Local eateries among country’s top 100 restaurants

Fishbone Bistro in Stouffville and Zen Japanese Restaurant in Markham are among the Top 100 Restaurants in Canada for 2019, according to OpenTable diners.

The list of Top 100 Restaurants features the year’s most beloved dining spots selected from more than 500,000 verified diner reviews of more than 3,000 restaurants across the country, the leading provider of online restaurant reservations reports. Restaurants that made the list have been recognized for their impeccable service, their ability to orchestrate one-of-a-kind dining experiences and for consistently offering unforgettable dishes.

Fishbone Bistro’s menu includes Creamy Moroccan Octopus, Roasted Fresh Icelandic Cod and a seafood paella.

“From making our bread in house daily, to picking fresh vegetables from our garden or visiting our fish monger to choose the best options for you, it’s a labour of love,” says the Fishbone Bistro team.

Zen Japanese Restaurant is committed to preserving the traditional culture of Japanese cuisine. Its offerings include Hida Gyu Shabu Shabu for two, deep-fried fresh lobster tail, and sushi and sashimi.

“Canada’s culinary diversity shines through in this year’s list of restaurants,” OpenTable COO Andrea Johnston says. “It’s evident from the diner reviews that plant-based options and locally-sourced menus are extremely popular across the country.”

Other top dining trends of the year include healthy substitutions. Jackfruit, for example, is a popular vegan stand-in for dishes like pulled pork. OpenTable users were eager to try new things, with 70 per cent of reservations coming from diners booking specific restaurants for the first time compared to repeat diners. North American cuisine was most popular for breakfast and lunch, but Italian reigned supreme as the most popular cuisine for dinner.


Photo: This Fishbone Bistro entrée is among those featured at the restaurant.

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