Since 2015, a selection of qualified chefs, restauranteurs, and culinary industry giants have participated as judges to determine the Best 100 restaurants across Canada. The list is published by “Canada’s 100 Best,” which also compiles Canada’s Best New Restaurants and The Best 50 Bars in Canada.
From this year’s list, here are the top three restaurants.
1. Published on Main
3593 Main St., Vancouver
Number one is a Vancouver restaurant that opened on the cusp of the pandemic. It is in a refined neighbourhood gathering spot inspired by traditional English coffee houses and is well-known for its bright solarium up front and dark paneling in back.
When others scaled back during the pandemic, Published on Main came out swinging with a grandiose 30-item dinner menu, offering brunch, late-night munchies, takeout (temporarily), a guest chef series and a pop-up street patio.
Now having settled into evening service exclusively, the determined kitchen has knocked everyone’s socks off with an elaborate 11-course tasting menu.
The judges suggest visitors try the Beverage Experience, which includes a different drink for every course, including sake, elegant natural wines and savoury cocktails. Even though Published on Main has found its fine-dining groove, it’s still full of stunning surprises.
163 Spadina Ave., 3rd Floor, Toronto
This modern, elegant, softly lit culinary oasis is tucked away in the heart of Toronto.
Alo forged its reputation on highly orchestrated tasting menus that run three hours in length. In its seventh year, the disciplined kitchen (now helmed by Tim Yun) continues to turn out dishes with the same elevated finesse that regulars have grown to expect.
The culinary style includes influences from Japanese to French and North American. Techniques are cutting-edge, but the kitchen prefers to seduce with luxurious ingredients rather than daring combinations. The dishes are always pretty and the sauces rich – exactly what you want for an ideal foodie Instagram shot.
3. St. Lawrence
269 Powell St., Vancouver
Coming in at number three on the list is a restaurant named after the St. Lawrence River that runs between Ontario and Quebec.
A heartfelt homage to chef/owner Jean-Christophe Poirer’s Quebec heritage and his early experiences in renowned Montreal restaurants, St. Lawrence offers a marriage of classic French cuisine and the Québécois cultural/culinary identity.
Recipient of numerous accolades, it was named Restaurant of the Year in 2018 and 2019, received gold awards for Best Gastown and Best French restaurant in 2019 and 2020, and since opening in 2017 has consecutively ranked in the top five spots of Canada’s 100 Best Restaurants.
French spirits serve as the backbone of classic and signature cocktails, while the French-focused wine complements Poirier’s rustic haute country cooking. At St. Lawrence, simplicity is the ultimate form of sophistication.
St. Lawrence showcases time-honored traditions in an elevated-yet-approachable space. The food, drink and atmosphere combine for a transportive dining experience.
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