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Saltwater poached chicken, cabbage stem pickles, seaweed, lotus seed, smoked eggplant cream, Oscietra caviar

In anticipation of the unveiling of the 50 best restaurants in the world next week, a long list of the top 100 restaurants has been revealed – and there’s a reliable stalwart of Australian fine dining already in the mix.

Quay, the harbourside establishment which has risen to global prominence under the watch of chef Peter Gilmore, has climbed three spots this year to rank at 95 in the countdown.

“We’re thrilled to be voted number 95 on the The World’s 50 Best 51-100 list,” said chef Gilmore. “For nine consecutive years, Quay has been included in the top 100 restaurants, with five of those years spent in the top 50. We’re incredibly grateful to the Quay team who work so hard every day. They are the reason we’ve made it onto the list again.”

The coveted culinary awards have been compiled every year since 2002 using the votes of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants Academy, a reputable group of 1,040 industry experts from 27 global regions. Each region is represented by 36 members who this year were allocated 10 votes (four of which must go to restaurants outside of their region). The highly-influential panel is made up of critics, chefs, restauranteurs and ‘gastronomes’, with their combined opinions forming the industry standard for the world’s finest dining establishments and most exciting up-and-comers, cuisines and culinary movements.

The World’s Best 50 Restaurants will be announced at a ceremony taking place next week at the Royal Exhibition Centre in Melbourne. You can revisit last year’s list, which included Melbourne’s Attica, here.