On Tuesday in Toronto, Canada’s 100 Best magazine announced the winners for their 3rd annual Best Restaurants list. The list, which was compiled by 82 chefs, restaurateurs, food journalists, and culinary experts across the country, is a must-read for both foodies and travellers alike.
While the top 10 spots on this year's list were claimed by old favourites, there was a lost of movement in this year's rankings. "More than a third of the restaurants included in the 2017 top 100 (35 of them, to be precise) did not appear on our list in 2016," editor-in-chief and food writer Jacob Richler said. "And 15 of the restaurants featured in our 2017 top 50 are altogether new to it."
And it's the new restaurants you'll want to keep your eye on. Alo — last year's Best New Restaurant winner — was this year's big winner, bumping Montreal's Toqué! to the second spot.
Check out the top 10 below:
Lovely experience at Toqué Restaurant in Montreal -/- ordered the Degustation Menu, started out with (top left going right) 1. Amuse Bouche (tuna topped with tomato flavored nitro mousse) -- 2. Scallops on the shell -- 3. Oyster with special citrus sauce -- 4. Thon Bluefin (Bluefin Tuna) with a delicious tomato sauce -- 5. Foie Gras with a French-toast-inspired Brioche, pistachios and chutney -- 6. Agneau: Meat :: eggplant, tomatoes with sliced red peppers and a delicious citrus / thym sauce -- 7. LAMB -- 8. Pre-Dessert: merengue strawberry and caramel (what I called a combination of Pavlova flavors) very delicious -- and last but not least, 9. Cream cheese ice cream, raspberry compote, a touch of chocolate ice cream and chocolate flakes to add to every bite // An absolutely great place and an amazing experience served with a unique combination of flavors 🍴 a MUST-GO in Montreal -- thank you so much for having us! @restaurant_toque
Joe Beef, Montreal
The ribeye for 2, from @joebeefmtl (Joe beef) in montreal. I've been meat free for the last 2 weeks now. I miss you so much steak... You were my only friend. Despite the name of this wonderful restaurant up in #montreal, meat isn't the only thing served. Modern French Upscale casual, but leaning toward the upscale as far as the food goes. But we'll do the first meal post properly for you beef eating heathens. If you up in Montreal and got a hankering for some meat, stop by this spot. #pommedesgarcons #leavingdishes #foodie #foodpics #foodpic #eat #hungry #foodgasm #hot #foodporn #montrealfood
Le Vin Papillon, Montreal
Buca Yorkville, Toronto
Toronto got a lot of recognition on this year's list. In addition to claiming five of the top 10 spots, Toronto-based chef Susur Lee was awarded the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award for his impact on Canada's culinary scene.