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EnRoute Names Canada’s 10 Best New Restaurants

By WAHEEDA HARRIS

Ici Bistro in Toronto is no. 5 on enRoute's list of best new restaurants.

Air Canada’s inflight magazine enRoute has made its annual proclamation of Canada’s 10 best new restaurants, with top honours for 2011 going to Raymonds of St. John’s, in Newfoundland. It’s a coup for a province that doesn’t get much love in the way of culinary accolades and is, perhaps, best known for serving up fried cod cheeks at British-style pubs.

Head chef Jeremy Charles and restaurant manager–sommelier Jeremy Bonia collaborated to create Raymonds, with rustic Atlantic cuisine inspired by local and sustainable ingredients such as wild game, seafood, berries and vegetables. The restaurant was named in honour of Charles’ grandfather and Bonia’s father, both named Raymond.

Food writer Sarah Musgrave travelled for one month to choose the 10 lucky restaurants, which include three from Montreal, two from Toronto and Vancouver one each Victoria and Edmonton.

Musgrave describes Hawksworth, at the newly reopened Rosewood Hotel Georgia in Vancouver, as “an ambitious chef’s love letter to a city” and says that Chef Costa of Corso 32 in Edmonton “likes to show off but knows how to keep it simple”.

The full list:

  1. Raymonds, St. John’s
  2. Hawksworth, Vancouver
  3. L’Abbatoir, Vancouver
  4. Les 400 Coups, Montreal
  5. Ici Bistro, Toronto
  6. Van Horne, Montreal
  7. Campagnolo, Toronto
  8. Le Comptoir Charcuteries et Vins, Montreal
  9. Ulla, Victoria
  10. Corso 32, Edmonton

See the slideshow at EnRoute.com.

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