Abruzzi, London, Ontario

Chef/Owner Dave Lamers is inspired by the flavours of the Italian countryside but his real passion springs from growing up on a farm, collecting the freshest eggs and helping in the garden here in Canada. Now a veteran of Food Day, we first met when he was a newly-graduated young cook on Prince...

Le Select, Toronto

Le Select is the very essence of hospitality with food to match and is renowned for its stellar service!  It would be interesting to know whether any restaurant of similar size in Toronto has as many ‘regulars’…somehow I doubt it.  Chef Laura Maxwell and Frédéric Geisweiller,...

The Fish Counter, Vancouver

When marine biologist Mike McDermid (on the right below), at that time working at the Vancouver Aquarium,  started the seafood certification system, Ocean Wise ™, he created a movement that has engaged top chefs and restaurants from coast to coast.  One of those chefs was Robert Clark who, as a...

Hardware Grill, Edmonton

Since Larry and Linda Stewart opened its doors in 1996, the Hardware Grill has been a culinary destination. They understood the concept of “Canadian cuisine” from their earliest days. They call it “Haute Comfort Food.” The menu reflects some of the finest ingredients the...

The Canteen, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia

Renée Lavallée’s public title is “Chef, Mother, Crazy Cheeses Lover”. As of 2014, she added “Restaurateur” to her moniker.  The Canteen quickly became one of the coolest new restaurants in Nova Scotia and this year grew out of its relatively small quarters. Renée...

Bridie Molloy’s, St. John’s, Newfoundland

Brian Piercey is one of St. John’s most active chefs.  He’s involved and engaged in the food life of the city.  He writes: “I started my culinary career in the culinary arts program at The College of the North Atlantic in St. John’s, Newfoundland. After completing the program, I...

Cibo Trattoria & UVA Wine and Cocktail Bar, Vancouver

Having a mere 40 seats, Cibo Trattoria,located in the heart of Downtown Vancouver’s arts and cultural district, remains true to the traditional trattoria concept. In 2011 it was named as one of the Top Italian Restaurants in the World by Ospitalita Italiana Seal. But no matter how you cut...

Maison Publique, Montréal

Derek Dammann has created the sort of restaurant he is all about…democratic and fun, delicious and fresh, thoughtful and sustainable. Maison Publique Chef Dammann, seen here at the left with his U of Guelph Innovation Award,  is revisiting the past, but as usual, his eye is on the horizon....

Taverne Monkland, Montréal

“This is what a ‘local’ looks like in Montreal.  Stylish, great food and very, very comfortable! Monkland Taverne has been an institution in Notre Dame de Grace (NDG) since 1995 and the team of owners –  Josh Crowe, Barbara Irwin, Stephen Leslie, Boris Schweers and Donald Lovell  – have been...

Araxi Restaurant and Bar, Whistler, British Columbia

Araxi Executive Chef James Walt should be very proud. 2017 marks another consecutive Gold win for Araxi’s decade-plus legacy as Vancouver Magazine Awards’ Best Whistler Restaurant. This is a first for the award and a testament to both Walt’s talent and leadership and his award-winning brigade....