron at Water St Kitchen
Alex and Jen Cameron at Water St Kitchen.

Owners Alex and Jen Cameron have been providing food lovers in Bundaberg with a sophisticated dining option for breakfast, lunch and dinner since 2017.

“Our most popular items are the sweet potato croquettes for breakfast and our crispy pork belly with XO jus for dinner,” Alex said.

The duo said the were over the moon to be recognised for a second time by their loyal customers.  

“We are flattered and inspired that our regulars have voted for us,” Alex said.

“Recognition from your audience is the most rewarding acknowledgement.”

HSG at the Gardens humbled by award

Dion Taylor from HSG at the Gardens said he felt very humbled to find out the news he and his team had taken out Reader’s Choice for Regional Queensland.

“This is a humbling experience for our team to be recognised as being part of the communities dining scene,” he said.

Food:  Dion Taylor at HSG at the Gardens.
Dion Taylor at HSG at the Gardens.

“This is our first award with AGFG and we are striving to get a Chef Hats award as part of our next level achievements.”

Dion said the restaurant on Gorlicks Road was coming up to its first-year anniversary and he, his family and 10 staff were excited to see what the next year would bring.

“With our team dedication and customer support, we are shaping our space to be one for all to enjoy,” he said.

“Our clients enjoy the fact that we are a predominantly gluten friendly restaurant and we cater for most dietary preferences.

“Everyone loves our motto of using local produce and local suppliers as our primary concern.”

Indulge Cafe has a passion for good food

When Mitchell White was told Indulge Café had won a Readers' Choice Award, he was blown away by the news.

“It came as a complete surprise, it feels very good to be even considered, it's very special,” he said.

Marleen and Mitchell White at Indulge Cafe.

Having taken over Indulge three years ago, Mitch and his partner Marleen have been going from strength to strength, providing foodies with delicious meals made from local produce.

“Our menu is very locally driven, we use local produce and we don't buy anything that is per-packaged,” Mitch said.

“Bundaberg is the perfect place to be able to do that.

“We are lucky to have so many growers and farmers in this region and we try to utilise everything we can that is local.”

Mitch said another driving force behind Indulge Cafe's continued success was the people who had come back time and time again to enjoy the food.

“It means everything to have a loyal customer base, without them we wouldn't be here,” he said.

To find out more about the Australian Good Food Guide 2020 Readers’ Choice Awards click here.