Fremantle Tonic + Ginger Restaurant Named Australia’s Best Metropolitan Restaurant


“First, champagne.”

So Tonic + Ginger manager Jenny Purdy says her team plans to celebrate their restaurant being recognized by the Australian Hotels Association this weekend.

Crowned the nation’s top metropolitan restaurant at the 2022 AHA National Awards for Excellence, the Fremantle Restaurant was one of only three WA recipients of an award at the ceremony and the only suburban restaurant to take home a gong.

The win comes after Tonic + Ginger, which is The Old Synagogue’s flagship venue, was named WA’s Best Asian Restaurant by the Restaurant & Catering Association in its 2021 awards.

(We are) overwhelmed; it’s a huge achievement and we really didn’t see it coming,” Ms Purdy said.

“It’s great to be in conversation with so many other amazing places.

“I’m very lucky with my team; they all care, work so hard, really enjoy working here and give their 100%.

“Also, I believe (chef) Leigh (Power) may be a wizard with his flavor combinations, and of course the building itself, those amazing lights.”

The Australian Hotels Association WA has congratulated the three WA venues – including Treendale Farm Hotel in Australind and Karratha’s Blanche Bar – for their awards.

“Congratulations to these venues for achieving these coveted awards, which are chosen from the top finalists in Australia,” said AHA WA Managing Director Bradley Woods.

“WA’s hospitality industry has evolved remarkably over the past decade, with metropolitan Perth and the surrounding areas hosting some of the best venues in the country.

“While the pandemic has had and will continue to have a profound impact on the industry, WA has been fortunate to see a number of new venues open in recent years, while others have undergone significant expansions and renovations.

“As we reopen our doors to the world and welcome visitors again, we can do so knowing that our hospitality industry offers world-class options across the state.”

Over 500 guests gathered in Hobart for the awards dinner.

The Old Synagogue also plans to celebrate its victory on the national stage by keeping its doors open later: until 2 a.m. on weekends.

It submitted a request to extend its trading hours into the early hours of Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings, seeking to extend its current hours of operation by an additional two hours.

“It became clear that local guests would prefer to stay until 2 a.m. and avoid having to migrate to another location or trying to get home at or just before midnight, when a number other premises are closing at the same time,” the app read.

“In addition, (The Old Synagogue) continues to serve food until an hour before closing, and this will continue to be the case if the request is granted.”


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