5. Toqué!, Montreal
A stalwart of the city’s high-end dining scene, Toqué! continues to impress with the artistic cuisine of chef Normand Laprise, named chef of the year in 2012 by Maclean’s and author of a recently released cookbook named after the restaurant and published in both French and English. Come for the tasting menu or order off the menu to sample dishes such as a foie gras terrine with orange blossom brioche bread, clementine marmalade, argan oil and hazelnuts ($25) or a rack of suckling pig with pearl onions, farfalle pasta, garlic purée and anise sauce ($48).
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6. Canoe, Toronto
Even if it weren’t for the food, you’d want to come here for the view from the 54th floor of Toronto’s TD bank tower. Luckily, you don’t have to choose – Canoe is known as one of the city’s top restaurants. To best experience the work of chefs Anthony Walsh and John Horne, order the seven-course tasting menu ($100 or $150 with wine pairings), where dishes might include a braised Alberta lamb shank with preserved ratatouille and Guelph heirloom beans or P.E.I. halibut topped with juniper berries and gin custard.
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7. Raymond’s, St. John’s
The regularly changing menu at this Newfoundland favourite takes its inspiration from the classic dishes of Atlantic Canada while making best use of the region’s produce from land and sea. Choose the five- ($100) or seven-course ($125) tasting menu with optional wine pairings ($55 and $75), or order à la carte, where picks might include freshly shucked East Coast oysters ($3.75 each, $42/dozen) or pan-roasted Arctic char with lobster, mussel, B.C. spot prawn and roasted polenta ($45).
(Photo courtesy of Raymond’s)