Vancouverites, get ready to make some dinner plans. The prestigious Michelin guide officially launched in Vancouver, awarding eight restaurants with a coveted star. Another 12 restaurants earned the Bib Gourmand designation, which recognizes “good value” eateries that are more affordable.
There are a total of four categories: Three stars, two stars, one star and Bib Gourmand. No Vancouver restaurants were awarded three or two-star designations.
The Michelin guide made its Canadian debut in Toronto last month, awarding the high-end Japanese restaurant Sushi Masaki Saito with two stars, and 12 restaurants with one star each.
Eight Vancouver restaurants receive prestigious Michelin honours
While Michelin stars are a boon for local businesses and bring excitement to a local food scene, the guide has also faced pushback in recent years. It’s been criticized as elitist and Eurocentric, and as The Globe’s food reporter Ann Hui writes, it’s also been revealed that some guides were at least partly funded by local tourism boards.
The guide is compiled by Michelin “inspectors”, as the organization calls its food critics, who visit restaurants anonymously and pay for their own meals to ensure they’re treated like average customers. The inspectors’ exact judging criteria are kept a secret, but are based on quality of products, expertise of cooking techniques, the personality of the chef represented in the dining experience, harmony of flavours and consistency between inspectors’ visits.
Here is the full list of Michelin-ranked restaurants in Vancouver, along with The Globe’s reviews over the years.
Type of cuisine: Contemporary
Chef: Mike Robbins
Neighbourhood: Kitsilano (1809 W 1st Ave.)
What The Globe said in 2015: “I feel ambivalent toward the kitchen. Mike Robbins is a serious chef with great potential. He is going to be a star, mark my words.”
Type of cuisine: Modern-classical West Coast
Chef: Patrick Hennessy
Neighbourhood: Chinatown (305 E Pender St.)
What The Globe said in 2022: “Chef [Patrick Henessey] doesn’t have much time to chat, but the personal touch of having him deliver each plate with a fulsome description of every scratch-made ingredient, composed in a carefully orchestrated dance just a few steps away, gives the experience a rare sense of social intimacy that the pandemic has largely denied.”
Burdock & Co
Type of cuisine: Contemporary
Chef: Andrea Carlson
Neighbourhood: Mount Pleasant (2702 Main St.)
What The Globe said in 2013: “This refined-yet-rustic Main Street charmer is a shining reflection of progressive local tastes.”
iDen & Quan Ju De Beijing Duck House
Type of cuisine: Chinese
Chef: Allen Ren
Neighbourhood: Mount Pleasant (2808 Cambie St.)
What The Globe said in 2021: “I do not have one bad thing to say about the Beijing duck (also known, but not properly) as Peking duck. It is expensive, at $98 a duck, but not out of line with any other Beijing ducks in Vancouver.”
Type of cuisine: Japanese-Italian
Chef: Joel Watanabe
Neighbourhood: Chinatown (263 E Pender St.)
What The Globe said in 2016: “Kissa Tanto hits a high note on every level. It is the most significant restaurant to open in Vancouver for quite some time. It is fully of the place, yet progressive and pushing forward. It is the hot spot du jour, and likely will be for many years to come.”
Type of cuisine: Japanese
Chef: Masayoshi Baba
Neighbourhood: Mountain View (4376 Fraser St.)
What The Globe said in 2016: “Masayoshi, a small 24-seat Mountain View dining room, has garnered the patronage of many local chefs and industry folk since opening in August. They don’t come for the modest black-and-white decor, or the leisurely – sometimes haphazard – service. They come for [chef Masayoshi] Baba’s exquisitely detailed – often sublime – cooking.”
Published on Main
Type of cuisine: West Coast modern
Chef: Gus Stieffenhofer-Brandson
Neighbourhood: Mount Pleasant (3593 Main St.)
What The Globe said in 2020: “What really stands out is the exquisite balance in every bite, especially those incorporating extreme flavours that might be jarring with fewer tweaks and less finesse… The cooking is experimental, yet accessible. Painstakingly detailed, but not precious.”
Type of cuisine: French
Chef: Jean-Christophe Poirier
Neighbourhood: Japantown (269 Powell St.)
What The Globe said in 2017: “Welcome to St. Lawrence, a seductive slice of haute country cooking from La Belle Province (with detours into France) where rich meat sauces, excellent terrines, luscious creams and decadent pastries are celebrated unlike anywhere else in the city.”
The Michelin guide inspectors also awarded 12 restaurants with the Bib Gourmand designation. The Bib Gourmand recognizes “good quality, good value restaurants” where diners can have two courses and a glass or wine or dessert for under $60.
Here is the full list of Bib Gourmands:
- Anh and Chi
- Fable Kitchen
- Fiorino, Italian Street Food
- Kin Kao Song
- Little Bird Dim Sum + Craft Beer
- Lunch Lady
- Oca Pastificio
- Phnom Penh
- Say Mercy!
Vancouver’s first Michelin guide includes another 40 restaurants, bringing the total number of establishments featured to 60.
Here’s the full list of recommended restaurants in Michelin’s Vancouver guide:
- ¿CóMO? Taperia
- Ask for Luigi
- Bar Gobo
- Bar Susu
- Bonjour Vietnam Bistro
- Café Medina
- Chef’s Choice Chinese Cuisine
- Dynasty Seafood
- Fanny Bay Oyster Bar
- Hawksworth Restaurant
- Homer St. Cafe
- Lobby Lounge & RawBar
- Nammos Estiatorio
- Neptune Palace Seafood Restaurant
- New Mandarin Seafood Restaurant
- Osteria Savio Volpe
- per se Social Corner
- Riley’s Fish & Steak
- Sushi Bar Maumi
- The Acorn
- The Mackenzie Room
- Ubuntu Canteen
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