There are so many best restaurant awards in Metro Vancouver but if there is one I respect and follow, it’s the Chinese Restaurant Awards (CRA).
I am not saying that the CRA’s selection is fool proof but I know that they take pains in ensuring that their selection processes are credible. Frankly, I can’t say the same for many restaurant awards in town. I think you know what I mean. Sometimes you see some newspaper awarding restaurants like Hon’s as the best Chinese restaurant … and it doesn’t take a lot to skew the results. All it takes is organization.
When we are barely into the last quarter of 2010, the CRA has started the selection processes already. As they did last year, there are two sets of awards:
- The Diner’s Choice — awarded to the best restaurants and voted by the public in general
- The Critic’s Choice — awarded to the best dishes and selected by a panel of judges
Between the two categories, I love the Critic’s Choice simply because they are selected by experts. The Diner’s Choice, well, they are voted by the public. You can cast as many votes as you have email addresses. I am not sure if there are any mechanism put in place by the CRA folks to minimize abuse in such public voting.
Anyway, the voting for the best restaurants for the Diners’ Choice is now opened. This will stay open for the next one month or so until November 12th.
There are a total of 15 categories with two new categories (Modern Chinese Restaurant and HK Style Milk Tea). He he he … I was wondering why that odd category for the … HK Style Milk Tea while Bubble Tea is lumped under Taiwanese Restaurant. And the Modern Chinese Restaurant category, I am not quite sure what that is when you have Legendary Noodles and Negative Space added into the mix like Hakkasan and Bao Bei. Just saying …
Anyway, all you need is an email address to cast your vote for your favourite restaurant. To do so, just go to http://votedinerschoice.com, create an account and vote away.
If you are curios as to what I voted for, here it is:
- Northern/Shanghainese Restaurant: Shanghai River
- Cantonese Dim Sum: Empire Chinese Cuisine
- Fine Dining: Fisherman’s Terrace
- Modern Chinese: Hakkasan
- Casual: Ken’s Chinese Restaurant
- Hot Pot: Fatty Cow
- Taiwanese/BBT: Delicious Cuisine
- Hong Kong Style Cafe: Lido
- Hong Kong Style Milk Tea: Can’t decide
- Congee/Noodle: Tsim Chai Noodle
- Vegetarian: My religion is forbid me to shun meat.
- Barbeque Shop: Parker Fresh Meat
- Bakery Shop: Kam Do
- Best Service: Red Star (because they hosted the 8GTCC Cantonese so well)
- Dining Environment: Hakkasan
So! What do you think? Tell me what’s your favourite!