Celebrating 15 years - Depuis 15 ans

15 Years of CBNR

With a taupe-toned cover showing a flute of bubbly reflected in the tines of a fork, Air Canada enRoute kicked off the magazine's first national dining survey in 2002. The mission: to give Canada's restaurant scene the international recognition it deserved. Food writer Amy Rosen hit the road to do just that, with such great results that she would repeat her epic epicurean journey the following year. "Some people have all the luck," then-editor Arjun Basu noted in introducing the annual initiative. Air Canada enRoute Canada's Best New Restaurants program has grown in leaps and bounds since then, promoting and supporting the country's culinary talent, celebrating some trends and putting others to rest. Looking back over the hundreds of shared discoveries from five food writers over the last decade and a half, we believe Canadians do have all the luck.

Discover 15 years of eating, drinking and trend spotting
2002
Catch
Calgary, AB
100 8 Ave. SE
403-206-0000
2002 <em>enRoute</em> Magazine Cover
2002-2005
Writer's Souvenir
Amy Rosen
"When I arrived at the gloriously renovated old Imperial Bank Building, Catch had been open for just four days. I had my first taste of absinthe here, and an oyster tasting that hit four different provinces, from Cortes Island, British Columbia, to St. John's, Newfoundland. I still remember the chowder, basically oysters coddled in cream. To open a seafood joint with such beauty and precision told me this place had legs. Catch has since spawned the next generation of great Calgary chefs, most of whom started here under chef Michael Noble."
2003
Bymark
Toronto, ON
66 Wellington St. W.
416-777-1144
2004
Ristorante Brontë
Montréal, QC
closed
2005
Garçon!
Montréal, QC
closed
2006
Nu
Vancouver, BC
closed
2007
Atlantica
Portugal Cove, NL
closed
2007 <em>enRoute</em> Magazine Cover
2004-2008
Writer's Souvenir
Chris Johns
"I remember in 2007 at the very end of my trip, I drove to a small hotel in Portugal Cove, about half an hour outside of St. John's. My expectations weren't high for Atlantica, but within two bites of Jeremy Charles' simple cod fillet, nearly gelatinous in its tenderness and carried aloft on a bright current of preserved lemon, I knew I had a winner."
2008
Nota Bene
Toronto, ON
180 Queen St. W.
416-977-6400
2009
Cibo Trattoria
Vancouver, BC
900 Seymour St.
604-602-9570
2009 <em>enRoute</em> Magazine Cover
2009
Writer's Souvenir
Chris Nuttall-Smith
"I'll never forget driving out to Cabane à Sucre Au Pied de Cochon one night near the end of my tour. My dinner partner drove toward Mirabel like an F1 contender, in the rain on rolling country roads, using an early-model GPS. We became 15 minutes late, then 30 minutes late, for a reservation that had been almost impossible to get. What I remember most, though, was the welcome when we finally got there: A jug of maple syrup hit the table, followed by wave after wave of brilliant food; at one point they even set down an entire tourtière."
2010
Haisai
Singhampton, ON
794079 County Rd 124, RR#2
705-445-2748
2011
Raymonds
St. John's, NL
95 Water St.
709-579-5800
2012
Edulis
Toronto, ON
169 Niagara St.
416-703-4222
2012 <em>enRoute</em> Magazine Cover
2010-2012
Writer's Souvenir
Sarah Musgrave
"An exceptional meal is like falling in love: You have the feeling that these things were supposed to meet on this plate at this moment. I was so swept up in the meant-to-be magic of the dishes at Toronto's Edulis – the porcini and foie gras, the vibrant cedar-baked salmon – that I left my notebook in the bathroom, where I'd hidden out to surreptitiously take notes. After a horrible couple of minutes of waiting outside the door, I can only imagine the look on my face as I pushed past the next person exiting."
2013
Bar Isabel
Toronto, ON
797 College St.
416-532-2222
2014
Wolf In The Fog
Tofino, BC
150 4th St.
250-725-9653
2012 <em>enRoute</em> Magazine Cover
2013-2016
Writer's Souvenir
Andrew Braithwaite
"My most surprising discoveries have been far-flung destination restaurants. There's something about driving for hours down remote highways to places like Tofino in B.C. for Wolf in the Fog, or a two-day, by-land-air-and-sea trek to reach Fogo Island Inn. I remember my first bite of that fried oyster at the Wolf, wrapped in a nest of shoestring potato, and knowing that the journey had been worthwhile."
2015
Pigeonhole
Calgary, AB
306 17th Ave. SW
403-452-4694
2016
Kissa Tanto
Vancouver, BC
263 East Pender St.
778-379-8078

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