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Salmon n' Bannock
Vancouver's only First Nations restaurant is a small, welcoming bistro. Its foundation is bannock, a quick, round flat-bread that serves as a vehicle for anything from cedar jam to pudding, elk salami, and smoked candied salmon. Game meats abound here, as does Ocean Wise sustainable seafood. Despite its heritage-cuisine and, well, bready carnivorous emphasis, this eatery can accommodate vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free diets. Try its hat trick on that front with the Medicine Wheel, where five toppings dazzle: roasted peppers, sautéed mushrooms, spaghetti squash, parsnips, and fresh herb pesto. Need a little animal protein? Garnish it with boar bacon... or just go right for the BBQ-glazed back ribs from free-range bison.
By Amanda Castleman, AFAR Local Expert
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Wild West Coast Cuisine
One of the city’s most popular restaurants that’s won acclaim in the UK’s Guardian and the New York Times, Salmon & Bannock serves up a genuine warm welcome and a modern West Coast approach to First Nations-inspired food. The cosy dining area shines with Indigenous art, on the menu you’ll find traditional dishes such as wild salmon, elk, bison, and –of course – their delicious baked bannock. A must-have is the wild salmon soup which has a fantastic peppery depth of flavour and doesn’t stint on the chunks of fish. After snacking on Bella Bella sea kelp chips (a crunchier kind of toasted nori), I dived into the free range braised back bison ribs, sticky with a tangy barbecue sauce which paired perfectly with Nk’mip’s Talon blend red. Open for lunch and dinner, try something special with a pre-booked ‘Feast’ menu for the whole family.
By Nikki Bayley, AFAR Local Expert
1128 W Broadway #7, Vancouver, BC V6H 1G5, Canada
Mon - Thur 5pm - 9pm
Fri, Sat 5pm - 10pm