Ochre Restaurant continues its award-winning take on local cuisine with four new industry accolades, including the Queensland Seafood Award for best restaurant 2015.
Ochre, a stalwart of Cairns’ fine dining scene, also collected an Entertainment Card Gold Award for Best Fine and Contemporary Dining, Gourmet Traveller Wine List of the Year Award, and accolades from popular tourism and entertainment websites, Trip Advisor and Dimmi.
Celebrating 21 years at the culinary cutting edge, Ochre Restaurant added the new awards to an already impressive collection amassed since opening their doors on the corner of Sheridan and Shields Street in Cairns CBD in April 1994.
Owner, chef and co-founder Craig Squire said recognition from industry and diners was testament to the talents of his kitchen team, whose members were dedicated to using the best local produce to create their unique brand of modern Australian cuisine.
“Over the years, Ochre has trained 40 apprentice chefs and two of them showed the passion, drive and talent necessary to work their way through the ranks to Head Chef,” Mr Squire said.
“Each member of our kitchen team shares the core values that have been key to our success, including being a stickler for quality and consistency.
Mr Squire said the peer-nominated Queensland Seafood Award recognised efforts to promote and use local seafood on the restaurant’s menu. Ochre will go up against the best in the country at the national finals, to be held in Perth later this year.
Ochre recently also won an Entertainment Card Gold Award for Best Fine and Contemporary Dining 2014/15 – Cairns, Palm Cove and Port Douglas, as voted by thousands of card holders dining in Far North Queensland.
In awarding the restaurant a coveted One Glass Seal in its Wine List of the Year Awards, Gourmet Traveller noted:
“Here is a list perfectly in tune with its location and menu – so with a focus on local produce, it’s an entirely Australia list – ‘not even one NZ sauvignon’ trumpets the introductory paragraph. While the list itself is small, there’s plenty of choice by the glass and some outstanding wines among the established and emerging producers featured.”
The fine dining venue was also promoted to Trip Advisor’s Hall of Fame, an honour earned on accruing five years of consecutive Certificate of Excellence awards from the popular restaurant review website.
And rounding out the most recent swag, Ochre received a spot in Dimmi’s Top 100. Dimmi is an online reservation system managing hundreds of thousands of bookings for 3000 member restaurants across Australia. Ochre achieved a Top 100 score for 2014/15, following the website’s nationwide survey of guests who reviewed member restaurants.