Air Canada revealed the list of 30 nominees for Canada's Best New Restaurants 2018 today (August 9).
Air Canada sends one writer on an anonymous, monthlong trip across the country to visit new restaurants that have opened over the past year, based on recommendations from a panel comprised of food experts.
One Vancouver restaurant made the nominee list: St. Lawrence, by chef J-C Poirier, which specializes in Québécois-influenced classic French dishes.
The haute-country restaurant was described on the list thusly: "This cozy, teal-panelled spot excels at fat tranches of smoked-ham-studded pâté en croûte accompanied by two kinds of mustard and bottomless crocks of cornichons. Sautéed sweetbreads with mashed potatoes and morels are doused with a deep, savoury jus. The team weaves cheerfully between tables, bearing cocktails of fresh watermelon, pastis, gin and cherry liqueur, and brightly acidic natural wines."
For the Georgia Straight's 2018 Golden Plates annual industry survey, local culinary professionals voted Poirier the city's best chef and his restaurant was named Vancouver's top establishment.
Other B.C. nominees include 1909 Kitchen from Tofino and the Courtney Room in Victoria.
The full list is available online. The top 10, which will be featured in the November issue of Air Canada's enRoute magazine and online, will be announced in Toronto on October 25.