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The 2008 Urban Diner Restaurant Awards

by admin on February 19, 2008

UD Awards 08 - Vancouver View

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March 1st, 2008

Restaurant Industry Honours Its Own | by Fred Lee

“If the Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards are the city’s culinary Oscars, consider the inaugural Urban Diner Awards the foodie Golden Globes. This year it brought out 200 of the industry’s best, including David Hawksworth, Robert Clark, John Bishop and Pino Posteraro. The brainchild of Andrew Morrison, publisher of the online magazine Urban Diner, the gastronomic gala was hosted by CTV’s Coleen Christie, and a staggering 39 awards were dished out…”

Full results after the leap:


The 2008 Results!

Best Suburban | The Pear Tree

Best Whistler | The Bearfoot Bistro

Best Okanagan | Terrace at Mission Hill

Best Vancouver Island | Brasserie L’Ecole

Best Food Website | CityFood.com

Best Food Publication | EAT Magazine

Best Food Writer | Jamie Maw

Best Wine Store | Marquis Wine Cellars

Best Food Store | Les Amis Du Fromage

Bartender of the Year | David Wolowidnyk (West)

Best Kitchen Team | Fuel Restaurant

Best Service Team | West Restaurant

The Nudge Award | Kurtis Kolt (Salt Tasting Room)

Service All Star | Paul Grunberg (Chambar)

Role Model of the Year | John Bishop (Bishop’s)

Best Desserts | Cin Cin Ristorante

Best Cocktail List | Boneta

Best Cafe | 49th Parallel

Best Small Plates | Bin 941 Tapas Parlour

Best Room With A View | Nu Restaurant

Best Bargain | So.cial Custom Butcher Shop & Deli

Best Hotel Dining | Bacchus at the Wedgewood

Best European Casual | Chambar Belgian Restaurant

Best European | Cioppino’s Mediterranean Grill

Best Japanese | Hapa Izakaya

Best Chinese | Sun Sui Wah

Best Other Asian | Vij’s

Best Americas | Cobre

Best Regional | Aurora Bistro

Best Casual | Chambar Belgian Restaurant

Best Formal | West Restaurant

Best Wine List | The Bearfoot Bistro

Sommelier of the Year (tie) | Neil Ingram of Boneta and Tom Doughty of Fuel

Best New Design | Yew Restaurant + Bar

Best New Wood | Boneta

Best New Service | Fuel Restaurant

Best New Casual | Boneta

Best New Formal | Fuel Restaurant

Chef of the Year | Andrey Durbach (Parkside et al)


Special thanks to PMA, R & B Brewing, EAT Magazine, Maxxium, Mark Anthony Group, JJ Bean and the Chef’s Table Society of BC for helping us out, and to Nu Restaurant for putting up the venue. Photography by: Atmosphere Unlimited


Of course, there would have been no awards to give out had it not been for the kindly intervention of Origin Organic Farms:

Origin O

Thank you to our key event sponsors:






R&B Brewing

JJ Bean


Hills Foods


Prospect Winery

Thanks for the support everyone. See you again next year!

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