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Wednesday, 29 June 2022

New luxury development for Byron Bay



Byron Bay is to be home to a new luxury hotel complex and leisure development.

Sydney-based development company Podia has unveiled its plans for The Barbotine in Byron Bay, a new hotel-apartment complex to be designed by Richards & Spence, Architecture & Design reported.

The development will see dining, retail and wellness outlets situated on the ground floor, with residential suites located above across three low-rise levels.

A landscaped central courtyard will be a focal point.

There will be 41 one-, two-, three- and four-bedroom hotel apartments.

“The Barbotine is a new concept catering for guests who want the intimacy and home away from home feel of an Airbnb, but with the service of a boutique luxury hotel; and for investors who want the returns of an incredible holiday property but without the hassle of upkeep and security,” says Podia director Michael Grassi.

“The Barbotine intentionally redefines the hotel experience and curates an unforgettable destination in Byron Bay that can be enjoyed by everyone.”

Director Jeremy Holmes says the company will look to create an unmatched guest experience (but don’t they all?).

“This is apartment living delivered through the lens of a hotelier,” he said. “Not only will guests enjoy the kind of luxury personalisation you’d expect of a hotel, but owners visiting for the weekend benefit from a concierge they can instruct from afar to have a surfboard tucked away in their room ready for their arrival.”

A communal rooftop will be a key feature with a central swimming pool set amid landscaped surrounds.

Developers Podia hope the development will reach completion in late 2023.

For more information see thebarbotine.com.au.


Tuesday, 28 June 2022

Massive expansion for Vietnam airline



Budget airline Vietjet Air has unveiled a new range of routes to and from the Vietnamese resort city of Da Nang.

Vietjet announced this week that it will start flying to Singapore, India and South Korea next month, Travel Mole reported.

It is launching services to Busan, South Korea, and Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, and Bangalore in India, as well as to Singapore.

The routes will operate between four to seven flights a week.

India was one of Vietnam’s fastest-growing markets before Covid-19 - as is the case in neighbouring Thailand.

Da Nang welcomed 3.5 million foreign visitors in 2019.

Voyager Estate signs up Shand




After a widespread search, Margaret River winery Voyager Estate is has announced the appointment of Tim Shand as its new chief winemaker.

The successor to Steve James, Shand will lead both the winemaking and viticulture teams.

Originally from Perth, Shand starter his career in the Clare Valley, followed by international stints in iconic winemaking regions Chianti, Bordeaux, Oregon, and Burgundy, including at Château Margaux and Domaine Dujac in France, before returning home to take up residence in 2011 at Giant Steps in the Yarra Valley, under head winemaker Steve Flamsteed.

Since 2014 he has headed up the team at Punt Road in the Yarra Valley.

“The name Voyager Estate evokes a deep and enthusiastic response in wine lovers everywhere,” Shand says. “They have a proven history of growing outstanding wines in a world class region.

“From afar I have admired Voyager's visionary approach to genuine sustainability in viticulture and winemaking, as well as their enviable location.”

Voyager Estate owner Alexandra Burt says: “We have deliberately taken our time to find the right person to lead Voyager Estate’s winemaking and viticulture into the next era.

“Of the many standout qualities that Tim brings with him, perhaps the most significant are his depth of thought and curiosity - about all things - along with his generosity and humility.

“He also brings a very considered ambition for the wines and those who know him well know that he is always looking far over the horizon when setting a vision.

“Tim has risen to the top of a remarkable field of candidates and adding him to our already accomplished team is beyond exciting.”

Shand formally commences on August 1.


Monday, 27 June 2022

South Africa throws open its doors


South Africa is the latest travel destination to throw caution to the wind and scrap remaining Covid-19 entry rules.

There is no longer a requirement to show proof of vaccination or present a negative Covid-19 test result on arrival.

Tourism minister Lindiwe Sisulu said the scrapping of requirements will give the South Aftican tourism industry a much needed boost.

Mandatory masks in indoor public spaces and the cap on gatherings have been dropped.

Indoor venues can also now operate at full capacity, Travel Mole reports.

Sunday, 26 June 2022

A region that is one of Britain’s best-kept secrets



There are several parts of Britain to which visitors flock. London, the Lake District, Stratford on Avon and Cornwall among them.

The region of East Anglia flies under the radar despite being home to many attractions and within a couple of hours from the capital.

Visit East of England has launched a new section on its website to better promote this part of the country.

The region less well-known in international markets but is a hidden gem waiting to be discovered. 


Visit East of England has a mission to raise awareness and to showcase how best to explore the region on a year-round basis.

“This is a very important part of our development as we look to much better engagement with travel and tour operators both in the UK and overseas,” said VEE executive director Pete Waters.

“We have an ambition to be a much more top-of-mind destination, and this is our next step to helping achieve that.”

Within the region, Norfolk is part of The EXPERIENCE project, led by Norfolk County Council. One of its aims is to harness the experiential tourism trend to extend the season and to grow sustainable and low-impact tourism activities.

Iconic locations include Sandringham, the Norfolk Broads, Norwich, Newmarket, and Cambridge, as well as seaside resorts like Southwold, Great Yarmouth and Cromer.

“The wealth and diversity of unique, sustainable experiences on offer in the East of England are the envy of many other regions of the UK,” says Rob Leigh, head of communications at the Broads Authority.

“Visitors can sample the culture and history of bustling cities and market towns and within a few minutes be immersed in spectacular landscapes with nature in abundance. The Broads National Park is home to over a quarter of the UK's rarest wildlife and one of the most important freshwater wetlands in Europe offering travellers unrivalled opportunities to create lasting memories.

“We have created a range of inspirational itineraries to give you an insight into the variety of the product on offer. Taking in the Broads National Park; expansive coastline and open sandy beaches; beautiful landscapes; a world-famous university city; two architecturally stunning cathedrals; a Royal County, medieval heritage; Tudor and Georgian buildings throughout the towns and villages; waterways and wildlife; excellent locally produced food seafood; the home of horse racing; and all easily accessible by road, train and from the seaports, airports, and London.”

Dining in style in Prosecco country


So farewell for now to the lovely Colnegiano Valdobbiadane Prosecco DOCD wine region.

Regular readers will discover several gems over the next few weeks but as well as its sparkling wines, the Veneto region is known for stellar food.

Our group has eaten terrifically well at several different venues, which will be featured later on, but here just a few pictures of some of this week's star dishes.











  


# The writer was a guest of https://www.prosecco.it/

Saturday, 25 June 2022

Meet Italy’s own Little Venice

Treviso is often known as “Little Venice” for its many canals. 






The lovely Italian city is just 30 minutes away from the real Venice - and a whole lot less frenetic. 

One of the key centres of the Prosecco region, Treviso is a city comfortable in its skin - chilled and clearly affluent. 

For those not familiar with the name, Treviso is known for Prosecco and is Italy’s radicchio capital. It is also the city where tiramisu was invented. 

The city is home to the headquarters of clothing retailer Benetton, Sisley, Stefanel, Geox, Diadora and Lotto Sport, as well as appliance maker De’Longhi , and bicycle maker Pinarello.

I have one night in the Palazzina300 - a delightful B&B overlooking the Piazza dei Signori. 

A few images (above) to whet your appetite. 

And here’s the B&B room - delightfully quiet and well equipped. 


Mixed news for flyers from Qantas



Qantas has good news for international flyers and bad news for domestic travellers. 

Post-Covid, the Australian national airline is resuming flights to Johannesburg and Jakarta from Perth, but is cutting back on some domestic routes as it struggles to cope with demand. 

"After a faster-than-expected Covid-19 recovery for the travel industry, we have had to adapt to meet increasing demand and rapidly changing circumstances," Qantas said in a statement. 

"We sincerely thank you for your patience and understanding while we work through what has been a challenging restart for our industry globally."

Qantas says it has deployed extra staff to assist at check-in and manage queues, and made operational changes to improve on time performance. 

All much needed as Qantas has not been delivering over recent months. 

"In the current environment, we know it will take some time for our operations to normalise, but we're working every day to ensure we deliver the level of service you have come to expect from Qantas." the airline said.

The had news is that "the Qantas Group is adjusting its domestic capacity levels to assist with the recovery of sustained high fuel prices". 

That means fewer flights on some routes due to rising fuel costs. 

"Capacity is being reduced from high frequency routes, so the impact to customers is expected to be minimal," Qantas says. 

The good news: Qantas will significantly boost its international network from Perth with flights to Johannesburg and Jakarta set to take off later this year. 

The routes are the latest of eight new international services the national carrier has announced since Australia's international borders re-opened in November 2021.

Qantas will operate the only direct service from Perth to South Africa - taking over from struggling South African Airways - operating three return flights per week on its Airbus A330 aircraft starting from November 1. 

Qantas flights will reconnect Perth with Jakarta for the first time since borders closed in March 2020, beginning with three flights per week on its Boeing 737 aircraft from November 30. 



The Hunter Valley says hello to an old friend



The Hunter Valley will welcome back an old friend when Tower Lodge in Pokolbin re-opens as Spicers Tower Lodge from July 1.

After a $6 million renovation, the new-look lodge is ready to open up to visitors again.

Tower Estate was first launched in 1999 by Australian wine legend Len Evans AO OBE and some business partners.

The exclusive retreat is built in a modern Spanish mission style and will now be home to Sebastian - a Basque-style restaurant.

David Assef, Spicers Retreats managing director, says: “We are honoured to be the new custodians of this iconic property. Tower Lodge has a wonderfully earthy and natural design, it’s in harmony with the changing seasons around it, as the vines bud, flower and eventually drop their leaves for a winter display.”

Spicers Tower Lodge will be the third Spicers Retreat in the Pokolbin area, joining Spicers Vineyards Estate and Spicers Guesthouse.

The 14 rooms at Spicers Tower Lodge all feature a large bedroom, lounge, dressing room and new bathtubs, while some have a private courtyard, open fireplace, or outdoor hot tub, from which to view the vineyards.

Sebastian Restaurant is inspired by San Sebastian in Spain, famous for its many pintxos bars and starred restaurants.

Sebastian offers a five-course set menu, which will change daily on a four-day cycle, with a different premium meat presented three ways as the main course each night.

The winter ‘game and forest’ menu features trout, squab, roe deer and wild boar - certainly something different for the Hunter but likely to be polarising.

The Hunter region’s 200-year wine heritage is on full display at Tower Lodge, supported by iconic Spanish varietals, including albariño, tempranillo, Grenache and gently sparkling Txakoli with notes of apple and citrus, which dances on your palette as Sebastian’s flavours of Basque country fill your senses.

You will find Spicers Tower Lodge on the corner of Broke and Halls Roads; a two-hour drive from Sydney or one hour from Newcastle. Sydney Airport is 190km away, Newcastle Airport is 80km. Transfers are available upon request.

For more information visit the website

New Adelaide Hills cellar doors unveiled

 

Visitors to the Adelaide Hills have two new cellar doors to visit as of June.

At Wotton Family Wines, the Wottons have grown top quality cherries and wine grapes for 25 years and have just opened their Wotton Family Wines cellar door.

It is described as "an intimate modern space" (above) and offers wine tastings of four wines with local cheeses. It is open 11am-5pm Friday to Monday at 141 Greenhill Road, Uraidla.

The Wotton family has worked in the region for 150 years and in In 1994 the first wine grapes were planted. 

The established wines of Casa Freschi, meanwhile, have until now only been available in restaurants or independent stores.

Their new cellar door is on a former apple orchard, surrounded by 100-year old chestnut and walnut trees and housed in a vineyard shed converted using recycled materials.

Casa Freschi is a small, artisan, wine producer using organic principles and minimal intervention. 

The cellar door is located in the Casa Freschi Altezza vineyard at 159 Ridge Rd Ashton.

It is one of the closest vineyards to Adelaide being only 15km from the CBD.

A range of current and museum wines, dating back to the inaugural Casa Freschi vintage in 1999 will be available to taste and purchase from 11am-5pm Friday to Sunday.



Friday, 24 June 2022

Queensland mulls a tax on visitors



Queensland. Beautiful one day. Dumb the next.

The Australian state is considering whether to impose new taxes on tourists.

The Queensland Tourism Industry Reference Panel has proposed introducing visitor taxes for local attractions within the state.

“The idea of a visitor levy is not new. It has been modelled, canvassed and debated for the best part of a decade,” the panel’s report noted.

“While we appreciate that views are polarised as to whether it is an appropriate way to raise funding, everyone we spoke with saw a greater need than ever for increased funding.”

Money raised by the proposed new tax would be pumped back into the sector to maintain state-operated tourist attractions and national parks, as well as for marketing.

“We don’t just want to build back to where we were, we want to see the industry grow,” Tourism Minister Stirling Hinchcliffe said.

“We have very different destinations that have very different needs.”

A statewide levy ‘would not work’ the panel said, and it instead suggests local authorities should be able to set a visitor tax.

“Any mechanism needs to be flexible - able to be varied at the local council/destination level to suit local circumstances.”

Kevin Byrne of the Cairns Tourism Industry Association said: "I think an accommodation levy, a visitor levy of 5-8% in the first couple of years, would be appropriate.” 

Well Kevin, let me tell you that will the cost of living rising across Australia, there are lots of tourists who will opt for destinations where they are not being price gouged.


Why Oman Air will soon be on the radar of frequent flyers



Most frequent flyers know about Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways - three Middle Eastern Airlines with global reputations. 

Now Oman Air is to become the newest member of the Oneworld alliance, with Oneworld announcing that the airline has been elected as a new member at its Annual General Meeting this week. 

The process  is expected to be completed by 2024.

This means Qantas frequent flyers will have the chance to sample the offerings of the Muscat-based carrier  - who I will test drive next month. 

The announcement was made at IATA's Annual General Meeting (AGM) and World Air Transport Summit (WATS) in Doha. 

Oman Air CEO Eng Abdulaziz Al Raisi said: “Oman Air's admittance into Oneworld represents a defining moment in our journey to provide passengers with greater travel options through our developing partnerships and alliances. 

"We're delighted to be joining the world's foremost airline alliance at a time when demand for travel is on the rise. We look forward to welcoming Oneworld members onboard Oman Air to experience the height of Omani hospitality and all that the Sultanate of Oman has to offer in terms of history, culture and natural beauty.”

When Oman Air becomes a full oneworld member, Qantas Frequent Flyer members will be able to earn and redeem points, earn status credits and receive reciprocal status benefits with Oman Air. 

Oman Air operates to destinations in the Middle East, Asia, Africa and Europe using a fleet of Boeing 787s, Airbus A330s and Boeing 737s. 

Other recent additions to the Oneworld alliance include Royal Air Maric and Alaska Airlines. 

The subtle art of matching a five-course meal with Prosecco DOCG wines

Pairing a five-course meal with just sparkling wines is a serious challenge. 

It is a challenge that the outstanding Prosecco DOCG producer La Tordera not only accepted, but  triumphed over with some stellar 2021 releases.

La Tordera, hosting a group of Australian media and industry folk, combined with the Casa Caldart Restaurant to put together a stunning set of wine and food combinations. 

And to top things off we were joined by family patriarch Pietro di Vettoretti for the end of our meal with the fourth-generation family winemakers, who adopt an organic and sustainable approach. 

So we enjoyed creamed cod in crunchy black cannoli on escarele cream with capers and raisins paired with Otreval Valdobbiadene DOCG Rive de Guia Extra Brut. 


Then came tuna carpaccio with mango, dehydrated strawberries, wasabi mayonnaise and pumpkin seed crackers with Serrai Valdobbiadene DOCG Extra Dry (so not dry at all). 


The star of the show: risotto with Valdobbiadene DOCG and lime-scented prawn tartare with Brunei Valdobbiadene DOCG Brut. 


Next up, a stunning swordfish tataki in a sesame crust with courgette flowers stuffed with orange-scented ricotta paired with Tittoni Valdobbiadene DOCG Rive di Vidor Dry. 


Finally, almond shortcrust  pastry cake with apricots alongside the benchmark Superiore de Cartizze Valdobbiadene Dry. 


See www.latordera.it for more details on the wines.  

And finish with one of these: 


      Sorry that's all folks. I need a good lie down. 

Thursday, 23 June 2022

New life for an old Melbourne watering hole


One of Melbourne’s most famous watering holes is getting a new name and a new look.

Brick Lane Brewing has acquired the lease for the old Mercat Cross Hotel in the Queen Victoria Market precinct, redeveloping the old pub into an immersive beer experience, including a restaurant, bar and educational space.

The space is expected to be completely open in March 2023, with some pop-up activity over the next few months. 

Brick Lane founder and CEO Paul Bowker says: “The redevelopment of the iconic Mercat Cross Hotel site is one of the most important steps in the renewal of the Market Precinct and it’s an incredible honour that Queen Victoria Market has entrusted us with bringing this to life.

“We’re thrilled to be investing in our ongoing relationship with Queen Victoria Market.

“Since inception, Brick Lane has had community and inclusivity at its core and there is no better example of the market which has focussed on bringing Melburnians together for over 140 years. We are committed to creating a welcoming and inclusive space for all Melburnians, visitors, and the market community.

"This will be the flagship venue for Brick Lane and firmly cement our roots in the hustle and bustle of the Melbourne laneways and community which was the inspiration for the brewery since day one.”

The venue will include a ground-floor bar featuring a range of diverse beer styles, an upstairs restaurant driven by local market produce with an emphasis on sustainability, casual terrace dining, and function areas with live music areas on the upper level.

The food menu will highlight seasonal Victorian produce, while the drinks list will feature Victorian wine and spirit producers as well as Brick Lane’s portfolio of beers including their Sidewinder No Alcohol and Sunsetter Ginger Beer ranges.

“The site provides a unique opportunity to truly showcase to Melbourne and the world the special role that beer can play in creating community and bringing people together,” says Bowker.

"We see this as a real opportunity to bring the brewery and beer more broadly to life by creating an engaging and educational hospitality experience, where everyone is welcome. The opportunity to do this in the market precinct where our first kegs were poured four years ago, makes it even more special.”

See www.bricklanebrewing.com

A serious heli adventure in Tasmania



So you are visiting Tasmania. You are feeling energetic and are cashed up.

Life’s An Adventure, the company that offers a range of multi-day walking experiences across the island state, has just announced an addition to its Walk Three Capes three-day itinerary - the opportunity to heli hike on Tasman Island.

Guests can select from three experiences as part of their Tasman Peninsula pack-free adventure: a boat cruise with Pennicott Wilderness Journeys, a 20-minute scenic flight over Cape Pillar and Tasman Island, and now the chance to land and walk on Tasman Island.

“We are thrilled to partner with Rotor-Lift Aviation to offer this once in a lifetime experience as part of our Three Capes adventure,” says Mark Norek, CEO of Life’s An Adventure.

“It is an extraordinary opportunity to walk on an island few have ever had the opportunity to see up close.”

The Tasman Island helicopter landing is available to four guests on each tour.

It includes a flight over the dramatic coastline with its dolerite capes, before landing on Tasman Island for a guided tour led by a Rotor Lift pilot. Tasman Island is home to sea birds and seals as well as offering views of dolphin pods and migrating whales.

The island is part of Tasman National Park and Rotor Life has exclusive permission (you have to ask how and why) to touch down on the outpost.

Guests who land on the island then enjoy a direct scenic flight back to Hobart by helicopter, skipping the two-hour bus return. This is followed by transfers to their desired hotel.

For more details see https://www.lifesanadventure.com.au/tours/three-capes-walk/

Image: Richard Bennett



Tamar Valley wine standout sold



Tamar Valley winery Moores Hill has been sold, but will continue to operate.

Owners Julian Allport and Fiona Weller and their business partners confirmed one of the worst-kept secrets in the industry when they announced the change of ownership, saying: "It's been an intense but satisfying 14 years and we're planning a bit of a break."

Young winemaker James Oliver, most recently of Yering Station in the Yarra Valley, and his partner Constance will take up residence at the start of July. 

Allport and Weller told customers: "Be assured that Moores Hill will be in safe hands. Delicious wines, a friendly cellar door and our commitment to sustainability will continue.

"We’re very grateful to the customers, industry colleagues, suppliers, venues and staff who have supported us on our journey over the past 14 years. We’ve learnt so much, made many firm friends and enjoyed rewarding experiences.

"We look forward to assisting James and Constance as they settle in over the next few months. We plan to stay in the Launceston area, spending time with our family while we consider our next adventure."


Hong Kong icon hits rock bottom



Hong Kong’s famous Jumbo floating restaurant is no more.

The restaurant - shuttered through the Covid pandemic - sank in the South China Sea while being towed to a new location.

The Jumbo had been a famous landmark at Aberdeen Harbour in Hong Kong since 1971. Noted past guests include the Queen, President Jimmy Carter, Tom Cruise and Richard Branson.

It mysteriously sank near the Paracel Islands due to "adverse conditions" owner Aberdeen Restaurant Enterprises said.

The massive three-storey vessel had an exterior styled after a Chinese imperial palace.




Wednesday, 22 June 2022

Look out for a Martini glass neon sign


Backroom, tucked away from Melbourne’s Toorak Road, will launch on July 1, offering a space for a post-dinner tipple, late-night snack, or cocktail. 

Adjoining Latin-influenced Lona Misa restaurant, the venue will be led by Ovolo Hotel’s group creative culinary director Ian Curley; group creative drinks director Andrea Gualdi (ex Maybe Sammy); Lona Misa’s executive chef Isa Raku and bar manager Jordan Tredennick.

With entry via a discrete concrete door on Toorak Road, identified only by a neon Martini glass sign, Backroom will be a 45-seat underground venue. 

Backroom will open every Friday and Saturday evening - and I must say it sounds a little pretentious. 

Andrea Gualdi says: “We’re lucky enough to work with leading innovative minds in the beverage industry, and so with the launch of Backroom we wanted to flip the concept of a bar on its head, providing a platform for these brands to shine. 

"The product comes first and sets our team the exciting creative challenge of reinventing our food and beverage menus with each new collaboration, drawing inspiration from what these brands are all about - their unique flavour profiles, heritage and ethos. We couldn’t think of a better way to kick things off than with an all-Australian line-up from Feels Botanical, Regal Rogue and Capi.”

This, apparently will not be just about drinks but be "a sensorial journey through flavour, colour, texture and sound". So there. 

Highlights from the cocktail menu will include a Regal Rogue Wild Rose Ricky (Regal Rogue Wild Rose, Feels Vivify, Capi Soda), a Feels Botanical Vivifying Martini (Feels Vivify, Regal Rogue Lively White, Orange Bitters), a Red Ricky highball (Regal Rogue Bold Red, Feels Vivify, Topped with Capi Grapefruit and Rosemary Soda Water) and Regal Revel Negroni (Feels Revel, Campari, Regal Rogue Bold Red, Orange Bitters).

As part of Ovolo Hotel Group’s Plant’d initiative, Backroom will showcase an entirely vegetarian menu aligned to the brand’s ongoing pledge to ethical eating, conscious cuisine and cutting-edge veg. 

How very, very hip. 

Backroom will be located at 234 Toorak Rd, South Yarra. Look out for that Martini glass sign. 



Tuesday, 21 June 2022

Dining differently in Vancouver

Vancouver is probably my favourite city in Canada - a beautiful and lively waterfront city with plenty of gourmet options.

I will be missing out on a Vancouver stopover during my upcoming trip to Canada, but the folks at Destination Vancouver sent me a list on some of the diverse dining attractions I will be missing out on.

As a city with a diverse population, Vancouver’s dining scene ranges from classic West Coast cuisine, and seafood joints around the seawall, to exotic ethnic neighbourhoods and famous bakeries.

If you are lucky enough to be visiting here are a few local eateries with a difference that the locals recommend.

H Tasting Lounge – This waterfront restaurant at the Westin Bayshore (above) offers dishes that can be enjoyed in one of their themed outdoor domes. Afternoon teas featuring sweet and savoury bites served on a golden Ferris wheel are another attraction.

Glowbal – This luxurious restaurant offers plenty of photo opportunities while dining on West Coast fare. Installations include an oversized mirror with dramatic floral backdrops, lush greenery and florals, vibrant patterned fabrics and birdcage booths surrounded by foliage and ambient lights.

Dark Table – Something very different. Non-sighted servers guide the sighted, offering a culinary experience into the unknown.

Sushi Aboard – This Japanese restaurant makes fresh sushi delivered by a conveyer train connecting your table to the kitchen.

Hello Nori – Pull up a chair in this 24-seater architectural space and enjoy a fresh hand rolled nori offering prepared right in front of you.

Octopus Garden – Although unassuming from the outside, this restaurant transports you to a small shop in Japan with many references to the culture and octopi. Feast on the omakase – a set meal selected and made by the chef.

Collective Goods – Visit this part-grocery, part-wine shop and part-bistro establishment to get your Parisian fix in store and to take home.

And should you wish to splash out, the 2022 list of Canada’s 100 Best Restaurants was announced in late May and a Vancouver restaurant took the coveted No. 1 spot for the very first time. Opened in 2019 on the cusp of the pandemic, Published on Main is a fine dining eatery with an elaborate 11-course tasting menu.