1. Hawksworth, Vancouver
Named restaurant of the year in 2012 by Maclean’s magazine, Hawksworth is the streetside jewel of Vancouver’s revamped Rosewood Hotel Georgia. Come for breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner to sample chef David Hawksworth’s extensive menu; selections might include an appetizer of pan-seared scallops with green apple and sesame ($17), an entree of Pacific sablefish with pickled shiitake and soy-braised daikon ($38) or – if you feel like sharing – a 30 oz heritage Angus bone-in ribeye for $125. The seven-course seasonal tasting menu is $84 or $134 with wine pairings.
(Photo courtesy of Hawksworth)
2. Hashimoto, Toronto
At $200 per person for lunch and $300 for dinner – that’s before drinks, tax and gratuity, though it does include a tea ceremony – you’d be right to expect perfection at this home to Japanese chef Masaki Hashimoto, and you’ll get it, according to the Toronto Star’s Amy Pataki, who heaped praise upon her nine-course dinner, including such dishes as white squid topped with rhubarb juice and macerated cherry, grilled Wagyu strip loin and mini scoops of strawberry and matcha ice cream served alongside a jelly of cherries, red beans and – wait for it – gold shavings.
(Photo courtesy of Renee S. Suen/Flickr)
3. C Restaurant, Vancouver
It seems every major restaurant in BC’s largest city participates in Ocean Wise, the Vancouver Aquarium’s sustainable seafood identification program, and C was the one who started it all. Come here for locally sourced seafood and other ingredients prepped with flair by executive chef Lee Humphries. Dishes might include an appetizer of seared Qualicum Bay scallops ($19), a main of poached lobster with gnocchi ($38) or a seafood tower to share ($95); for a truly special occasion, splurge on “caviar with a conscience,” at $225 for one guest and $400 for two.
(Photo courtesy of RickChung.com/Flickr)