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Raymonds rated top restaurant in Canada for second year


Raymonds, a restaurant in downtown St. John's, has retained the title of best in Canada for the second year in a row in the fourth annual Top Restaurants in Canada Rankings.

Adrian Brijbassi, www.Vacay.ca and Top Restaurants in Canada founder, calls Raymonds, a "fine-dining gem" in Newfoundland.

Brijbassi says in his online column, a roster of Canadian and U.S.-based fine-dining connoisseurs, leading food and travel journalists, and industry experts create the list, which is published each year by Vacay.ca. In previous years, the nation’s top chefs contributed to the rankings, as did thousands of public voters.

He goes on to say "Owners Jeremy Charles and Jeremy Bonia have made Raymonds the nation’s greatest destination restaurant in one of its finest places to visit. Thanks to oil wealth and tourism, St. John’s has emerged as a surprising economic engine of Atlantic Canada. Though the economy has cooled off recently, the capital of Newfoundland and Labrador led the nation in growth in 2013 and restaurants benefitted from the prosperity."

Along with Raymonds, Mallard Cottage — in historic Quidi Vidi — ranks in the Top 10 with its contemporary twist on authentic Newfoundland cuisine.

All 10 provinces were represented in the rankings.

In August, Raymonds will host the 2015 Canadian Food.ee of the Year winner, Melissa Baker of Toronto. Baker, a nutritionist, won for her entry detailing her life as a food advocate and avid diner.

She receives round-trip airfare for two, luxury hotel accommodations at the Sheraton Newfoundland, and dinner at the nation’s No. 1 restaurant.

More on the competition and restaurants rankings can be found online at http://www.toprestaurantsincanada.com/

Adrian Brijbassi, www.Vacay.ca and Top Restaurants in Canada founder, calls Raymonds, a "fine-dining gem" in Newfoundland.

Brijbassi says in his online column, a roster of Canadian and U.S.-based fine-dining connoisseurs, leading food and travel journalists, and industry experts create the list, which is published each year by Vacay.ca. In previous years, the nation’s top chefs contributed to the rankings, as did thousands of public voters.

He goes on to say "Owners Jeremy Charles and Jeremy Bonia have made Raymonds the nation’s greatest destination restaurant in one of its finest places to visit. Thanks to oil wealth and tourism, St. John’s has emerged as a surprising economic engine of Atlantic Canada. Though the economy has cooled off recently, the capital of Newfoundland and Labrador led the nation in growth in 2013 and restaurants benefitted from the prosperity."

Along with Raymonds, Mallard Cottage — in historic Quidi Vidi — ranks in the Top 10 with its contemporary twist on authentic Newfoundland cuisine.

All 10 provinces were represented in the rankings.

In August, Raymonds will host the 2015 Canadian Food.ee of the Year winner, Melissa Baker of Toronto. Baker, a nutritionist, won for her entry detailing her life as a food advocate and avid diner.

She receives round-trip airfare for two, luxury hotel accommodations at the Sheraton Newfoundland, and dinner at the nation’s No. 1 restaurant.

More on the competition and restaurants rankings can be found online at http://www.toprestaurantsincanada.com/

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