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Albany dining savours finals success
Picture: Laurie Benson Damien Whitely, Helen Lloyd, Joanne Scott, Gabrielle Leake and Craig Pullin in View Restaurant, which has been named among State hospitality award finalists.

The Albany hospitality industry has flexed its collective muscles with four local restaurants named as WA regional finalists in the 2012 Savour Australia Restaurant and Catering HOSTPLUS Awards for Excellence.

The awards are the most recognised hospitality awards in Australia with the State division recognising “the best in the West”.

They have named York Street institution Nonna’s Restaurant as a finalist in the Italian restaurant category while popular eatery Rustler’s Steakhouse has been recognised as the sole finalist in the steak restaurant division.

Fine dining establishment Lime 303 has earned a mention as a restaurant in a motel/motor inn/guesthouse for its pursuits of excellence as part of Dog Rock Motel.

View Restaurant, attached to the Albany Entertainment Centre, rose from the pack by landing a spot in the cafe/restaurant category alongside peers in Margaret River, Pemberton and Mandurah.

Having only been operational for 18 months, View is a relative newcomer to Albany’s culinary scene.

AEC food and beverage operations manager Craig Pullin said the nomination confirmed View had taken steps in the right direction, first under head chef Wolfgang Frankl and now in the capable hands of his successor, Enzo Manera.

“It’s really, really pleasing,” Mr Pullin said. “It’s exciting to be a part of the awards to recognise what we’ve done.

“There are a lot of shows coming through (the AEC) now and in the past we’ve tried a snack menu or sometimes set menus, but now for every major performance we do an a la carte menu.

“That seems to be working really well.”

He said he felt View would only continue to grow and improve in the wake of being named a finalist.

The winners of the 2012 Savour Australia Restaurant and Catering HOSTPLUS Awards for Excellence will be announced in a ceremony at the Burswood Entertainment Complex on August 20.