8 of Australia's Best Food Retail Concepts

1. Guzman Y Gomez

Guzman Y Gomez was established in 2006 when New Yorker and founder, Steven Marks

, came to Australia and noticed the lack of good Mexican food.

There are currently 44 outlets across Australia, with plans to expand to 70 in the coming 18 months.

In the same time period they are looking at entering the Asian market with a store already opened in Singapore and one opening in Japan.

Financial backing comes from McDonald’s heavy weights, and the Bank of Queensland, however 55% of the company is still held by Marks, his business partner and their families.

2. MissChu

MissChu tuckshops can be described as a modern day hawker takeaway with high end food at a low price tag.

Nahji Chu

, MissChu Founder and Creative Director, came to Australia from Laos with her family as a young refugee.

She has adapted her experience growing up in Australia as a refugee into her restruant concept, with taglines such as, ‘you ling, we bling’.

It was founded in 2007 as a catering business in Sydney that grew into a restaurant by 2009. Fast forward to today, there are eight stores nationally and one in London and is set to open more in Queensland, South Australia and Perth in 2014.

MissChu also offers home or office delivery in Sydney, Melbourne CBD and London via electric bicycles.


3. Roll'd


made its entry in the retail food market in Melbourne in 2012 when three friends, Bao Hoang, his cousin Tin Ly and Ray Esquieres decided to share their love for the vietnamese cuisine.

All three, passionate about their heritage, have since expanded the brand to now include 20 outlets across Victoria, Queensland and Australian Capital Territory.

Their aim is to go to 100 stores by 2016.

4. Harajuku Gyoza

Harajuku Gyoza opened 2011 by Steve Minon and Matthew Bailey. The dumpling and beer concept has grown to three stores since its conception.

First opening in Fortitude Valley Queensland, also in Potts Point New South Wales and recently opened in Indooroopilly, QLD.

The concept is simple, you like gyoza, well the The Harajuku boys make them yum and fun and there is the promise of more outlets to come.

5. Mad Mex

The concept behind Clovis Young's Mad Mex food outlets is fast casual MexicanOpening first in Sydney in 2007, Young, who was originally from California, saw the need for a healthy mexican option in Australia.

Now Mad Mex has stores in Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney and there are currently 40 stores.

Med Mex's founding principles: Fresh and Healthy, Fast and Delicious, Authentic and Exciting.

They aim to achieve their goal of creating Australia’s best respected Mexican brand.

6. Salsa’s Fresh Mex Grill

Salsa’s Fresh Mex Grill

is founded by Janine Allis, the brains behind the Australian sensation Boost Juice.

Opening in 2011, there are now 49 store currently in Australia and offers a fresh twist on Mexican, following the American ‘casual food’ phenomenon ‘Fresh Mex’.

Allis has plans to reach 200 stores over the next 5 years.


7. Gelato Messina

Since its inception in Darlinghurst, Sydney in 2002 Gelato Messina has had one clear goal: to set the benchmark for gelato in Australia.

Everything at Gelato Messina is made from scratch by the chefs.

Messina is about to make its first venture into Queensland, in addition to their five stores in Sydney and one in Melbourne.

 8. Noggi

Noggi started in 2009 by its founder John Suh

. The frozen yogurt concept brings the 'fro-yo' frozen dessert phenomenon to Australia.

Started when John Suh bought a ice cream maker and developed his own frozen yogurt as a part of a $1000 bet.

Now there are 11 stores nationally with more to come.

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