The Results: The 2016 Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards

Make your reservations quickly, as we have a feeling these rooms are about to get even busier

Make your reservations quickly, as we have a feeling these rooms are about to get even busier

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Democracy, broadly speaking, is a good thing. But when it comes to food? Well, let’s just say that’s not its most effective application. Yes, everyone with a smartphone and a spoon is free to express their opinion, but we still believe in the value of expertise—and the people who possess it, those whose palates can’t be swayed by PR or payola. Once again, those people have rendered their verdicts. Welcome to our enlightened dictatorship.maenamRestaurant of the Year



When asked his age, Angus An says he’s 36. No, he corrects himself—35. “I feel 46, to be honest with you,” he says. It’s an understandable mix up. Age is an easy thing to forget for someone like An, who opened his first restaurant, Gastropod, when he was just 26. Maenam, his flagship restaurant, came three years later, and he’s since opened three casual eateries and won more awards for his work than most chefs twice his age. Indeed, 35 seems almost impossibly young considering the fact that, according to this year’s Restaurant Awards judges, An has been instrumental in not only putting out amazing food night after night but also transforming Vancouver’s dining scene in the process.

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 royaldinetteBest New Restaurant

Royal Dinette

threestars905 Dunsmuir St. 604-974-8077It’s probably safe to say that “business as usual” is not a concept that David Gunawan looks upon favourably. After all, his career has been defined by a seemingly relentless need for change, both in the plates he puts out and the places in which they get served. That sensibility has found its fullest expression at Royal Dinette, where the food that he and head chef Jack Chen are creating is almost defiantly—and always unapologetically—creative.Bauhaussilverstar1 W. Cordova St.604-974-1147AnnaLenaonestar1809 W. 1st Ave.604-379-4052Honourable Mentions: La Tab, Ancora

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Best Upscale


threestars801 W. Georgia St.604-673-7000Bauhaussilverstar1 W. Cordova St., 604-974-1147Cioppino’sonestar1133 Hamilton St.604-688-7466Honourable Mentions: The Pear Tree, Blue Water CafeaskforluigiBest Casual

Ask for Luigi

threestars305 Alexander St.604-428-2544Maenamsilverstar1938 W. 4th Ave.604-730-5579Bao Beionestar163 Keefer St.604-688-0876Honourable Mentions: AnnaLena, La TabPino_LobsterLinguini 013Best Upscale Italian


threestars1133 Hamilton St.604-688-7466Giardinosilverstar1328 Hornby St.604-669-2422CinCinonestar1154 Robson St.604-688-7338Honourable Mentions: Cinara, La Querciaaskforluigi2Best Casual Italian

Ask for Luigi (tie)

threestars305 Alexander St.604-428-2544

L’ufficio (tie)

threestars3687 W. 4th Ave.604-676-1007Luposilverstar869 Hamilton St.604-569-2535Honourable Mention: Campagnolo RomalecrocodileBest Upscale French

Le Crocodile

threestars100–909 Burrard St.604-669-4298L’Abattoirsilverstar217 Carrall St., 604-568-1701Bacchusonestar845 Hornby St., 604-608-5319Honourable Mentions: Five Sails, ChambarAu-Comptoir-(Hi-Res)-20Best Casual French

Au Comptoir

threestars2278 W. 4th Ave., 604-569-2278Tableausilverstar1181 Melville St., 604-639-8692Les Faux Bourgeoisonestar663 E. 15th Ave. , 604-873-9733Honourable Mentions: Bistro Wagon Rouge, JulesZestBest Upscale Japanese


threestars2775 W. 16th Ave., 604-731-9378Tojo’ssilverstar1133 W. Broadway, 604-872-8050Masayoshionestar4376 Fraser St., 604-428-6272Honourable Mentions: Kiriri, MikukinomeBest Casual Japanese


threestars2511 W. Broadway, 778-379-1925Kingyosilverstar871 Denman St., 604-608-1677Rajioonestar3763 W. 10th Ave., 604-558-1679Honourable Mentions: Kishimoto, SuikaDynastySeaFoodBest Upscale Chinese

Dynasty Seafood

threestars108–777 W. Broadway, 604-876-8388Chef Tonysilverstar101–4600 No. 3 Rd., Richmond, 604-279-0083The Jadeonestar8511 Alexandra Rd., Richmond, 604-249-0082Honourable Mentions: Hoitong, Chang’AnDinesty Dumpling HouseBest Casual Chinese


threestarsVarious locationsLong’ssilverstar4853 Main St., 604-879-7879Ningtuonestar2130 Kingsway, 604-438-6669Honourable Mentions: Old Xian Food, Kongee DinestymrredcafeBest Vietnamese

Mr. Red Cafe 

threestars2234 E. Hastings St., 604-710-9515Hai Phongsilverstar1246 Kingsway, 604-872-3828My Chauonestar1715 Kingsway. 604-874-6880Honourable Mentions: Chau Veggie Express, Hoi An CaferoyalseoulhouseBest Korean

Royal Seoul House

threestars1215 W. Broadway, 604-739-9001Hanwoorisilverstar5740 Imperial St., Burnaby, 604-439-0815Damsoonestar867 Denman St., 604-632-0022Honourable Mentions: Seoul Doogbaegi, Ma Dang GoulMaenam2Best Thai


threestars1938 W. 4th Ave., 604-730-5579Jitlada silverstar1459 W. Broadway, 604-738-9888Longtailonestar116–810 Quayside Dr., New Westminster, 604-553-3855Honourable Mentions: Thai Cuisine by Montri, SalaThaiMYSHANTI-7004Best Indian

My Shanti

threestars15869 Croydon Dr., Surrey, 604-560-4416Dosa Cornersilverstar8248 Fraser St., 604-324-3672Sachdeva Sweetsonestar118-7500 120 St., Surrey, 604-591-6788Honourable Mentions: Rangoli, Apna ChaatPhnom PenhBest Other Asian

Phnom Penh 

threestars244 E. Georgia St., 604-682-5777Pidgin silverstar350 Carrall St., 604-620-9400Torafuku onestar958 Main St., 778-903-2006Honourable Mention: The Uniondinesty-pinkBest Dim Sum


threestars108–777 W. Broadway, 604-876-8388Chef Tonysilverstar101–4600 No. 3 Rd., Richmond, 604-279-0083Golden Paramountonestar8071 Park Rd., Richmond, 604-278-0873Honourable Mentions: Kirin, VivacityDaniel.GoBest Noodle House

Hokkaido Ramen Santouka

threestars1690 Robson St., Vancouver, 604-681-8121Marutama Ra-mensilverstar780 Bidwell St., 604-688-8837Motomachi Shokudoonestar740 Denman St., 604-609-0310Honourable Mentions: Congee Noodle House, Fat MaomollicafeBest of the Americas

Molli Café

threestars1225 Burrard St., 604-336-6554D Roti Shak silverstar808 12th St., New Westminster, 604-544-5994Las Tortasonestar3353 Cambie St., 604-569-1402Honourable Mentions: The Mexican, Back Forty`VM0416_CarloRicci_140320_VanMag_RestaurantAwards_5_428Best Steakhouse

Hy’s Encore

threestars637 Hornby St., 604-683-7671Gothamsilverstar615 Seymour St., 604-605-8282Black+Blueonestar1032 Alberni St., 604-637-0777Honourable Mentions: Joe Fortes, Hamilton Street Grillbluewater1Best Seafood

Blue Water Cafe

threestars1095 Hamilton St., 604-688-8078Tojo’ssilverstar1133 W. Broadway, 604-872-8050Ancoraonestar2–1600 Howe St., 604-681-1164Honourable Mentions: Boulevard, Landmark Hot PotVijRailwayExpressBest Food Cart

Vij’s Railway Express

threestars@vijsrailwayLa BohèmesilverstarVia Tevereonestar@ViaTeverePizzaHonourable Mentions: Le Tigre, YolkskingyoBest Casual Chain


threestarsVarious locationsCactus Club CafesilverstarVarious locationsLa TaqueriaonestarVarious locationsHonourable Mentions: Guu, EarlsRevolver-2Best Coffeehouse


threestars325 Cambie St.Timbertrainsilverstar311 W Cordova St.Milanoonestar156 W 8th Ave.Honourable Mentions: The Birds & The Beets, Bump n GrindpizzabufalaBest Pizzeria


threestars5395 West Blvd.Via Teveresilverstar1190 Victoria Dr.Pizzeria Farinaonestar915 Main St. The Neighbourhoods categories are brought to you by YP Dinedine-logo-enkingyo2Best West End


threestars871 Denman St., 604-608-1677Tavolasilverstar1829 Robson St.604-606-4680Espanaonestar1118 Denman St., 604-558-4040Honourable Mentions: Gyoza King, The Fat BadgersantoukaBest Yaletown

Bistro Sakana

threestars1123 Mainland St., 604-633-1280La Pentolasilverstar350 Davie St., 604-642-0557The Flying Pigonestar1168 Hamilton St., 604-568-1344Honourable Mentions: Provence Marinaside, Rodney’s Oyster HousebaobeiBest Gastown/Chinatown

Bao Bei

threestars163 Keefer St., 604-688-0876Ask for Luigisilverstar305 Alexander St., 604-428-2544Bestieonestar105 E. Pender St., 604-620-1175Honourable Mentions: Fat MaocinaraBest Downtown


threestars350 W. Pender St., 604-428-9694Royal Dinettesilverstar905 Dunsmuir St., 604-974-8077Gyozo Bar (TIE)onestar622 W. Pender St., 604-336-5563Ramen Jinya (TIE)onestar270 Robson St., 604-568-9711Honourable Mention: BaoQilufficioBest West Side


threestars3687 W. 4th Ave.. 604-676-1007Au Comptoirsilverstar2278 W. 4th Ave., 604-569-2278Maenamonestar1938 W. 4th Ave., 604-730-5579Honourable Mentions: Rajio, Farmer’s ApprenticeViaTevereBest East Side

Via Tevere

threestars1190 Victoria Dr., 604-336-1803Burdock & Co.silverstar2702 Main St., 604-879-0077Kalvin’sonestar5225 Victoria Dr., 604-321-2888Honourable Mentions: Mr. Red Cafe, Chau Veggie Expresscanyon-restaurantBest North Shore


threestars3135 Edgemont Blvd. , North Vancouver, 604-987-8812