Predicting Which Vancouver Restaurants Will Get Michelin Stars


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The city will host the European food guide for the first time in its history

Vancouver foodies rejoiced this week when it was announced that the Michelin Guide would be coming to the city for the very first time.

Toronto announced the same two months ago (because of course it did) and will become the first Canadian city to receive this honor when the stars are handed out in September.

But with Vancouver slated to host the world’s best culinary guide – albeit with a process not always fully understood by the public – we thought we’d try to predict which restaurants in Vancouver might find themselves highlighted. by the most renowned culinary institution in the world.

Let’s go.

The lock level

Saint Laurent

Since its inception in 2017, St. Lawrence and its chef JC Poirer have collected more hardware than Home Depot. The ever-crowded and ever-coveted French restaurant has been the toast of the town for a few years now. It recently ranked third in a list of Canada’s Top 100 Restaurants (we’ll take a look at the top spot below) and seems like a shoe for a star or two.

Boulevard

The only thing St. Lawrence could fault is that French cuisine isn’t exactly synonymous with Vancouver. Boulevard does not have this problem. The downtown gem focuses on seafood, often with an Asian twist, which might help it when Michelin investigators look for restaurants that represent the city.

It should be noted that when Michelin came to another city on the west coast of Los Angeles, Asian cuisine dominated the day. This, along with the emphasis the Michelin Guide often places on service, plays to Boulevard’s strengths.

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Being crowned best restaurant in Canada is no small feat. And it would have been made to enter Published something close to an impossibility. With its innovation and ambition, it would be very hard to imagine Published not getting a star, even if it’s a bit more laid back than some of the other contenders in town.

The level of good bets

Hawksworth

Speaking of which, although Hawksworth is no longer the creme de la creme in terms of fine dining in the town like it was a few years ago, it’s still a mainstay in terms of service and great food and (especially) wine. It would be an upheaval if Michelin did not recognize one of the city’s formative restaurants.

Kissa Tanto

Some of the most unique cuisines in the country come out of Kissa Tanto’s Chinatown kitchen. If the Michelin judges are looking for something that stands out from the pack, they’ll definitely find it here.

Masayoshi/Tojo’s

Vancouver sushi will certainly be recognized by Michelin to some degree, and we think one of these places run by legendary chefs should be seriously considered.

The level of the dark horse

Maenam

Thailand’s Angus An powerhouse has been making innovative dishes in Kitsilano for over a decade now. While it’s not as flashy as some of the names on this list, it’s certainly just as delicious.

Oca Pastificio

We’ve heard nothing but good things about this Italian restaurant on Commercial Drive and it’s racked up awards since opening in late 2019. Unfortunately for ordinary people, it’s nigh on impossible to get in unless you wait in line 17 hours. A Michelin rating might make it even stronger.

Botanist

Former Hawksworth Sous Chef, Hector Laguna, prepares excellent dishes from the freshest and best ingredients in the province. Premium cocktails don’t hurt either.

The Never Say Never Level

Duffin donuts

Does Michelin have a 24-hour category?

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