Eatery excels in diner taste test
WHEN Ms Touch met Mr Brine, A Touch of Salt was born and so started what has become one of Townsville’s award-winning restaurants.
Now five years on, the family owned business has taken out top prize in online dining.
The r est aurant won first place in the Diner’s Choice Awards held by Onl i n e Di n i n g . c o m. a u , with the family’s second business, Salt Cellar, coming in fourth.
Benny’s Hot Wok Cafe and Bar t ook s econd p l a c e , Ar o i Ba n g k o k third and Cactus Jack’s Bar & Grill came in fifth.
A Touch of Salt owner Mark Brine said their quirky name had proved a memorable drawcard for the restaurant.
‘‘ The restaurant was originally owned by my brother and his fiancee’s m a i d e n n a m e w a s Touch,’’ Mr Brine said.
‘‘ Now it’s owned by the three boys – me, my
AWARD: Touch of Salt’s Mark Brine and Aaron Meizner brother and my father.’’
Mr Brine said he was proud to have cracked the online market with many people now using the web ahead of trad i t i o n a l r e s t a u r a n t search tool, the Yellow Pages.
OnlineDining. com. au manager Dirk Horton said they had only re- c e n t l y monthly Awards.
‘‘ Each month, diners c a n v o t e o n l i n e a t OnlineDining. com. au for t h e i r f a v o u r i t e l o c a l venue in a particular category ( and) the first w a s f o r ‘ B e s t R e s - taurant’,’’ he said.
‘‘ We are excited to have s t a r t e d t h e Diner’s Choice r eceived votes for taurant.
‘‘ The hospitality industry is a back-breaking and relentless industry often with little thanks, and winning venues are given public recognition for their ongoing hard work in providing exceptional food and service.’’ hundreds of the best res-