The Rising Stars of Canada’s Dining Scene

15th June 2018 // By Lauren Hill & Will Grice

Over the last decade Canada has been establishing itself as one of the world’s emerging culinary destinations. No longer in the shadow of its more well established neighbor, these are Canada’s rising culinary stars.

Brandon Olsen
La Banane, Toronto

Each year Canada’s 100 Best comes out with a run-down of the country’s 100 most outstanding dining spots and a selection of the most exceptional chefs. This year’s list named La Banane in Toronto the Best New Restaurant 2018, placing the restaurant’s chef Brandon Olsen in the spotlight. The French-inspired neighborhood bistro appealed to the judges most for its convivial dining space, which is separated into a lively front parlor, raw bar for oysters, chilled lobster and caviar, and more formal dining room, with French-inspired food taking on elements of Japanese and Southern cuisine. Dishes like grilled sweetbreads with king oyster mushroom and and sauce blanquette can be followed by a selection of cheeses chosen by the chef. Olsen also runs CXBO Chocolates with his wife, artist and filmmaker Sarah Keenlyside, creating colorful art-inspired bonbons, bars and Disco Eggs.

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