What’s Canada’s best new restaurant?
For the last 12 years enRoute, Air Canada’s in-flight magazine, has ranked Canada’s Best New Restaurants. For the first time this year enRoute is launching a People’s Choice Award. The Air Canada En Route wants to encourage Canadians from coast to coast to vote for their favourite restaurant from a list of 35, nominated by a judging panel of Canada’s leading food and hospitality industry leaders.
Air Canada’s enRoute magazine seeks out new restaurants open during the past year that advance the Canadian culinary identity; they are places where the overall dining experience will have a lasting and significant impact on our restaurant culture. The panel’s list of 35 restaurants has been visited and judged anonymously by international food and wine writer, Andrew Braithwaite.
The Toronto Restaurants nominated are: Bar Isabel, Café Boulud, Carmen, Daishō, Electric Mud BBQ, Kinton Ramen, Momofuku Noodle Bar, Oddseoul, Patria, Porzia, Richmond Station, Shōtō.
On EnRoute magazine’s Facebook page the above was accompanied by the caption: “Did you get this card after a meal? You’ve eaten at one of the 35 restaurants in the running for Canada’s Best New Restaurants. Help your favourite win the People’s Choice Award at www.eatandvote.com. You could even win a trip to our gala in November!”
When you vote you also become entered for a chance win a trip to the Best New Restaurant Gala event in Toronto, including airfare to Toronto if you’re not here already (side note: every time I see a contest that includes round trip airfare to Toronto I feel a little ripped off), a two night stay at the Thompson Hotel (the rooftop view really is spectacular), two VIP tickets to the Air Canada enRoute Canada’s Best New Restaurant Cocktail Gala and use of a Jaguar or Land Rover during your stay. On top of that, the winner will drive a Jaguar or Land Rover vehicle for seven (7) days when you get home.
Additional information about the criteria, judging panel, nominated restaurants and contest rules may be found at the En Route People’s Choice Award website.
Readers will find the Top Ten list of Canada’s Best New Restaurants in the November issue of enRoute magazine. As of November 1, readers can download the updated enRoute Eats app, which includes details of this year’s Top Ten restaurants and previous years’ winners, along with enRoute-recommended restaurants across the country.
Wherever in Canada you are, what’s your favourite new restaurant? Why?