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Air Canada just unveiled their list of contenders for this year’s Top 10 Canada’s Best New Restaurants designation, and three of them may look familiar to Vancouver Islanders!

To come up with this list of 35 nominees, Air Canada sent one writer on a month long cross-Canada anonymous dining expedition based on the recommendations of a diverse new panel of food experts.

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Based on their findings, the company has come up with a list of nominees for the best up and coming eateries in the Canadian food scene.

And among them are three new restaurants on Vancouver Island – House of Boateng in Victoria, Nowhere *A Restaurant in Victoria, and Pluvio in Ucluelet.

Check out the 2019 nominees for best new restaurants in Canada:

  • Alma – Montreal
  • Alobar Yorkville – Toronto
  • Arvi – Quebec City
  • Beach Hill Smokehouse – Toronto
  • Beau Mont – Montreal
  • Black Rabbit – Moncton
  • Como Taperia – Vancouver
  • Dispatch – St. Catharines
  • Donna’s – Toronto
  • Dreyfus – Toronto
  • Flame + Smith – Bloomfield
  • Frilu – Thornhill
  • Grand Cru Deli – Toronto
  • Hearth – Saskatoon
  • Home Block at CedarCreek Estate Winery – Kelowna
  • House of Boateng – Victoria
  • La Petit Boeuf – Calgary
  • Le Petit Mousso – Montreal
  • Le Swan – Toronto
  • Lulu Bar – Calgary
  • McKiernan Luncheonette – Montreal
  • Moccione – Montreal
  • Monarque – Montreal
  • Nowhere *A Restaurant – Victoria
  • Origines – Caraquet
  • Partake – Edmonton
  • Pastel – Montreal
  • Pluvio – Ucluelet
  • Sakai Bar – Toronto
  • Seoul Shakers – Toronto
  • Ten – Toronto
  • The Sensory – Canmore
  • Ugly Dumpling – Vancouver
  • Wayfarer Oyster House – Whitehorse
  • Zuì Là – Markham

“Air Canada has explored the country every year for over 15 years and is committed to uncovering the stories behind culinary innovators and dining destinations, while celebrating the central role they play in our customers’ travel experiences,” says Andy Shibata, Managing Director, Brand, Air Canada.

“Reflecting the high calibre of new restaurant openings in Canada this year, we are proud to announce that we have 35 nominees on our 2019 longlist instead of 30. We want to celebrate the distinguished talent that is the foundation of Canada’s culinary culture, and feature the chefs and restaurateurs who deliver international flavours to Canadians.”

Canada’s Best New Restaurants 2019 highlights the top restaurants that have opened across the country over the last 12 months and deliver exceptional experiences through the quality of their food, level of service and commitment to culinary creativity.

The top 10 restaurants will be revealed on October 24th, 2019.