The 1st Food Awards Ontario 2019 celebrate the best in the food sector

Creative Oceanic are delighted to announce the launch of the inaugural Food Awards Ontario 2019.

Whether it is the places that you have had your lunch and dinner hundreds of times or new establishments that have just entered the industry, the Food Awards Ontario 2019 is an exclusive celebration of the masters that enhance the flavors in Ontario.

The black-tie ceremony will take place on Monday July 15th at Sheraton Parkway Toronto North Hotel and Suites.

The event will welcome big players of the Ontario’s food sector that provide delicious dishes, the freshest of products and rich menus.

 It will also showcase food suppliers, servers and manufacturers that take our taste buds around the world while in the comfort of Ontario.

The awards promise to be the most memorable event in the food industry’s calendar, with a wide range of accolades ready to be presented to the most deserving professionals and establishments, including Restaurant of the Year, Chef of the Year, Cooking School of the Year, Best of Toronto and many more.

Irfan Younis, CEO of Creative Oceanic said: “Ontario offers a wide range of places that serve world cuisines. The finalists were voted for by the public for providing authentic recipes and unique dishes to their diners, creating memorable experiences for both residents and travelers.

“Undoubtedly, there are some amazing specialists around Ontario, who know how to offer great service, delicious food and meet the needs of their diners. These are the professionals that we aim to reward at the inaugural Food Awards Ontario 2019.

“We would like to wish all the finalists the best of luck and we can’t wait to welcome all our guests and celebrate the winners with them.”

The finalists of The Food Awards Ontario are:

Best Mexican Establishment

Corazon De Maiz (Ottawa)

Chilangos Mexican Restaurant (Belleville)

Latinoamerica Unida (Cambridge)

Ahora Mexican Restaurant (Ottawa)

Los Lobos (London)

Mexico Lindo (Ajax)

Mezcal Tacos & Tequila (Hamilton)

Campechano Taquería (Toronto)

Taqueria La Bonita (Gloucester)

King’s Tacos (Toronto)


Best Oriental Establishment

Mandarin Restaurant (London)

Lee Chen Asian Bistro (Toronto)

Zen Japanese Restaurant (Markham)

Mother’s Dumplings (Toronto)

Bahn Thai Restaurant (Burlington)

Dragon Pearl Restaurant (North York)

Yamato Japanese Restaurant (Toronto)

Oriental Restaurant (Brantford)

Oriental Garden  Thunder (Bay)

Mandarin Restaurant (Brampton)


Best Indian Establishment

Diwa Classic Indian Cuisine (Guelph)

India House Fine Indian Cuisine (London)

Kothur Indian Cuisine (Etobicoke)

Aroma of India (London)

Bombay Sizzler (Cambridge)

Guru Lukshmi (Mississauga)

Taste Of Punjab (Brampton)

India Village Restaurant (Dundas)

Bombay Grill Restaurant (Milton)

Bombay Bhel Restaurant (Mississauga)


Best Asian Food Establishment

Miga Korean BBQ & Japanese Yakiniku (Mississauga)

Mengrai Thai (Toronto)

Pho Xyclo Vietnamese Restaurant (Niagara Falls)

Pho Metro (Scarborough)

Daldongnae Korean BBQ (North York)

Pho Tuan (Ottawa)

Genghis Khan Mongolian Grill (North York)

Karahi Point (Etobicoke)

Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ (Toronto)

Mongolian Village (Nepean)


Best Italian Establishment

Luci Restaurant  (Etobicoke)

Carpaccio Restaurant (Niagara Falls)

Donatello Restaurant (Toronto)

Casa Mia Ristorante (Niagara Falls)

The Old Spaghetti Factory (Toronto)

Linguine’s Italian Restaurant (Belleville)

Just Cooking Rustic Italian (Vineland)

Grazie Ristorante (Toronto)

Remezzo Italian Bistro (Scarborough)

Trattoria Timone Ristorante (Oakville)


Best World Cuisine

Kukum Kitchen (Toronto)

Little Bavaria Restaurant (Scarborough)

Ariyana Middle Eastern Food (Peterborough)

Mazaar Lebanese Cuisine (Windsor)

Suliko Restaurant (Concord)

Jerusalem Shawarma And Grill (London)

Delicious Empanadas (York)

The Real Jerk Restaurant (Toronto)

Tabülè Middle Eastern Cuisine (Toronto)

Fresh Dreams (Peterborough)


Best Vegetarian Establishment

Rise Above (St. Catharines)

Zen Gardens (London)

Vegetarian Haven (Toronto)

Graceful Vegetarian Restaurant (Scarborough)

Green Bar (Hamilton)

Pure Kitchen Elgin (Ottawa)

Plant Matter Kitchen (London)

Fresh on Spadina (Toronto)

The Green Door Restaurant (Ottawa)

One Love Vegetarian (Toronto)


Best Seafood Establishment

Joey’s Seafood Restaurants (St. Catharines)

Rodney’s Oyster House (Toronto)

Red Lobster (Niagara Falls)

Diana’s Oyster Bar and Grill (Scarborough)

Tide and Vine Oyster House (Niagara Falls)

The Fish Market Restaurant (Ottawa)

The Boathouse Seafood Restaurant (Belleville)

Oyster Boy (Toronto)

The Captain’s Boil (London)

Jake’s Grill & Oyster House (Burlington)


Best Mediterranean Establishment

Lake House Restaurant (Vineland Station)

Adonis (Oakville)

Taste of Mediterranean (Sarnia)

Koozina Mediterranean Cuisine (Milton)

Osmow’s Shawarma (Cambridge)

Corfu Mediterrain Grill (Cobourg)

Mykonos Mediterranean Grill (Toronto)

Lezzet Shawarma Falafel House (Mississauga)

Sakis Mediterranean & Greek Restaurant (Burlington)

Mythic Grill (London)


Caterer of the Year

Little Mushroom Catering (Cambridge)

Tulips and Maple Kingston (Ottawa)

A-One Catering (Mississauga)

Daniel et Daniel Catering & Events (Toronto)

David Mintz Catering (Toronto)

Kiss The Cook Catering (Scarborough)

La Felicita Catering (Mississauga)

Eatertainment Events & Catering (Toronto)

Culinary Catering Services (London)

Southern Smoke Barbecue Catering & Events (Hamilton)


Fine Dining Restaurant of the Year

The Martini House (Burlington)

Michael’s on the Thames (London)

Edgewater Manor Restaurant (Stoney Creek)

Coppola’s Ristorante & Banquet Facility (St. Catharines)

Rogues Restaurant – Fine Dining Restaurant (Mississauga)

Quatrefoil (Dundas)

The Twisted Apron (Windsor)

Shakespeare’s Steak and Seafood (Hamilton)

Queen of Persia (Toronto)

Angelique’s Family Restaurant (Ajax)


Best Traditional Canadian Restaurant

Actinolite Restaurant (Toronto)

Canoe (Toronto)

Woodlot (Toronto)

Forage Restaurant (Orangeville)

Beast Restaurant (Toronto)

The Crazy Canuck (Waterloo)

Fauna (Ottawa)

George & Orange (Cobourg)

The Oakwood Hardware (York)

Montgomery’s Restaurant (Toronto)


Best Street Food

Gushi Japanese Street Food (Toronto)

Indian Street Food Co (East York)

Cookie Martinez (Toronto)

Laari Adda (Mississauga)

Rose in the Kitchen (Burlington)

Heritage Fish & Chips (Brampton)

Watan Kabob (Mississauga)

Emma’s Back Porch & Water Street Cooker (Burlington)

The Ship (Hamilton)

Harvey’s (Brampton)


Middle Eastern Restaurant of the Year

Mozy’s Shawarma (Waterloo)

Shelbys Food Express (London)

Wow Shawarma (London)

Shawarma Star (Kitchener)

Fairouz (Ottawa)

Ariyana Middle Eastern Food (Peterborough)

Nabil Middle East Fast Food (Hamilton)

Shawerma Plus (Waterloo)

Tasty Shawarma (Markham)

Nasib’s (Scarborough)


Ontario Produce of the Year

Galati Cheese Co LTD (Windsor)

Smucker Foods (Markham)

Empire Cheese & Butter Co-op (Campbellford)

Beretta Farms (King City)

Summer Fresh (Woodbridge)

Canadian American Boxed Meat (Mississauga)

Tregunno Fruit Farms (Niagara-on-the-Lake)

Consumers Frosted Foods (Kenora)

Chapman’s (Markdale)

Rich’s Products of Canada (Port Erie)


Dessert Outlet of the Year

Wafels & More (Toronto)

Sweet Jesus Niagara (Niagara Falls)

Eva’s Original Chimneys (Toronto)

Pastel Creperie & Dessert House (North York)

Chocolats Favoris (Aurora)

Kekou Gelato House (Toronto)

Chocolat on James (Hamilton)

Dutch Dreams (Toronto)

D Spot Dessert Café (Mississauga)

Waterfront Ice Cream & Frozen Yogurt (Amherstburg)


Bakery of the Year

Serano Bakery (East York)

Dessert Lady Bakery (Toronto)

Portage Bakery Ltd (Niagara Falls)

Westport Bakery (Westport)

Wanda’s Pie In The Sky (Toronto)

Dimpflmeier Bakery (Etobicoke)

Black Walnut Bakery Café (London)

Fardella’s Classic Bakery  (Kingston)

Art-Is-In Bakery (Ottawa)

Tre Mari Bakery (Toronto)


Wholesaler of the Year

Tannis Food Distributors (Ottawa)

Flanagan Foodservice Inc. (Kitchener)

LCG Foods Distribution (Markham)

Husky Food Importers & Distributors (Woodbridge)

Sysco Foodservices Inc (Kingston)

Quality Natural Foods Canada Inc. (Scarborough)

Empire Foods (Markham)

Ontario Food Terminal (Etobicoke)

Allisons Fine Foods Ltd (Scarborough)

Johnvince Foods (North York)


Outstanding Restaurant Supplier of the Year

Advantage Restaurant Supply and Service (Niagara Falls)

s.t.o.p. Restaurant Supply (Kitchener)

Ontario Food Equipment Ltd (North York)

Inware Restaurant Equipment & Supplies (Scarborough)

Germaine Restaurant Supply (Windsor)

Nikolaou Restaurant Equipment (Toronto)

SoCold Restaurant Supply (Wateroo)

Avondale Restaurant Equipment (Hamilton)


Cookery School of the Year

Dish Cooking Studio (Toronto)

The Culinary Arts School of Ontario (Mississauga)

Liaison College (Brampton)

Le Cordon Bleu Ottawa Culinary Arts Institute (Ottawa)

Liaison College of Culinary Arts (Kitchener)

Rooks to Cooks (North York)

Cirillo’s Culinary Academy (Etobicoke)


Takeaway of the Year

NomNomNom Poutine (Toronto)

Greco’s Pizza (North Bay)

Manitou Takeout (Kitchener)

Man Vs. Meat (Thunder Bay)

Get Ribbed Smokehouse & BBQ Pit (Timmins)

Wok Wagon Express (Waterloo)

The Great Canadian Poutinerie (Vanier)

Zappi’s Pizza And Pasta, Italian Eatery (Niagara Falls)

The Burger’s Priest (North York)


Best Fish N’ Chips Establishment

Don’s Fish & Chips (Brockville)

Chip+Malt (Newmarket)

Lord Elgin Fish & Chips (Port Elgin)

Captain George Fish & Chips (Cobourg)

Westside Fish & Chips (Huntsville)

East Coast Fish & Chips (Orangeville)

Heritage Fish & Chips (Milton)

Wharf Fish & Chips (Sarnia)

Green Acres Family Restaurant (Fort Erie)

Sea Witch Fish and Chips (Toronto)


Cafe/Bistro of the Year


The Cannon (Hamilton)

Democracy (Hamilton)

Coffee Culture Café & Eatery (Brantford)

Mai’s Café & Bistro (London)

Plant Matter Bistro (London)

Moods Eatery & Café (Oakville)


Central West

The Corner House Bistro (Keswick)

The Apricot Tree Café (Mississauga)

Bluebird Café & Grill (Orangeville)

Lemon Bistro (Markham)

CrepeStar Dessert Cafe & Bistro (Aurora)

Polka Bistro Caffe (Mississauga)


Central East

Paintbox Bistro (Toronto)

RH Toronto Courtyard Café (North York)

Avenue Cafe and Bistro (Etobicoke)

Remezzo Italian Bistro (Scarborough)

Le Sélect Bistro (Toronto)

Spin Dessert Cafe and Bistro (Pickering)



Baker Street Café (Ottawa)

Heirloom Cafe & Bistro (Almonte)

Bumbleberry Bistro (Peterborough)

Black Dog Bistro (Manotick)

Petit Bill’s Bistro (Ottawa)

Brothers Beer Bistro (Ottawa)


Gastro Pub of the Year


Browns Socialhouse Erin Mills (Oakville)

The Blind Pig Niagara (Niagara Falls)

The Fat Duck Gastro Pub (Guelph)

Rebel’s Rock Irish Pub (Hamilton)

Milos’ Craft Beer Emporium (London)


Central West

Mill Creek Pub and Restaurant (Orangeville)

The Crown and Lion English Pub (Brampton)

The Wilcox Gastropub (Mississauga)

Hungry Brew Hops (Newmarket)

The Local Gastropub (Barrie)


Central East

Prohibition Gastrohouse – Queen East (Toronto)

Marben (Toronto)

The Queen & Beaver Public House (Toronto)

The Vault Gastropub (Whitby)

The Irv Gastro Pub (Toronto)



BrickHouse Craft Burger (Peterborough)

Greenfield’s Gastro Public House (Nepean)

The Hintonburg Public House (Ottawa)

The Oar & Paddle Restaurant (Gravenhurst)

PJ Murphy’s Irish Gastro Pub (Kingston)


Hotel Restaurant of the Year


White Oaks Conference Resort and Spa (Niagara-on-the-Lake)

Idlewyld Inn & Spa (London)

Skyline Hotel & Waterpark (Niagara Falls)

Queen’s Landing (Niagara-on-the-Lake)

Kettle Creek Inn & Restaurant (Port Stanley)


Central West

The Glenerin Inn & Spa (Mississauga)

The Briars Resort & Spa (Jacksons Point)

Hilton Toronto/Markham Suites Conference Centre (Markham)

Mount Alverno (Caledon)

Hockley Valley Resort (Mono)


Central East

The Ritz-Carlton (Toronto)

Old Mill Toronto Hotel (Etobicoke)

Thompson Toronto (Toronto)

Shangri-La Hotel (Toronto)

Crowne Plaza Toronto Airport (Toronto)



Fairmont Château Laurier (Ottawa)

Perspectives Restaurant at Brookstreet Hotel (Kanata)

Daly’s Restaurant at The Westin (Ottawa)

Lord Elgin Hotel (Ottawa)

The Metcalfe Hotel (Ottawa)


Restaurant of the Year 


The Lake Hound (Grand Bend)

Ancaster Mill (Ancaster)

The French (Hamilton)

Fitzray’s Restaurant (London)

Treadwell Cuisine (Niagara-on-the-Lake)

Mo’s Family Restaurant (Oakville)

MYTHOS Greek Cuisine (Burlington)

Stone House Restaurant (Burlington)


Central West

Adrak Restaurant (Richmond Hill)

Peter’s On Eglinton Restaurant (Mississauga)

ZET’S Restaurant (Mississauga)

Romano’s Restaurant (Woodbridge)

Pho Ngoc Yen Restaurant (Mississauga)

Aragvi Restaurant (Vaughan)

The Farmhouse Restaurant (Barrie)

The Goulash House (Newmarket)


Central East

Azarias Restaurant (Etobicoke)

Kinka Izakaya (North York)

LaVinia Restaurant (Etobicoke)

Alo (Toronto)

Cafe Polonez (Toronto)

Miku Toronto (Toronto)

Chatterpaul’s (Whitby)

Angelique’s Family Restaurant (Ajax)



Atelier (Ottawa)

Supply and Demand (Ottawa)

The Works (Kingston)

Sur-Lie Restaurant & Wine Bar (Ottawa)

Two Dishes Cookshop (Peterborough)

Cozmos Souvlaki (Ottawa)

Olympia Restaurant Cafe & Bar (Lindsay)

The Fish Market Restaurant (Ottawa)


Best of Toronto

Richmond Station

Lalibela Cuisine


George Restaurant

Seven Lives

Fran’s Restaurant and Bar

Donatello Restaurant


Fresh Restaurants

Piano Piano the Restaurant


Chef of the Year

Rahul Bhatt (Adrak Restaurant, Richmond Hill)

Neil Mather (Lord Elgin Hotel, Ottawa)

David Lee (Planta Queen, Toronto)

Claudio Aprile (Orderfire, Toronto)

Rob Rossi (Giulietta, Toronto)

Rob Feenie (Cactus Club Café, Toronto)

Katie Ardington (Play Food, Ottawa)

Ryan Crawford (Backhouse Restaurant, Niagara-on-the-Lake)

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