Canadians like to eat (and eat well, at that). Just take a look at the sheer caliber of new restaurants that crop up every year, and you’ll find that ours is a culinary community with a voracious appetite for excellence and new perspective. From minimalist French bistros to charming Italian abodes, we searched the nation and came back with 15 outstanding new eateries that you need to visit now.
Vancouver, British Columbia
Finally, an establishment that celebrates the Pacific Northwest in all its glory. Botanist, which opened on the second floor of the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel earlier this year, is a culinary escape into the rich bounty of the surrounding flora and fauna. The décor is plush and inviting, littered with greenery and materials like whitewashed wood and limestone. The creations of executive chef Hector Laguna are the elaborate, and indicative of local, sustainable ingredients: tapioca and fermented vegetables dance around seared sablefish, green garlic panisse with herb-crusted lamb. The menu rotates with the season — the dishes always pay homage to the land. – CG