Canada's Best New Restaurants 2011: enRoute magazine's Top Ten

Dessert sampling at L'Abattoir in Vancouver's Gastown. Photo by Sue Frause.

Air Canada fliers and foodies wait eagerly each year for enRoute magazine's Best New Restaurants in Canada. So how are the top ten selected? This year, 29 food panelists across Canada (I know half a dozen of them) had the to- dine-for task of scouting out the most interesting restaurant openings in their areas between June 2010 and July 2011.

Based on their recommendations, enRoute editors came up with a long list of restos showing the most promise. Guidlines included chefs who are advancing the country's culinary identity and overall dining experiences that make a significant impact on Canada's restaurant culture. enRoute writer Sarah Musgrave then traveled across Canada, dining anonymously at each resto, with enRoute picking up the tab.

The top ten list was chosen independently by the writer, based purely on merit, irrespective of where the restaurants were located. In the end, the east outbested the west, 6-4. Montreal was the top city with three restaurants. I've only dined at one of the restos on the list, L'Abattoir in Vancouver, and I'm looking forward to enjoying many more. BonAppetit!

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