Van-City’s Culinary Podium


NEW YORK — While Canada’s athletes will be competing for podium finishes on the slopes, rinks and tracks around Vancouver and Whistler, food loving spectators will be competing for tables in top restaurants. Fortunately Zagat, the well-respected U.S.-based guide-book company, has released its 2010 Vancouver Survey, covering 298 of the city’s finest restaurants, nightspots, attractions and hotels. The Survey is based on the input of 2,721 local consumers and features venues across Vancouver, Whistler, Victoria and Vancouver Island.

“The commercial influx of tourism expected with the Games will no doubt stimulate the dining and entertainment industries throughout the region,” said Zagat Survey CEO Tim Zagat. “We hope that our new guide will serve as a useful tool for both locals and visitors who want to experience all that Vancouver has to offer at this special time.”

According to the company, this year’s top-rated newcomer, Maenam, promises a mix of “authentic, flavourful” Thai plates and “elegant service.” In addition, the city has welcomed a veritable who’s who of restaurant industry leaders, including New York’s Jean-Georges Vongerichten, with Market by Jean-Georges and Daniel Boulud who opened db Bistro Moderne and revitalized Lumière. Other exciting newcomers include French Au Petit Chavignol, Cibo, Nook and Les Faux Bourgeois.

This year’s winner for Top Food is La Belle Auberge, located in Ladner and described as one of the “best-kept secrets” with “world-class” cuisine from Chef Bruno Marti. Following behind is Vij’s (Most Popular winner), Cioppino’s, Le Crocodile and ToJo’s. Queen Elizabeth Park serves as the backdrop for this year’s Top Decor winner, while Seasons in the Park and Bishop’s takes home the award for Top Service.

For a look at further results from the survey, click here.


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