As is tradition at Eater, we close the year with a survey of food critics, writers, and bloggers. This year we posed eight questions, from meal of the year, to top restaurant newcomers. All will be revealed by the time we turn off the lights at the end of 2016. Responses are unedited, for the most part. Readers, please do add your survey answers in the comments.
Q: What were the top restaurant newcomers of 2016?
Lesley Chesterman, The Gazette fine dining critic:
I fell hard for Hoogan & Beaufort, and also Hvor. But I gotta say, Moleskine just pushed so many of my buttons. It just feels so on point and the chef, Fred St-Aubin is one fierce cook. I'm so happy to see him freed from Club 357C!
Marie-Claude Lortie, La Presse restaurant critic:
Moleskine, Cadet, Lupita, Larrys
Ian Harrison, Ricardo magazine; Eater Montreal founding editor:
Agrikol, Larrys, Otto Yakitori Izakaya, Arthurs Nosh Bar and Torteria Lupita. At the top of my list to try in 2017: Hvor, Marconi, Moleskine, Tiradito and Super Qualité. Also super curious to see what Jeremiah Bullied has done over at the remade Sala Rossa. Don’t even get me started on places that opened in 2015 that I haven’t tried yet. The list is embarrassingly long.
Iris Paradis-Gagnon, La Presse restaurant reporter:
Larrys: I just love the place — I was a fan of Sardine and they made a great job with the space. Everything you order is just delicious, earthy and well executed, the coffee is great and the wine list is just right on spot.
I also like these newcomers a lot: Foxy, Tiradito, Moleskine, Hoogan & Beaufort, Butterblume, Lov
Joanna Fox, Ricardo magazine associate editor:
Larrys, Agrikol, Moleskine, Hoogan & Beaufort, Marconi, Carboni.
Élise Tastet, Tastet blog:
So many! Personal favorites: Larrys, Cadet, Moleskine, and Marconi
Gastronomique: Hvor and Chasse Galerie
Casual: Torteria Lupita and Butterblume
Mélanie Boudreau, La Pique-Assiette blog:
Super Qualité, La Petite Maison, Torteria Lupita, Fiorellino, Ramen 9000, and Pier 66.