Food & Drink Trends 2015: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

Finally, it’s that time of the year to give diplomacy a break, to speak our minds and rip into the food and drink trends that have delighted us, vexed us and annoyed the hell out of us.

Food & Drink Trends of 2015

Last year, we split it into Food and Drink Trends That Should Die followed by Food and Drink Trends That We Loved. This year we’ve grouped the 2015 food and drink trends under The Good, The Bad and The Ugly.

The Good

The Bad

  • hiding food under a bunch of green leaves like it was some last minute decision to plate up or your five year old wanted to pitch in
  • micro herbs and flowers on everything, sure they look pretty but I don’t always feel like eating a garden
  • calling a well-established cuisine “street food” when it is neither that nor is it cheap
  • has the Espresso Martini become the new vodka-lime-and-soda?
  • venues so loud that you just want to cancel your order, pay the bill and get out
  • the words “seasonality” and “cocktails based on classics with a twist” have become meaningless, tired old cliches, thanks to the influx of same-old same-old media releases
  • slate plates – why are they still around?
  • lockout laws and not being able to enjoy a single malt whisky after midnight at a bar
  • cocktail bars with instagram accounts that show mainly food
  • the Negroni craze – I get it, and it follows from the gin boom but there are so many bad Negronis out there that it gives the drink a bad name.
  • very few small bars have opened in Sydney in 2015. Some high calibre bartenders have moved overseas, others have opened venues with a food focus. Is this the beginning of the demise of the small bar culture in Sydney?

The Ugly

  • Burgers and Sliders, including the ones thicker than your head that scream heart attack. Seriously Sydney, they’re as old as ripped jeans. Isn’t it time we stopped glorifying burgers and developed our palates beyond calorific junk food and Big Arches clones?

Don’t miss…. Top 10 Cocktail Trends of 2015, Top 10 New Restaurants of 2015, Top 10 Cocktails of 2015, Top 10 New Bars of 2015, Top 10 Restaurant Dishes 2015.


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Corinne Mossati

Corinne Mossati is the founder and editor of Gourmantic. An avid scribe, she has taken pen to paper since the age of five. Her repertoire includes long works of fiction, short stories and travelogues. She is a winner of the GT travel writing competition, has judged the Australasian Whisky Awards and several cocktail competitions. She is also named in the Australian Bartender Most Influential List.


  1. Agreed! Also under ugly/bad the glorification of junk food in particular (even beyond burgers) and I am SO OVER pulled pork and brisket. Cheap cuts make money, we get it. But this is not Tennessee! OVER. IT.

  2. Well said.
    “cocktail bars with instagram accounts that show mainly food” – yeah, what’s up with that?

  3. Over it. Can media stop propagating the burger craze?

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