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New guide’s algorithm ranks restaurants based on 100 judges’ 10 top picks

Published on Main describes its cuisine as “contemporary with a focus on local and sustainable. Photo courtesy of Published on Main

Food industry judges from across Canada have determined that Vancouver’s Published on Main is the best restaurant in the country.

That restaurant ranked No. 1 in the 2022 edition of the foodie guide Canada’s Best 100 Restaurants, which was released today.

The owner and editor of the guide, Jacob Richler, told BIV that his annual guide involves 100 judges who are based across Canada in rough proportion to the country’s population.

Each of the judges provide lists of their 10 top restaurants based on their own criteria. A point system then takes over, and an algorithm determines the restaurants’ spots on the list.

Published on Main, which opened in December 2019, ranked No. 47 on the 2021 list of Canada’s top restaurants.

“The food is original, distinct, and beautifully plated – every dish I had there has had very clearly assertive, individual flavors making up a coherent whole,” Richler said. “They were imaginative. They made great use of local ingredients. They put that front and centre. Those are the kinds of things that people with a little expertise in matters culinary really look for.”

Toronto and Montreal each have 21 restaurants on the list, while Vancouver was the city with the third highest number of restaurants: 18.

Two other Vancouver restaurants ranked in the list’s top 10: St. Lawrence at No. 3, and Boulevard at No. 9.

Other Vancouver restaurants on the list were:
• Oca Pastificio at No. 23;
• Hawksworth at No. 25;
• Kissa Tanto at No. 29;
• La Quercia at No. 32;
• AnnaLena at No. 41;
• Tojo at No. 46;
• Testu Sushi Bar at No. 47;
• L’Abattoir at No. 48;
• Botanist at No. 61;
• Maenam at No. 68;
• Savio Volpe at No. 75;
• Say Mercy! at No. 78;
• Cioppino’s at No. 90;
• Bacchus at No. 95; and
• Nightingale at No. 96.

By Glen Korstrom, Business in Vancouver

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