Chris Thornton – eat & drink insider knowledge

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chris thornton - eat & drink insider knowledge

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YOUNG RESTAURATEUR / NSW

Chris Thornton is one of our Australian young restaurateur 2014 national finalists and owner/head chef at Restaurant Mason in Newcastle. Chris tells us about his favourite restaurants, bars and where to find a great coffee.


favourite coffee spots

One Penny Black, Newcastle Mall
Cracking coffee, and run by top notch people

Dark Horse Espresso, Wichkam

Side Pocket Expresso, Maitland Road Mayfeild
Newly opened, 3 blocks from home, fantastic little coffee hole in the wall


favourite casual eateries

Three Bean Espresso Bar, Hamilton
Celebrated it’s 10 year anniversary this year, have been coming here for all 10 of those years great chefs breakfast.

Burwood inn, Merewether
The best pub food in town.

Napoli Centrale, Newcastle West
The best authentic pizza I have ever eaten, rub by a legend named Alphonso.


favourite restaurants

Muse Restaurant, Pokolbin
Exceptional food and service a bench mark of the region

Biota Dining, Bowral
There ethos, quality of food and they have rooms as part of the package allowing for a great night away.

Chefs Gallery, Sydney
They produce the best version of my all time favourite dish, salt and pepper tofu


favourite bars

Coal and Cedar, Newcastle
Brought a level of quality and class not seen before in Newcastle bars.


favourite markets

Newcastle Markets, Newcastle
Local fresh and diverse

Sydney Fish Markets, Pyrmont
One of the most intense experience a chef can have the bidding clock is nerve raking

Swansea Butchers, Swansea
Depth of knowledge only matched by the quality of the product


favourite interstate restaurants

Cumulus Inc, Melbourne
Have eaten 4 meals in 2 days here, enough said.

Hentley Farm, Barossa
The room, food and service were something I had never experienced in Australia until that time

Restaurant Amuse, Perth
Food just straight out blew me away showed me how far I still needed to grow



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