Our annual Where to Dine Awards pay tribute to the hardworking folks who make Vancouver such a food-lover’s paradise.
BEST NEW RESTAURANT
It’s fitting that Botanist arrived in spring. The verdant oasis unfurled at the top of the Fairmont Pacific Rim’s central staircase, complete with a rose-hued dining room, lush outdoor terrace, Champagne lounge and cocktail lab—equipped with a centrifuge, band saw and roto-vaporizer, no less. This earthly garden delights with the best of the Pacific Northwest, and local producers and sustainable seafood are at the fore. Recent offerings include salt-roasted beet salad with burrata, toasted macadamia and kale, or sablefish accompanied by onion nage, fermented vegetables and puffed tapioca. From the terroir-driven wines to the draped greenery, nothing here is garden variety.—JVS