Six Toronto Restaurants in the Running for EnRoute’s Best New Restaurant 2016

Air Canada’s in-flight publication, enRoute Magazine just released the people’s choice nominees for their Canadian Best New Restaurant 2016 award, as chosen by a panel of food and hospitality industry leaders. Nominations could be made for eateries that opened between approximately June 2015 and June 2016.

Among the 35 contenders from across the country are six notables from Toronto: Alo, Antler, Chabrol, Commodore, Noorden, and Piano Piano; demonstrating that Toronto’s food scene is still alive and worthy of both national and international attention.


Spadina Ave. 3rd Floor, Toronto Ontario, 416-260-2222

A destination for classically prepared, meticulously thought out French food, like striped bass, baby artichokes, bluefoot chanterelles, hazelnuts or rack of pork, swiss chard, pistachio, bing cherries.


1454 Dundas St West, Toronto, ON 647-345-8300

A celebration of regional and seasonal ingredients in classic Canadian cuisine with dishes like spice ash crusted rack of deer, rainbow trout, and roasted duck breast.


90 Yorkville Avenue, Toronto, ON, 416-428-6641

Quaint French restaurant in Toronto’s trendy Yorkville neighbourhood featuring dishes like Riesling-poached foie gras with black currant and salsify, tartine of rabbit with braised endive, artichoke soup with crème fraiche and espelette croutons.


1265 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON, 416-537-1265

A seafood-themed restaurant in Toronto’s trendy Parkdale neighbourhood with plates like halibut ceviche, chanterelle mushroom risotto, duck banh zeo, and Nova Scotia haddock sandwiches.


2110 Yonge St., Toronto, ON, 416-488-2110

A modern Dutch restaurant with small plates flavouerd with Indonesian spices like seared steelhead trout with green harissa and new potatoes, and grilled skirt steak with redang spice, long beans and fried sambal.

Piano Piano

88 Harbord St., Toronto, ON, 416-929-7788

They describe their approach as traditional Italian cuisine elevated. Enjoy dishes like bone-in veal parmesan, roasted sea bream, spaghetti carbonara, beef carpaccio, and a selection of pizzas in a beautifully designed space.

Have you eaten at Toronto’s Alo, Antler, Chabrol, Commodore, Noorden, and Piano Piano? Think one of them deserves to win Canada’s Best New Restaurant 2016? You can vote for your favourite and enter for a chance to win a trip for two to the nominated restaurant of your choice plus $500 spending money.

Check out all of the nominees for the Air Canada enRoute Magazine People’s Choice Award. To see who makes the Top 10 list, chosen by enRoute’s food writer, look out for the November issue of Air Canada enRoute magazine.