These are the new kids on the block, and you should know about them.
By Cinda Chavich
Winner: The Courtney Room
The Courtney Room’s seared scallops feature Foxglove Farm radishes, charred cauliflower, pickled pearl onions and wild lamb dressed with anchovy and pine nut emulsion. Photograph by Jeffrey Bosdet.
Our favourite new restaurant is The Courtney Room in the Magnolia Hotel, a stylish bistro that embodies Parisian flavour. From the oyster bar in the casual main level, to chef Sam Harris’ smoked duck salad, leek vichyssoise and dry-aged steaks in the dining room upstairs, there’s a lot to explore in this modern, French-inspired menu. And with a $1.5 million renovation under its belt, it’s simply a stellar spot to dine out.
The Courtney Room, 619 Courtney St., 250-940-4090, thecourtneyroom.com
Runner Up: Persimmon Tree
Chef David Chung describes the shareable plates he creates at Persimmon Tree as “modern Korean cuisine,” and it’s worth the drive to the suburbs to try his fresh take on Asian classics.
Persimmon Tree, 193, 2401 Millstream Rd., 778-430-0355, persimmontreerestaurant.com
Runner Up: Dobosala Cantina
Chef Kunal Ghose continues to impress with his latest venture, Dobosala Cantina, offering South Asian and Latin-inspired small plates in a new contemporary space.
Dobosala Cantina and Ride Thru, 760 Pandora Ave., 250-590-6068, dobosala.com
Honorable Mentions: Accio, Fernwood Pizza
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This is from the July/August 2018 issue of YAM