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In a year that saw an unprecedented number of rooms open across the city—from luxed-up showrooms to hide-away bistros—competition was fierce. (As, at times, were the judges.). Here’s who came out on top, as announced on Monday, April 14, at a glittering gala held at the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre Hotel.
Established in 1990, the Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards is Canada’s largest and most prestigious culinary awards event and reflects Vancouver’s top ranking as the country’s leading culinary destination. Since inception, the event ceremony has continued to grow, to become a gala event, with an attendance of more than 700 guests.
Gold: West Silver: Cioppino’s Bronze: Blue Water Cafe Honourable Mention: Parkside & Fuel
Gold: Fuel Silver: Chow Bronze: So.Cial Honourable Mention: Metro & Goldfish Pacific Kitchen
Gold: Boneta Silver: Pied-à-Terre Bronze: Cobre Honourable Mention: Bistrot Bistro & Jules Bistro
Gold: Bacchus Piano Lounge at the Wedgewood Hotel Silver: Chambar Bronze: Boneta Honourable Mention:The Cascade Room & Nu
Gold: West Silver: Bishop’s Bronze: Boneta Honourable Mention: Lumière & Le Crocodile
Gold: Pear Tree Silver: La Belle Auberge Bronze: Bacchus Bistro at Domaine de Chaberton Honourable Mention: Hart House & Globe@YVR
Gold: Aurora Bistro Silver: Raincity Grill Bronze: Bishop’s Honourable Mention: C & Fuel
Gold: Bins 941/942 Silver: Cru Bronze: Salt Tasting Room Honourable Mention: Kingyo & Nu
Gold: Cioppino’s/Enoteca Silver: Il Giardino Bronze: La Terrazza Honourable Mention: Quattro on Fourth & Cin Cin
Gold: La Buca Silver: Zambri’s Bronze: Osteria Napoli Honourable Mention: Gusto di Quattro & Lombardo’s
Gold: Chambar Silver: Senova Bronze: Athene’s Honourable Mention: The Irish Heather/Shebeen Whiskey House & Transylvania Flavour
Gold: Le Crocodile Silver: Bacchus Restaurant at the Wedgewood Hotel Bronze: Lumiere Honourable Mention: Bearfoot Bistro and Le Gavroche
Gold: Pied-a-Terre Silver: La Regalade Bronze: Bistro Pastis Honourable Mention: Jules Bistro & Mistral Bistro
Gold: Blue Water Cafe Silver: C Bronze: Go Fish Honourable Mention:Tojo’s & Coast
Gold: Tojo’s Silver: Raw Bar at Blue Water Cafe Bronze: En Honourable Mention:Yoshi & Octopus’ Garden
Gold: Kingyo Silver: Zest Japanese Cuisine Bronze: Okada Honourable Mention: Yuji’s Japanese Tapas & Guu
Gold: Kirin Silver: Sun Sui Wah Bronze: Sea Harbour Honourable Mention: Red Star & Shanghai River
Gold: Chen’s Shanghai Silver: Koon Bo Seafood Bronze: Ho Yuen Kee Honourable Mention: Landmark Hot Pot House & Northern Delicacy
Gold: Kirin Silver: Gingeri Bronze: Sun Sui Wah Honourable Mention: Sea Harbour, Shanghai River
Gold: Vij’s Silver: Maurya Bronze: Rangoli Honourable Mention: Ashiana Tandoori & Chutney Villa
Gold: Phnom Penh Silver: Spice Islands Bronze: Banana Leaf Honourable Mention: The Flying Tiger & Rekados
Gold: Dona Cata Silver: Rinconcito Salvadoreno Bronze: Baru Latino Honourable Mention: Cobre & Me & Julio
Gold: Gotham Steakhouse Silver: Morton’s The Steakhouse Bronze: Hamilton Street Grill and Memphis Blues Honourable Mention: Hy’s Encore
Gold: Cactus Club Cafe Silver: Browns Social House Bronze: The Keg Honourable Mention: Earls & Joeys
Gold: La Regalade Silver: Gustro Di Quattro Bronze: Dundarave Fish Market Honourable Mention:The Crab Shop & La Cucina
Gold: AraxiSilver: Bearfoot BistroBronze: Fifty Two 80 BistroHonourable Mention:Apres & Rim Rock Cafe
Gold: Zambri’sSilver: Brasserie l’ecoleBronze: Cafe BrioHonourable Mention:Niche & Stage
Gold: Sooke Harbour House Silver: Sobo Bronze: The Pointe at the Wickaninnish Inn Honourable Mention: The Wesley Street Restaurant & Markus’ Wharfside
Gold: The Pointe at the Wickaninnish Inn Silver: Sooke Harbour House Bronze: The Rosemeade Dining Room at the English Inn Honourable Mention: Long Beach Lodge & The Aerie Resort Dining Room
Gold: Fresco Silver: Bouchons Bronze: Waterfront Wine Bar Honourable Mention: Toasted Oak Wine Bar and Grill
Gold: Terrace Silver: Old Vines Patio Restaurant at Quails’ Gate & Vineyard Terrace at Cedar Creek Bronze: Bacchus Bistro at Domaine de Chamberton Honourable Mention: Sonora Room at Burrowing Owl
Gold: Bacchus at the Wedgewood Hotel Silver: Diva at the Met Bronze: Yew at Four Seasons Honourable Mention: Elixir
Gold: Cin Cin Silver: Thomas Haas Patisserie and Cappuccino Bar Bronze: Ganache Patisserie Honourable Mention: West
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Murray Bancroft is a regular contributor to Western Living magazine, and also works as a research chef and food stylist.
Christina Burridge is the drink editor for Vancouver magazine and executive director of the B.C. Seafood Alliance.
Sid Cross contributes wine and food notes for Western Living and sits on the judging panel for this magazine’s International Wine Awards competition. Chris Gonzalez is a freelance food writer and frequent contributor to Vancouver.
Gary Hynes is the publisher and editor of Eat magazine and has also written for Western Living and Northwest Palate.
Joie Alvaro Kent is a freelance food writer for Vancouver magazine and Eat magazine.
Qubic Lam is a freelance Chinese food and wine writer.
Deana Lancaster is the food and wine editor for the North Shore News and Look magazine, and a contributor to Sunset magazine.
Lee Man is a freelance food writer; his work has appeared in this magazine, Eat magazine, the Vancouver edition of Time Out, and Best Places Vancouver.
Brendon Mathews is a freelance food writer.
Barbara-jo McIntosh is an author and the owner of her own bookstore, Barbara-Jo’s Books to Cooks.
Jason McRobbbie promotes culinary destinations for the BC Culinary Tourism Society and contributes to Alive magazine.
Andrew Morrison is the publisher of UrbanDiner.ca, the host of Waiterforum, the restaurant critic for the Westender, a contributor to Vancouver magazine, and the Vancouver editor of Eat magazine.
Tim Pawsey writes on food and wine for the Vancouver Courier, North Shore News, and Where Vancouver, and co-edits Zagat’s Best of Vancouver.
David Scholefield is the chief judge for Vancouver magazine’s International Wine Competition. Shelora Sheldon is a freelance food and travel writer, Victoria city editor for Western Living magazine, and a contributing editor to Northwest Palate. She is also the Island contributor for this magazine’s Eating and Drinking Guide, and Best Places Vancouver.
Mia Stainsby is the indefatigable restaurant critic and food writer for the Vancouver Sun.
Kasey Wilson is a freelance writer and broadcaster/producer on CFUN’s Best of Food & Wine, and the editor of Best Places Vancouver and the Vancouver/Whistler edition of Best Places to Kiss. Stephen Wong is a freelance food and wine journalist and cookbook author.
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