Best Canadian Restaurants for Your Next Business Dinner
Five places to impress a colleague or client from Canada’s Best New Restaurants 2016 writer, Andrew Braithwaite.
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Set in the renovated Simmons Building, this second venture from the team behind Charcut reimagines hearty, meat-forward prairie cooking through a South American lens. Chef Jessica Pelland is as adept with a tangy, refreshing mixed-seafood ceviche as she is with a 90-day-aged porterhouse steak grilled over hardwood. A rooftop bar with spectacular views of the downtown skyline is the ideal spot to sip a craft beer from local brewer Last Best.
618 Confluence Way SE, Calgary, 403-452-3115, charbar.ca
Royal Dinette, Vancouver
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This partnership between farm-to-table chef David Gunawan and the polished Donnelly Group delivers adventurous cooking in a manner that’s more accessible to conservative tastes. Whole-wheat linguine with Humboldt squid and sea asparagus is a bold West Coast spin on comfort food. Classic cocktails like the French 75 are a happy-hour steal at $6, and a semi-private room that seats 18 remains linked to the room’s neo-diner buzz.
905 Dunsmuir St., Vancouver, 604-974-8077, royaldinette.ca
Piano Piano, Toronto
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Chef Victor Barry closed his heavyweight tasting-menu spot Splendido and reopened with bright pink decor and a new menu of unpretentious Italian cooking. The Harbord Street room retains its see-and-be-seen vibe, with smart and sophisticated servers dishing out a white-sauce pizza loaded with braised bitter greens and lemon. Dozens of neckties hang in a cheeky frame near the front entrance, encouraging work teams to unbutton and bond over Barolo.
88 Harbord St., Toronto, 416-929-7788, pianopianotherestaurant.com
The chic decor inside this old Somerset Street mansion mirrors the approach of chef Walid El-Tawel, who applies modern touches to traditional Middle Eastern cooking. Sumac-glazed chicken is served alongside date leather and eggplant relish, and a Courvoisier-based cocktail is punched up with pomegranate molasses. The first floor features cozy nooks tucked behind latticework screens, while an upstairs room with private bar and A/V hookups can be reserved for business events.
343 Somerset St. W., Ottawa, 613-422-7700, fairouz.ca
Hoogan et Beaufort, Montreal
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At the former Angus CP Railway workshops, chef Marc-André Jetté cooks modern French over live fire, like grilled octopus with charred red-pepper sauce and ratte potatoes. The spacious dining room builds drama with big picture windows, high ceilings and cinematic lighting. The best seats are at a counter ringing the open kitchen, but we spotted the cast and crew of Quebec TV series Les Beaux Malaises sipping rosé at a long table.
4095 Rue Molson, Montreal, 514-903-1233, hooganetbeaufort.com
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