Despite hospitality’s hibernation due to lockdown restrictions, Canada’s 100 Best Restaurants list returns with Toronto’s fine-dining gem Alo once again claiming top spot on the 2020 edition.
As the county’s restaurants are either open or preparing to reopen there is an air of optimism in Canada's restaurant scene, so it’s good timing that the winners of the annual Canada’s 100 Best Restaurants list 2020 is announced. Second place went to Vancouver’s St. Lawrence and third to Joe Beef of Montreal.
After a difficult start to the year, the future is bright for Canada’s culinary scene with twenty-two restaurants added to the list. Sushi Masaki Saito in Toronto was named Best New Restaurant 2020 with other noteworthy additions being, Alice in Ottawa, Montreal’s Beba, Arvi in Quebec City, Lulu Bar in Calgary and Vancouver’s Como Taperia.
The list has changed somewhat, with the usual review format altered to inform about updates on what restaurants are doing with takeout and picku, and any other initiatives to keep the lights on, retain staff and keep suppliers busy.
Rafael Covarrbias won the One to Watch Award, sponsored by S.Pellegrino
Individual awards were also granted to those doing exceptional things in Canada’s restaurant industry:
Outstanding Chef - Patrick Kriss
Best Farm to Table - Canoe
One to Watch - Rafael Covarrubias
Sponsored by S. Pellegrino
Best Sommelier - Bryant Mao
Best Pastry Chef - Kenta Takahashi
Most Innovative Chef - Daniel Hadida and Eric Robertson
Canada's 100 Best Restaurants / Top 20
2. St. Lawrence
3. Joe Beef
4. Langdon Hall
7. Montréal Plaza
10. Sushi Masaki Saito
11. Buca Osteria & Bar
12. Kissa Tanto
13. Bar Von Der Fels
16. Le Mousso
17. The Restaurant at Pearl Morissette
20. Bar Kismet