EnRoute Magazine’s annual hunt for the best new restaurant in Canada has just confirmed what we already knew: Adelaide Oyster House is one of them. To read The Overcast’s recent article on Adelaide click here.

Every year, Air Canada’s EnRoute Magazine assembles an impressive panel of food critics, journalists, cookbook authors, and more, to create a list of the best new restaurants in Canada. Mallard Cottage made the top 10 last year. And Fogo Island Inn has placed 3rd in the recent past.

This year, Adelaide Oyster House on Water Street placed 7th. A food writer visited all 30 restaurants that made this year’s longlist, and booked a reservation under a fake name so s/he could experience the restaurant as someone not getting special treatment.

To quote the juror citation, “Steve Vardy is having fun again. A decade spent leading high-pressure brigades at such gastronomic heavyweights as Beckta in Ottawa and Atlantica in Portugal Cove, nearly broke him; he quit the game a few years ago to teach hot yoga. Now he’s back, doing things his way.”

“…Roll your eyes at yet another kale Caesar salad all you want. Vardy doesn’t care. His version is loaded so heavily with smoked albacore and capers and something called “sunflower granola” that we ditch our forks and hoover it up with a spoon. And the scallop ceviche with mango and fresh passion fruit is so sweetly satisfying that I’d order a second bowl for dessert.”

Adelaide just threw their 1 year anniversary party last weekend. They also recently won our Best Cocktail in Town challenge with their “El Camino,” and have launched a brand new cocktail menu. So get down there and raise a glass to having one of the best restaurants in Canada at our fingertips.