Vancouver Magazine has announced their 2017 Restaurant Awards Winners and it turns out Kitsilano is the place to be for sushi and baked goods.

The 2017 Restaurant Awards celebrate the hottest new rooms, the top chefs and most creative menus in the city.

In addition to their coveted title of Restaurant of the Year, which went to Dynasty Seafood on West Broadway just outside of Kits, they have awards across of number of cuisine categories including Best Sushi and Best Bakery.

With such a high concentration of exceptional, multifaceted Japanese restaurants in Vancouver, the awards broke the genre down to its component parts. But it turns out, for the most part, their judges think the Best Japanese restaurants are also the Best Sushi spots: with the now-dominant Zest taking Gold in both categories for its elegantly classical approach.

While Best Bakery was a new category for the Vancouver Magazine awards this year, it’s a familiar face that topped their judges’ ballots. Whether they call it best pastry chef or best bakery, Thomas Haas, he of the double-baked almond croissants, quark danish and sparkle cookies, remains on the top of the bread basket for all things leavened.

Zest Japanese Cuisine, 2775 West 16th Avenue, 604-731-9378, www.zestjapanese.com

Thomas Haas, 2539 West Broadway, 604-736-1848, www.thomashaas.com

Last modified: April 19, 2017

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