Raymond’s Restaurant, St. John’s, Newfoundland

Raymond’s Restaurant has set a new bar for Canadian dining. Located in a wonderful old bank building in downtown St. John’s, Chef Jeremy Charles celebrates both the modern and traditional ingredients of Newfoundland and Labrador. Almost as soon as it opened, Raymond’s was named...

The Merchant Tavern, St. John’s, Newfoundland

The Merchant Tavern, named because, as co-owners Jeremy Bonia and Jeremy Charles write, “For hundreds of years, merchants have played a role in the development of St. John’s and the province. Merchants came from England and supplied resident fishing families with the goods and equipment...

Les Fougères, Chelsea, Quebec

If you’re in the Ottawa Valley or the Outaouais and you mention the concept of regional cooking in Quebec, Les Fougères will be named. Chefs Charles Part and Jennifer Warren Part are completely and utterly dedicated to serving forth the best food and wine to their clientele. Aside from the...

Rossmount Country Inn, St. Andrews, New Brunswick

Often it’s great innkeepers who want to share the successes of their friends. In this case, it was Bill Bennett of Langdon Hall in Ontario who guided me to Rossmount Inn, just outside the bustle of St. Andrews.  It’s easy to miss.  One word…DON’T! Chris and Graziella Aerni, a couple...

BUCA Yorkville, Toronto

BUCA Yorkville is the relatively new sister restaurant to BUCA, the osteria that has defined Italian dining in Toronto by sourcing Canadian ingredients and creating stunningly imaginative menus. But the Yorkville location has a mind of its own.  It’s very-open-kitchen is downright inspiring...

Buca Osteria & Enoteca, Toronto

In spite of the restaurant’s Italian name and it’s food voice the speaks full blown Italian, Chef Rob Gentile cooks more “Canadian” than most chefs in the nation. In fact, Buca is one of the finest examples anywhere in Canada of how our restaurants have evolved.  He, his...

Waterfront Wines Restaurant, Kelowna, British Columbia

Kelowna is a hotbed of culinary talent. Many of the young chefs (seems that youth is a prerequisite) have arrived from across Canada. Because the city is at the heart of the wine industry, it was just a matter of time before a chef with sommelier credentials would land in the valley. In 2004,...

Les Jardins de Métis, Grand Métis, Quebec

Les Jardins de Métis is a magical place and a testament to a dream that has spanned generations of the Reford family. In the summer of 1926, Elsie Reford began transforming her fishing camp on the Metis River into a garden. Located 220 miles north-east of Quebec City, at 48.51º N. latitude, the...

Juniper, Vancouver

Vancouver’s Juniper, a relatively new (opened in the winter of 2015-16) establishment was anticipated for several reasons, the first being the arrival of Executive Chef Sarah Stewart with her backpack of credentials and secondly the entrance of the other team member, Shaun Layton, who is the...

FireWorks, Inn at Bay Fortune, Fortune, Prince Edward Island

Rooted on the coast near Souris, P.E.I., The Inn at Bay Fortune’s gracious gardens and talented kitchen are embedded in island food culture.  It is the home of Chef Michael Smith’s dream restaurant.  Any one who has watched him in action knows that he casts a large presence and his...