Air Canada's enRoute magazine announces 2013 Canada's Best New Restaurants and
inaugural People's Choice Award winner
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-- Bar Isabel named Canada's Best New Restaurant, People's Choice awarded to
Vij's Railway Express --
TORONTO, Oct. 24, 2013 /CNW/ - Canada's award-winning inflight magazine, Air
Canada's enRoute www.enroute.aircanada.com is pleased to announce the Top 10
list of Canada's Best New Restaurants 2013, and the inaugural winner of the
People's Choice Award. On a month-long culinary odyssey that took noted food
writer Andrew Braithwaite from Vancouver Island to Fogo Island, he discovered
a bumper crop of adventurous chefs who continued to redefine what it means to
dine out in Canada.
The Top 10 restaurants in order are:
1. Bar Isabel, Toronto: "looks, feels and tastes vaguely Castilian
but does far more than ape a menu straight out of Madrid."
2. Shoto, Toronto: "a storybook of a tasting menu, with all the
typical annoying bits - the repetition of ingredients, the showy
caprice, the monotonous pacing - smartly edited out."
3. Fogo Island Inn, Joe Batt's Arm, Nfld. and Labrador: "There's a
terrific survivalist spirit bursting out of Chef McDonald's
kitchen, where most everything is made from scratch."
4. Supply and Demand, Ottawa: " It's not supposed to be this easy for
a first-timer ... you notice all the little things that rookies
Steve and Jennifer Wall are getting so right."
5. Pidgin, Vancouver: "The cuisine of Winnipeg-born Chef Ono, who
ran restaurants in Beijing and Hong Kong, draws from multiple
6. Carino Japanese Bistro, Calgary: "a Japanese-Italian wine bar that
defies logic in the most wonderful ways."
7. Maison Publique, Montreal: "A mere 250 years after the Treaty of
Paris, cooking Anglo food in Montreal is cool again."
8. Le Bouchon du Pied Bleu, Quebec City: "one of the most convivial,
playful, unabashedly fun dining experiences I've had anywhere in
9. The Acorn, Vancouver: "That the food is meatless is almost beside
the point unless you're a foodie vegetarian who's long hankered
for a compromise-free night on the town."
10. Electric Mud, Toronto: "Electric Mud is a twisted hymn to the
Short films directed by John Cullen, shot behind-the-scenes at the top three
restaurants can be viewed onboard Air Canada flights and on
enroute.aircanada.com and winners will be profiled in the November issue of
Voted by the people for the people
In partnership with lead sponsor, Jaguar Land Rover - one of the world's
premier manufacturers of luxury vehicles - Air Canada's enRoute encouraged
Canadians to select their favourite restaurant on eatandvote.com. Vij's
Railway Express - a mobile restaurant inspired by an Indian rail carriage with
a menu that explores regional flavours and dishes of India - receives the
inaugural People's Choice Award as Canada's favourite new restaurant. The
contest offered a chance to vote to win a trip for two to the 2013 Canada's
Best New Restaurants gala event in Toronto, with the use of a vehicle.
"We're very proud of the strong regional representation from coast to coast
this year," said Ilana Weitzman, editor-in-chief, Air Canada's enRoute
magazine. "And I love that the People's Choice Award went to a food truck
from one of this country's great chefs."
"This year's search wasn't just about what was on the plate," explained Andrew
Braithwaite. "We went looking for good people who've dedicated themselves to
delivering memorable experiences. From chefs to sommeliers, these are
talented people we want to champion. I think readers will be intrigued by
the diversity in our 2013 Top 10 list."
About Jaguar Land Rover Canada ULC
Jaguar Land Rover is a business built around two great British car brands that
are designed, engineered and manufactured in the United Kingdom. Jaguar Cars
Limited, founded in 1922, is one of the world's premier manufacturers of
luxury sedans and sports cars. Since 1948, Land Rover has been manufacturing
authentic 4x4s that define "breadth of capability" in their segments. The
Jaguar Land Rover business employs 16,000 people in United Kingdom, including
3,500 engineers at two product development centres. Headquartered in
Mississauga in Canada, Jaguar Land Rover Canada ULC is represented by 25
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