Wolf in the Fog in Tofino, British Columbia is the best new restaurant in Canada for 2014, writes Andrew Braithwaite for enRoute, Air Canada's in-flight magazine.
Le Vin Papillon, the wine bar from Joe Beef on Notre-Dame Ouest in Little Burgundy, took the third position behind Wolf in the Fog and The Farmer’s Apprentice in Vancouver.
Of the only Montreal entry to crack the top ten, Braithwaite writes: "Long-time Joe Beef guru Vanya Filipovic fills massive chalkboards with organic wines to run with a vegetable-focused cuisine from boyfriend and chef Marc-Olivier Frappier."
Reached this morning for comment, Frappier said: "You work so hard the first year of opening a restaurant. A little pat on the back like this feels really good."
The other honourees, in order, include RGE RD (Edmonton), Mallard Cottage (St.John’s), Bar Buca (Toronto), The Chase (Toronto), Ayden (Saskatoon), Légende (Quebec City) and Edna (Halifax). Ayden also won the People's Choice Award.
The other Montreal restaurants long-listed but ultimately cut from the top ten were Impasto, Le H4C, Mercuri, Patrice Pâtissier and Le Serpent.
The write-up of Le Vin Papillon on enRoute's site includes this beautifully-crafted video, with interviews with Filipovic, Frappier and Dave McMillan.