Best Upscale 2012
May 1, 2012
Silver: Blue Water Cafe + Raw Bar | Bronze: Diva at the Met | Honourable Mentions: Cioppino’s Mediterranean Grill & Enoteca & Bishop’s
Though 2011 was the year of Hawksworth, the judges found plenty to praise in half a dozen other rooms, including Silver winner Blue Water Cafe (“the best place to take out-of-town guests eager to taste the finest seafood on offer, whether raw or transformed by chef Frank Pabst into classic flavours in creative presentations”). Diva at the Met earned Bronze, due entirely to chef Hamid Salimian’s boldly imaginative remake of the menu, while both Cioppino’s (“an unmatched dedication to perfection”) and Bishop’s (“it never falters”) earned acclaim as established rooms that can be easily overlooked in diners’ rush to try out the latest hot spot.