Eatery ex­cels in diner taste test

Townsville Bulletin - - Inside Today - by Alexis Gill­ham

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-

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