Olive magazine launch their Alternative Restaurant Awards

We're tired of the same old, same old restaurant awards - so three cheers for foodie title Olive magazine which has come up with an Alternative Restaurant Awards 2009 with categories that go beyond yawnsome fields such as Best Chef and Best Newcomer.

The magazine picked 50 winners in total (restaurants and chefs) in 34 categories which were decided and judged by a panel made up of the olive team and industry experts.

Our one reservation is the fact that they've picked hot-dinners.com's local Italian, 500, as their 'wish it was our local'. 500 is already impossible to book, and this latest nod means we'll never get a table there. Bah.

The full list of Olive's London winners:

Crunch bunch
Arbutus in Soho

Gang stars (where you'd take a gang of friends to)
Cinnamon Kitchen
Le Bouchon Breton

Veggies’ paradise
Kastoori, Tooting

Ridiculously optimistic
Bob Bob Ricard, Soho

The world’s best-ever scotch egg (Runner up)
The Harwood Arms in Fulham, venison scotched egg, £2.50.

Wish it was our local

‘Well, hello, trolley’

Meet the chef
Claude Bosi – Hibiscus
Aggi Sverrisson and Xavier Rousset – Texture

Most on-trend restaurant
Eastside Inn

Dining at the bar
Bocca Di Lupo

Best snack
Salisbury pub, Fulham

Your parents will love it
Corrigan’s Mayfair
Quo Vadis

Your parents will hate it

Chefs in new homes
Maria Elia, Whitechapel Gallery Dining Rooms

Cheaper than eating at home
Franco Manca

Guilty pleasure

Ikea’s hotdogs

Acceptable face of fusion
The Modern Pantry

Where the location’s the draw….
Restaurant at St. Paul's

….and where it doesn’t matter
Croque Gascon, Westfield

The biggest portion
Fox & Anchor

Don’t believe the hype
Buddha bar

Forbidden planet
Planet Hollywood

Craziest concept
Bel Canto

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