Toronto is home to Canada’s sixth- and seventh-best new restaurants says EnRoute magazine
Every year since 2002, EnRoute, Air Canada’s in-flight magazine, has published its ranking of the 10 best new restaurants in Canada. In recent years, Toronto establishments have largely dominated the list. (In 2012, our eateries took up 60 per cent of the thing, with the top slot going to Edulis. Last year, the big winner was Bar Isabel, with Momofuku Shōtō coming in at number two.) This time around, things played out a little differently. While Toronto restaurants were well represented in the nomination pool, only two figured in the final tally: Bar Buca, the Italian snack bar on King West, which landed in the number-six spot, and downtown penthouse The Chase, which followed closely at number seven. The Toronto nominees that failed to crack the top ten were Byblos, Fat Pasha, Luckee, Agave y Aguacate and Rhum Corner.
Who’d we beat? Restaurants in Saskatoon, Quebec City and Halifax took the eighth through tenth spots. And, of course, tons of Canadian cities weren’t represented at all, so we can remain confident that there’s nowhere better to eat in, say, Regina or Moosonee.
Who beat us? Tofino, British Colombia, whose island restaurant Wolf on the Fog was named Canada’s best. The other top-fivers were The Farmer’s Apprentice in Vancouver (2), Le Vin Papillon in Montreal (3), RGE RD in Edmonton (4) and Mallard Cottage in St. John’s. You can see the whole list here.