Best North Shore 2010

Gold: Fraîche

Silver: La Régalade
Bronze: Gusto di Quattro
Honourable Mention: The Observatory
Honourable Mention: Dundarave Fish Market

Time was, North and West Vancouver residents made do with B-list dining if bridge traffic felt too much; today, Fraîche is serving a rack of lamb that’s simply superlative. “Most restaurants with panoramic views rely on their wrap-around windows, but Fraîche takes Gold for flawless execution and well-rounded flavours.” Silver goes to West Van’s La Régalade for generous portions of unfussy French comfort food. Gusto di Quattro nabs Bronze for its smartly prepared pastas (go for Spaghetti Quattro). Honourable Mentions: classic cuisine comes out of The Observatory, and in-the-know North Shore types favour the unpretentious Dundarave Fish Market.