Today at the Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards we celebrated the city’s culinary culture.
Best new restaurant award goes to St. Lawrence – this newcomer to the scene made a bold entrance, winning both best new restaurant and restaurant of the year.
Yaletown institution Cioppino’s regained its top spot in the Best Italian category while shake-ups occurred in categories like Best Japanese (Masayoshi) and Best Dim Sum (Golden Paramount). This year’s show saw a number of categories put back into the rotation, including Best Steakhouse (Hy’s Encore), Best Pizza (Via Tevere) and Best Ramen (Marutama).
A surprise upset occurred when The Grill Room at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler was awarded Best Whistler. Meanwhile, perennial winners Dynasty Seafood, Le Crocodile and Maenam successfully defended their titles as Best Chinese, Best French and Best Thai, respectively. The Sunday brunch crowd has a new place of pilgrimage with Burdock & Co. being awarded Best Brunch. Outside of the Lower Mainland, Agrius repeated its win of Best Victoria while Waterfront Wines continued its streak as Best Okanagan.
Grapes and Soda won the newly resurrected Best Bar category while their bar manager, Satoshi Yonemori, took home Bartender of the Year; Fairmont Hotel’s wine director, Jill Spoor, was named Sommelier of the Year; and Kelowna’s Stoney Paradise won the Producer/Supplier Award.
Anthony von Mandl of Mission Hill Winery was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award. In 1981, von Mandl purchased a vineyard in the Okanagan and set about making wines that would stand on par with the greats of the world. Thirty-seven years and numerous international awards later, von Mandl has succeeded not only in turning Mission Hill into an icon of the Canadian wine scene, but also in changing the way that British Columbians and the world look at wine from this province.
The Restaurant Awards were judged by a panel of 14 leading food and wine experts and were handed out at a formal awards show at the Sheraton Wall Centre in Vancouver on Monday, April 16. A full list of winners is available at www.vanmag.com/