Langdon Hall named top five restaurant in Canada

By CityNews Staff

The annual Top 100 list of Canada’s Best Restaurants has been released, and while Montreal took the coveted number-one spot this year, one local restaurant made the list including being featured in the top five.

Langdon Hall located in the Blair area of Cambridge, was ranked number five on the top 100 list. In 2023, the restaurant was ranked seventh.

Alex Chen is one of the judges who stated that Langdon Hall is “elegant.”

“Elegant, reminds me of proper Michelin-star establishments in Europe.”

“His terroir-driven cuisine isn’t dogmatic, though, and a course of panna cotta with house-made buttermilk and homegrown citrus is followed by a partnership of East Coast lobster and wild sturgeon caviar. Sauces and soups are always beautifully judged. Local artichokes, squash and onions are treated with exacting care and garnished with treats from further afield, such as chips of black truffle or tongues of uni,” said the judges.

Langdon Hall’s wine cellar also was mentioned as a top feature at the restaurant.

“The list is deep — with many intriguing half bottles — so do heed the sommelier’s advice.”

Wine pairings are directed by Faye MacLachlan where the judges felt those pairings are “exceptionally well executed, and facilitated by the vast cellar.”

Montreal’s Mon Lapin, which translates to My Rabbit in French, received the nod for the country’s best restaurant of 2024, described as having that “elusive sweet spot between casual and special occasion restaurant.”

It’s the second straight year Mon Lapin has finished as Canada’s best restaurant.

Judges voted for restaurants based on service, décor, the depth of the cellar, and food quality. Each judge was asked to vote for a minimum of three restaurants outside of their home region.

View the full list of restaurants here.

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