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Air Canada Looking For Canada's Best New Restaurants

Air Canada is looking for Canada’s best new restaurants and has unveiled 30 nominees to make the Top 10 list.

The list, drawn from a coast-to-coast culinary exploration, is out on

From an Italian-inflected seafood menu in a beachy Halifax room to the wildly creative charcuterie cabinet of a French bistro in Victoria, this year’s finalists celebrate the delectable diversity of Canadian cuisine.

Based on the recommendations from a panel of food experts, Air Canada sends one writer on an anonymous, month-long, cross-country dining marathon to determine the most notable new openings that become contenders for the coveted annual Top 10 list.

“For over 15 years, Air Canada has been committed to discovering the latest Canadian culinary innovations and dining destinations, and celebrating the central role they play in our customers’ travel experience,” says Andy Shibata, managing director, Brand, Air Canada. “This year, we want to celebrate diversity in Canada’s culinary culture and highlight chefs and restaurateurs with global backgrounds. Their achievements will be honoured and featured online and in Air Canada’s enRoute onboard magazine.”

The 2018 nominees for Canada’s Best New Restaurants are: 1909 Kitchen, Tofino, BC; Aloette, Toronto; Atlas, Toronto; Avenue Restaurant, Regina; Bar Kismet, Halifax; Biera, Edmonton; Bistro Rosie, Montreal; Bread and Circus, Calgary; Bündok, Edmonton; La Cabane d’à Côté, Mirabel, QC; The Courtney Room, Victoria; Cruz Tacos, Calgary; Donna Mac, Calgary; Elena, Montreal; Giulietta, Toronto; Hopkins, Montreal; Il Covo, Toronto; Kanto 98th St., Edmonton; Kiin, Toronto; Kūkŭm Kitchen, Toronto; Mon Lapin, Montreal; Omai, Toronto; Oxbow, Winnipeg; Passero, Winnipeg; The Restaurant at Pearl Morissette, Jordan Station, ON; Sand and Pearl, Picton, ON; Seedlings, Bloomfield, ON; Skippa, Toronto; St. Lawrence, Vancouver; Tanto, Toronto.

The annual Top 10 ranking will be unveiled at a celebration in Toronto on Oct. 25. Tickets for this event go on sale Aug. 24, giving diners an opportunity to sample Canada’s Best New Restaurants all in one place.


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