By Vanessa Cavasinni, editor Australian Hotelier

The Sydney Morning Herald 2017 Good Food Guide awards were held earlier this week, and a trio of recently-opened Sydney pubs each received a hat for their food offering.

Merivale’s The Paddington, famed for it’s French rotisseries, was awarded one hat after being open for less than a year. Executive Chef Ben Greeno has been pumping out roast chickens and other simple fare after making the move to Merivale from Momofuko Seiobo.

One Ford Street, attached to Tim Condon’s The Cricketer’s Arms in Balmain also received a hat after only being open since October 2015. The eatery offers Italian cuisine headed by Head Chef Sam Bennett.

But the newest pub to receive a hat is the newly revamped Dolphin Hotel, with the Dining Room receiving a hat just three months after the hotel was reopened by new owners, publican Christian Denny and restaurateur Maurice Terzini.

Denny was very pleased with the Dining Room’s achievement.

“Speaking on behalf of the whole team, we are thrilled to receive this accolade so early on, and we are thankful for the award. And also thankful for the great support of our patrons since we opened.

Denny has stated that one of the core focuses at The Dolphin Hotel was to up the ante for good quality pub food.

“It has been a massive effort from all, as we have consciously strived to redefine what type of food and beverage product can be successfully offered within the confines of a traditional inner-city hotel.

“Our staff have gone above and beyond to deliver the Dolphin, and we are very thankful for their effort and commitment. The award is hopefully recognition of the team's focussed commitment to product and customer experience; not to mention value of money.”

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