Serving up the best in NSW club dining

11th June 2021 | Eativity editors

Clubs meals have come a long way from greasy bain maries and hot chips with gravy. These days, you’re more likely to find restaurant-quality dishes that showcase a wide variety of cuisines and feature top-quality local produce. The search for the best club meal in NSW is now on with the launch of the 2021 Your Local Club Perfect Plate Awards, dishing up the best in NSW club dining. More than 150 clubs from right across the state have cooked up a competition dish – and now it’s up to the public to pick a winner.

Until Monday, June 21, members and guests are encouraged to visit participating clubs, taste the Perfect Plate dish on offer and give it a score out of five by scanning the eatery’s unique QR code or filling out a simple paper form (remember those?). From the Bass Strait massaman beef cheek at SS&A Albury to the salmon ceviche with soy yuzu dressing at the Kirribilli Club, the Perfect Plate competition is set to highlight the very best in club dining.

The Kitchen at the Bay‘s slow-baked pork belly served with sweet potato, green beans, bok choy and jus.

“The quality and diversity of club food these days is quite extraordinary, and the Your Local Club Perfect Plate Awards will help shine a spotlight on the amazing cuisine on offer in our venues,” says ClubsNSW CEO Josh Landis.

While diners can only vote for each Perfect Plate dish once, they are encouraged to taste as many competition dishes at as many NSW clubs as they like – and those that do will have the chance to win dining vouchers worth up to $2500. And as the culinary battle heats up, celebrity chefs and Perfect Plate ambassadors Manu Feildel and Colin Fassnidge will travel around the state to taste-test some of the competition dishes.

“I am ready, my belly is ready, my knives and forks are ready,” Feildel says. “Please come and try this food and vote!”

Hard day at the office: Feildel and Fassnidge dig into another dish vying for the win.

The 13 clubs that receive the highest score for their dishes based on patron ratings will be crowned the winner of their respective region. There’ll also be three state-wide winners announced in small, medium and large club categories, who’ll be treated to an exclusive lunch with Feildel and Fassnidge later this year. Don’t worry, they won’t have to cook it.

“After the year we’ve had, it’s great just to be able to get back into a club and celebrate great food in a local community,” says Fassnidge.

To find out more about the Perfect Plate Awards, including details on participating eateries and their competition dish, head to