Two Canadian Restaurants Just Made Monocle Magazine’s Top 50 Restaurants in the World

One of the world’s coolest magazines, Monocle, has just announced its choices for the world’s top 50 restaurants.

And Canada has made the cut.

In case you need a little 411, Monocle Magazine was founded by Canadian entrepreneur Tyler Brûlé in 2007 and is an international publication aimed at a global audience that is “hungry for opportunities and experiences beyond their national borders.”

So when we heard that Canada made the their list, we were beyond proud.

Not to mention excited to chow down at these restaurants.

A big round of foodie applause has to be given to Toronto’s The Federal and Montreal’s Nora Gray for achieving such hip status.

The Federal ranked 22nd while Nora Gray took home the 34th spot in a list of 50 international venues recognized by the judges for exceptional food and service – the only two restaurants in all of Canada to make the list.


Judged by Monocle’s editorial teams in London, New York, Toronto, Hong Kong, Zürich, Istanbul, Tokyo, and Singapore, plus more than 30 correspondents in cities from Bogotá to Beirut, the first annual Monocle Restaurant Awards reflect the magazine’s uniquely global viewpoint.

So how did both spots make the cut?

“We felt that the current restaurant awards and lists are missing something; the real feeling of honesty – not just big chefs but authenticity and provenance,” says Monocle Editor-in-Chief Tyler Brûlé. “We want to cut out the hype and PR about so many restaurant awards. So no foams here and probably no square plates or slates either.”


And that, ladies and gentleman, is how you become the authority on all things cool.

Well, that and dining at these restaurants.