From a cool contemporary Peruvian spot in Vancouver and a French-Asian fusion wine bar in Calgary all the way over to a full-female owned-and-operated concept in downtown Halifax, 30 restaurants from coast to coast are celebrating their nominations for Air Canada enRoute's Canada's Best New Restaurants 2023.
The list includes restaurants from 15 cities from across Canada, but it does feel, somewhat refreshingly, Western Canadian-leaning. Celebrated Mexican chef Elia Herrera opening her restaurant Milpa in Calgary, chef Adam Donnelly returns to the Winnipeg restaurant scene with Petit Socco, and the jawdroppingly gorgeous Wild Blue in Whistler, there's plenty of good reasons for said western weight.
Here is the list of nominees for Air Canada enRoute's Canada's Best New Restaurants 2023:
9 Tail Fox (Montreal), Acre Through the Seasons (Richmond), Anemone (Montreal), Bar Accanto (Winnipeg), Bar Chouette (Calgary), Bonheur d’Occasion (Montreal), Brassica (Gibsons), Cabaret l’Enfer (Montreal), Casa Paco (Toronto), Darlings (Bloomfield), Dotty’s (Toronto), Espace Old Mill (Stanbridge East), Fawn (Halifax), Folke (Vancouver), Fortuna’s Row (Calgary), Kappo Sato (Toronto), Lao Lao Bar (Toronto), Le Molière (Montreal), Les Mômes (Montreal), Marilena Café (Victoria), Melba (Quebec City), Milpa (Calgary), Petit Socco (Winnipeg), Portage (St. John's), Rizzo’s House of Parm (Fort Erie), Salt + Ash (Halifax), Simpl Things (Toronto), Suyo Modern Peruvian (Vancouver), Ugly Duckling (Victoria), Wild Blue (Whistler)
Canada’s Best New Restaurants is the only cross-country restaurant ranking to use a single, anonymous reviewer who sets out to visit the year’s best new restaurants. Based on the recommendations of a coast-to-coast panel of food experts including people like food writers Carmen Cheng, Dan Clapson and Mijune Pak, Air Canada sends one undercover writer on a month-long culinary marathon to try the 30 nominated restaurants to decide the official Top 10.
The official Top 10 announcement will take place in Toronto on Nov. 1, 2023.