Each year, the November issue of en Route magazine (Air Canada) is publishing their top ten of new restaurants across Canada. Their tester/ journalist is proposed with a bunch of venues to try out in every major cities by a panel of food critics and bloggers from different areas. I am always looking forward to that list because I think it always nails down the best places to go and it is very nice for travelers as well as for locals who missed the new hot spot.
So here is what they came up for 2011. (note that the new restaurants openings happened between june 2010 and july 2011 in order )
#1. Raymonds. St-Johns, NB
#2. Hawksworth. Vancouver, BC
#3. L’Abattoir. Vancouver, BC
#4. Les 400 coups. Montreal, QC
#5. Ici Bistro. Toronto, ON
#6. Van Horne. Montreal, Qc
#7. Campagnolo. Toronto, ON
#8. Le Comptoir charcuteries & vins. Montreal, Qc
#9. Ulla. Victoria, BC
#10. Corso 32. Edmonton, AB
Of course, I always look for who will make it on that famous list from my city. I agree with the 3 choices that made it this year from Montreal. They are well worth going and and they well deserved it. I was disapointed to see that the one place that created an extreme buzz from the opening and still is one of my favorite spots is missing: Le Filet. I would recommend you put that one at #11 and make sure you go if you are passing by Montreal .
For the full article in the enRoute magazine :