The list was determined by an esteemed roster of chefs, food industry professionals, connoisseurs, and travel and food writers.
5. VIJ’S, Vancouver, British Columbia
Chefs/owners: Vikram Vij, Meeru Dhalwala
Website: www.vijs.ca. Cuisine: Indian, Fusion
Telephone: 604-736-6664. Twitter:@Vijs_restaurant
2013 Rank: 3
Price Range: $24-$28.50 for main courses.
You Must Order: The famous lamb popsicles, which are a rack of lamb served with curry and meant for eating with your hands using the rib bone as a stick ($28).
According to the website: “Each judge had 100 points to allocate between 5-10 restaurants (no one restaurant could receive more than 20 points on a single ballot).
“Judges were not allowed to vote for restaurants they are employed by or have an ownership interest in
“Judges must have eaten at the restaurants they selected between January 1, 2012 and April 29, 2014, or dined on the chef’s cuisine at an external event, or be reasonably confident that the quality of the food had not changed since their last visit if that last visit occurred prior to 2012.
“Choices were made with consideration of the quality of the food first and foremost. Service was secondary. Presentation, creativity, value to the consumer, wine list, and front-of-house performance were also factors considered in the voting.”