Best New Restau­rant

Vancouver Magazine - - Restaurant Awards - St. Lawrence 269 Pow­ell St., st­lawrencer­estau­rant.com

2 Botanist 1038 Canada Pl., botanistrestau­rant.com 3 Mak NMing 1629 Yew St., makn­ming.com hon­ourable men­tions j Yuwa, Fayuca Imag­ine if, in the story of the tor­toise and the hare, the bunny just kept run­ning and run­ning un­til he won the race by a coun­try mile. That would be the 2017 jug­ger­naut that was this year’s Gold win­ner, St. Lawrence. It was eas­ily the most hyped restau­rant open­ing of the year (his­tor­i­cally more of a curse than ab­less­ing in this cat­e­gory), but it was months, if not years, in plan­ning be­fore it opened its doors: menu test­ing, nu­mer­ous pop-ups, staff train­ing—re­peat. The re­sult is that it had nary an­otice­able road bump this year and areser­va­tion book that’s burst­ing at the seams with din­ers ea­ger to try chef JC Poirier’s take on the Québé­cois food of his youth. That be­ing said, Sil­ver win­ner

Botanist is no tor­toise. The beau­ti­ful room an­chor­ing the Fair­mont Pa­cific Rim­man­aged to pull off thein­sur­mount­able task of chang­ing the di­rec­tion of apur­pose-built ho­tel din­ing room, with the help of chef Hec­tor Laguna and de­signer CraigS­tanghetta—trans­form­ing the­former Oru into a room that chan­nels a luxe lo­ca­vorism. And Bronze goes to the dream team of chef Makoto Ono, pas­try chef Amanda Cheng and­som­me­lier Roger Maniwa of MakN

Ming, who opened atast­ing-menu-only restau­rant in the mid­dle of the most ca­sual street in town and have brought peo­ple in to their jewel-box room by pre­par­ing some of the most dy­namic, ad­ven­tur­ous fare in Van­cou­ver.

It’s burst­ing at the seams with din­ers ea­ger to try chef JC Poirier’s take on the Québé­cois food of his youth.

French Cana­di­ana With its home­style Québé­cois cook­ing, JC Poirier’s St. Lawrence won judges’ (and Van­cou­verites’) hearts this year.

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