TORONTO — Canada’s inflight magazine, Air Canada enRoute has announced the Top 10 list of Canada’s Best New Restaurants 2016 and the winner of the Air Canada enRoute People’s Choice Award on eatandvote.com.
Award-winning food writer Andrew Braithwaite recently explored Canada from coast-to-coast, in a month-long journey to find the best new Canadian restaurants of 2016. This year marked the 15th anniversary of Air Canada’s Best New Restaurants program, which has served to recognize and promote culinary excellence throughout the nation and abroad.
“Air Canada enRoute Canada’s Best New Restaurants program actively promotes a sense of culinary identity across the country,” says Andrew Shibata, managing director, Brand, Air Canada. “With 2016 marking the program’s 15th anniversary, we are delighted to have shared the evolution of Canadian cuisine with our passengers and to continue to do so with the winning restaurants for this year.”
This year’s number-1 spot was awarded to Kissa Tanto, operated by Tannis Ling and Joël Watanabe. The Japanese-Italian eatery, situated in Vancouver’s Chinatown, is one of two restaurants for which the duo have received an enRoute award — Bao Bei Chinese Brasserie’s French-Chinese fare won second place in 2010.
“The top restaurants in our 2016 ranking are influenced by community and they create an experience diners can really become a part of,” says Jean-François Légaré, editor-in-chief, Air Canada enRoute. “In Montreal, restaurateur Jen Agg teamed up with musicians to build Agrikol, a Haitian restaurant with the vibe straight from Port-au-Prince. With FireWorks, celebrity chef Michael Smith creates country feasts where you break bread with other guests. And Kraken Cru in Quebec City is an intimate 12-seat space that feels like a friend’s home.”
The 2016 Air Canada enRoute People’s Choice Award — which was determined based on Canadians’ votes on eatandvote.com — went to Backhouse in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont.
The 2016 Top 10 list includes:
- Kissa tanto — Tannis Ling and Joël Watanabe (Vancouver)
- Alo — Chef Patrick Kriss (Toronto)
- FireWorks — Chef Michael Smith (Bay Fortune, P.E.I)
- Agrius — Chef Clif Leir (Victoria)
- Foxy — Chef Leigh Roper (Montreal)
- Agrikol — Chef Jen Agg (Montreal)
- Kraken Cru — Chef Olivier Thibault-Allard (Quebec City)
- Le Fantôme — Chef Jason Morris (Montreal)
- Highwayman — Ceildh Sutherland and chef Dan Vorstermans (Halifax)
- Savio Volpe — Craig Stanghetta, Paul Grunberg and Mark Perrier (Vancouver)