RESTAURANTS

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MADELEINES FROM SASKATOON'S AYDEN,

WHICH GOT YOUR VOTE IN 2014

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HAVE YOU EATEN AT CANADA’S BEST NEW RESTAURANT?

HERE ARE THE NOMINEES FOR THE AIR CANADA ENROUTE MAGAZINE PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD.*

Vote for your favourite and enter for a chance to win a trip for two to the nominated restaurant of your choice, plus $500 spending money. Our food writer will narrow down this list to his Top 10 in the November issue of Air Canada enRoute magazine.

RESTAURANTS

Adelaide Oyster House

St. John's

Chef Steve Vardy returns from a self-imposed kitchen exile – during which he became a hot yoga instructor – with this unapologetically ... MORE >>

AnnaLena

Vancouver

Chef Michael Robbins loves Lego – his creations, from a big red heart near the open kitchen to the M and W that label the washrooms, adorn... MORE >>

Bar Raval

Toronto

Grant van Gameren’s follow-up to Bar Isabel (Canada’s Best New Restaurant 2013) takes the chef’s love of relaxed Spanish-style eating ... MORE >>

Bauhaus

Vancouver

Chef Stefan Hartmann animates the modern cooking of his German homeland in this haute-luxe Gastown space. A plate of pan-seared Arctic char ... MORE >>

Boralia

Toronto

Chefs and partners Evelyn Wu and Wayne Morris reinvent recipes from antique cookbooks to give their own forward-looking spin on four ... MORE >>

Brux House

Hamilton

The owners of fine-dining restaurant Quatrefoil (one of Canada’s Best New Restaurants 2010) teamed with Nickel Brook brewer Mark Horsley ... MORE >>

Buca Yorkville

Toronto

Chef Rob Gentile grows his Toronto empire of polished Italian restaurants to three, adding a seafood-focused palace of impeccable cooking to... MORE >>

Ciel!

Quebec City

How can you not love a circular rotating restaurant with views of the Plains of Abraham? New owners have remade the old Astrale space on the... MORE >>

DaiLo

Toronto

The stencil-painted golden pagodas on the walls of this long room on College Street combine with jade-green leather banquettes to create an ... MORE >>

Dandylion

Toronto

Chef Jay Carter, a long-time deputy of Toronto superchef Susur Lee, strikes out on his own in this airy Queen West room adorned with mirrors... MORE >>

Drake Devonshire

Wellington

The Prince Edward County outpost of Toronto’s art-focused Drake hotel group is anchored by a relaxed waterfront dining room. It pairs ... MORE >>

Enoteca

Winnipeg

Hats off to the design team that transformed this former Quiznos location in River Heights into a sleek, grown-up room. Well-dressed ... MORE >>

Grapes & Soda

Vancouver

Next door to his auteur restaurant the Farmer’s Apprentice (one of Canada’s Best New Restaurant 2014), chef David Gunawan’s wine bar ... MORE >>

Hanmoto

Toronto

The traditional izakaya gets a Toronto-in-2015 makeover at this forgivably cramped, Blade Runner-inspired spot. Chef Leemo Han ... MORE >>

Jatoba

Montreal

Chef Olivier Vigneault applies his talents to innovative Asian small plates in this lively downtown boîte on Phillips Square. A cast-iron ... MORE >>

Lavanderia

Westmount

The city’s most in-demand auteur of high-end sushi, Antonio Park, goes back to his South American roots at this airy Westmount room, ... MORE >>

Little Sister

Toronto

Michael van den Winkel, the Dutch-born chef behind nearby Quince Bistro, explores the bold dishes of Indonesia that colonial history made so... MORE >>

The Merchant Tavern

St. John's

On the other end of Water Street from their flagship fine dining palace, Raymonds (Canada’s Best New Restaurant 2011), chef Jeremy Charles... MORE >>

The Nash

Calgary

In the restored National Hotel building, chef Michael Noble brings classic French technique to upscale prairie cooking. The pretty room, ... MORE >>

North And Navy

Ottawa

The cuisine of Italy’s Veneto region comes through with easy sophistication under the direction of chef Adam Vettorel. Start with ... MORE >>

Pigeonhole

Calgary

Next door to chef Justin Leboe’s Model Milk (one of Canada’s Best New Restaurants 2012), this spot is named for culinary mashups – ... MORE >>

Pilgrimme

Galiano Island

In a peaceful forest grove near Montague Harbour, about an hour by ferry from Victoria, Jesse McCleery mans the stove and Leanne Lalonde ... MORE >>

Pizzeria Gema

Montreal

Stefano Faita and chef Michele Forgione expand their Little Italy culinary empire – Impasto, Quincaillerie Dante – by taking over a ... MORE >>

Port City Royal

Saint John

Tucked away on a hilly side street in Uptown, this renovated space radiates history, with old plaster and wood slats left intentionally ... MORE >>

Le Renard Et La Chouette

Quebec City

A few doors down from Louis Bouchard Trudeau and Thania Goyette’s first restaurant, Le Bouchon du Pied Bleu (one of Canada’s Best New ... MORE >>

Rostizado

Edmonton

The trio behind local taco shop Tres Carnales – Dani Braun, Chris Sills and Edgar Gutierrez – give their Mexican game more gloss in a ... MORE >>

Sai Woo

Vancouver

A restored Chinatown space, where round pendant lights hang like shirt buttons and leafless tree trunks rise from pots, is the slick set for... MORE >>

Salmigondis

Montreal

In a serene Little Italy room, New Brunswicker Brian Peters makes his mark with creative cooking that plucks and pulls from various culinary... MORE >>

Soif

Gatineau

One of the top sommeliers in the world, Véronique Rivest brings her passion for all things wine to this charmer of a cork-walled snack bar ... MORE >>

La Table Des Gourmets

Val-David

The Rouyé family, who hail from Brittany and were previously behind Montreal’s La Porte, decamped to the Laurentians for a little fresh ... MORE >>

Wild Mountain Food & Drink

Sooke

In a light-filled house near the water, chef Oliver Kienast mines the land and sea of Vancouver Island for clams, spruce needles and halibut... MORE >>

Yasu

Toronto

Eleven tall seats frame the white bar where Osaka-born chef Yasuhisa Ouchi and his knife-wielding lieutenants marshal a piece-by-piece ... MORE >>

*Restaurants that opened between June 2014 and June 2015 were considered for this year’s list, with intelligence gathered from our panel of the country’s leading food professionals.
To read more about them, click here.