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Best of the Best 2016: Leisure | Dining: Automata

Automata’s aesthetic is industrial chic, but the service is warm and friendly...

Chef Clayton Wells is cooking the kind of food that looks simple on the plate but is so deeply layered with flavor that you find yourself staring at a visually stunning plate of, say, red cabbage with green sauce and black garlic and wondering, How did he do that? Add a sensitive drinks menu heavy on natural wines and interesting sakes, and Automata is the kind of place that makes you want to be a regular, even if you do not live in Sydney. 

  • One of three attention-getting restaurants in the Old Clare Hotel, in a suburb of Sydney, Australia.

  • Automata’s aesthetic is industrial chic, but the service is warm and friendly.

  • Wells previously cooked at Momofuku Seiōbo; this is his first solo venture.

Automata, automata.com.au (five-course menus, $68)

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