Restaurant Awards 2008
May 2, 2008
In a year that saw an unprecedented number of rooms open across the city—from luxed-up showrooms to hide-away bistros—competition was fierce. (As, at times, were the judges.). Here’s who came out on top, as announced on Monday, April 14, at a glittering gala held at the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre Hotel.
Established in 1990, the Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards is Canada’s largest and most prestigious culinary awards event and reflects Vancouver’s top ranking as the country’s leading culinary destination. Since inception, the event ceremony has continued to grow, to become a gala event, with an attendance of more than 700 guests.
Find a winner by category:
Restaurant of the Year
Bronze: Blue Water Cafe
Honourable Mention: Parkside & Fuel
Best New Fine Dining
Honourable Mention: Metro & Goldfish Pacific Kitchen
Best New Informal
Honourable Mention: Bistrot Bistro & Jules Bistro
Gold: Bacchus Piano Lounge at the Wedgewood Hotel
Honourable Mention:The Cascade Room & Nu
Honourable Mention: Lumière & Le Crocodile
Best GVRD Destination
Gold: Pear Tree
Silver: La Belle Auberge
Bronze: Bacchus Bistro at Domaine de Chaberton
Honourable Mention: Hart House & Globe@YVR
Gold: Aurora Bistro
Silver: Raincity Grill
Honourable Mention: C & Fuel
Best Small Plates
Gold: Bins 941/942
Bronze: Salt Tasting Room
Honourable Mention: Kingyo & Nu
Best Formal Italian
Silver: Il Giardino
Bronze: La Terrazza
Honourable Mention: Quattro on Fourth & Cin Cin
Best Casual Italian
Gold: La Buca
Bronze: Osteria Napoli
Honourable Mention: Gusto di Quattro & Lombardo's
Best Other European
Honourable Mention: The Irish Heather/Shebeen Whiskey House & Transylvania Flavour
Best Formal French
Gold: Le Crocodile
Silver: Bacchus Restaurant at the Wedgewood Hotel
Honourable Mention: Bearfoot Bistro and Le Gavroche
Silver: La Regalade
Bronze: Bistro Pastis
Honourable Mention: Jules Bistro & Mistral Bistro
Gold: Blue Water Cafe
Bronze: Go Fish
Honourable Mention:Tojo's & Coast
Best Formal Japanese
Silver: Raw Bar at Blue Water Cafe
Honourable Mention:Yoshi & Octopus' Garden
Best Casual Japanese
Silver: Zest Japanese Cuisine
Honourable Mention: Yuji's Japanese Tapas & Guu
Best Formal Chinese
Silver: Sun Sui Wah
Bronze: Sea Harbour
Honourable Mention: Red Star & Shanghai River
Best Casual Chinese
Gold: Chen's Shanghai
Silver: Koon Bo Seafood
Bronze: Ho Yuen Kee
Honourable Mention: Landmark Hot Pot House & Northern Delicacy
Best Dim Sum
Bronze: Sun Sui Wah
Honourable Mention: Sea Harbour, Shanghai River
Honourable Mention: Ashiana Tandoori & Chutney Villa
Best Southeast Asian
Gold: Phnom Penh
Silver: Spice Islands
Bronze: Banana Leaf
Honourable Mention: The Flying Tiger & Rekados
Best of the Americas
Gold: Dona Cata
Silver: Rinconcito Salvadoreno
Bronze: Baru Latino
Honourable Mention: Cobre & Me & Julio
Gold: Gotham Steakhouse
Silver: Morton's The Steakhouse
Bronze: Hamilton Street Grill and Memphis Blues
Honourable Mention: Hy's Encore
Best Casual Chain
Gold: Cactus Club Cafe
Silver: Browns Social House
Bronze: The Keg
Honourable Mention: Earls & Joeys
Best North Shore
Gold: La Regalade
Silver: Gustro Di Quattro
Bronze: Dundarave Fish Market
Honourable Mention:The Crab Shop & La Cucina
Silver: Bearfoot Bistro
Bronze: Fifty Two 80 Bistro
Honourable Mention:Apres & Rim Rock Cafe
Silver: Brasserie l'ecole
Bronze: Cafe Brio
Honourable Mention:Niche & Stage
Best Vancouver Island
Gold: Sooke Harbour House
Bronze: The Pointe at the Wickaninnish Inn
Honourable Mention: The Wesley Street Restaurant & Markus' Wharfside
Best Resort Dining
Gold: The Pointe at the Wickaninnish Inn
Silver: Sooke Harbour House
Bronze: The Rosemeade Dining Room at the English Inn
Honourable Mention: Long Beach Lodge & The Aerie Resort Dining Room
Bronze: Waterfront Wine Bar
Honourable Mention: Toasted Oak Wine Bar and Grill
Best Winery/Vineyard Dining
Silver: Old Vines Patio Restaurant at Quails' Gate & Vineyard Terrace at Cedar Creek
Bronze: Bacchus Bistro at Domaine de Chamberton
Honourable Mention: Sonora Room at Burrowing Owl
Best Hotel Dining
Gold: Bacchus at the Wedgewood Hotel
Silver: Diva at the Met
Bronze: Yew at Four Seasons
Honourable Mention: Elixir
Best Last Course
Gold: Cin Cin
Silver: Thomas Haas Patisserie and Cappuccino Bar
Bronze: Ganache Patisserie
Honourable Mention: West
Chef of the Year
Bartender of the Year
Lifetime Achievement Award
Ingredient of the year
Design of the Year
Supplier/Producer of the Year
Playhouse Wine List Winners
Eastern Feasts: The role of Asian cooking on our fine dining
Remembering James Barber
About the Awards:
Meet our judges
Murray Bancroft is a regular contributor to Western Living magazine, and also works as a research chef and food stylist.
Christina Burridge is the drink editor for Vancouver magazine and executive director of the B.C. Seafood Alliance.
Sid Cross contributes wine and food notes for Western Living and sits on the judging panel for this magazine's International Wine Awards competition.
Chris Gonzalez is a freelance food writer and frequent contributor to Vancouver.
Gary Hynes is the publisher and editor of Eat magazine and has also written for
Western Living and Northwest Palate.
Joie Alvaro Kent is a freelance food writer for Vancouver magazine and Eat magazine.
Qubic Lam is a freelance Chinese food and wine writer.
Deana Lancaster is the food and wine editor for the North Shore News and Look magazine, and a contributor to Sunset magazine.
Lee Man is a freelance food writer; his work has appeared in this magazine, Eat magazine, the Vancouver edition of Time Out, and Best Places Vancouver.
Brendon Mathews is a freelance food writer.
Barbara-jo McIntosh is an author and the owner of her own bookstore, Barbara-Jo's Books to Cooks.
Jason McRobbbie promotes culinary destinations for the BC Culinary Tourism Society and contributes to Alive magazine.
Andrew Morrison is the publisher of UrbanDiner.ca, the host of Waiterforum, the restaurant critic for the Westender, a contributor to Vancouver magazine, and the Vancouver editor of Eat magazine.
Tim Pawsey writes on food and wine for the Vancouver Courier, North Shore News, and Where Vancouver, and co-edits Zagat's Best of Vancouver.
David Scholefield is the chief judge for Vancouver magazine's International Wine Competition.
Shelora Sheldon is a freelance food and travel writer, Victoria city editor for Western Living magazine, and a contributing editor to Northwest Palate. She is also the Island contributor for this magazine's Eating and Drinking Guide, and Best Places Vancouver.
Mia Stainsby is the indefatigable restaurant critic and food writer for the Vancouver Sun.
Kasey Wilson is a freelance writer and broadcaster/producer on CFUN's Best of Food & Wine, and the editor of Best Places Vancouver and the Vancouver/Whistler edition of Best Places to Kiss.
Stephen Wong is a freelance food and wine journalist and cookbook author.
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