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Izakaya/ First Nation Food?

mousse Jul 25, 2007 01:11 PM

First trip to Vancouver. Could someone please explain these terms and type of cuisine? Much thanks.

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    foodslut RE: mousse Jul 25, 2007 01:38 PM

    An izakaya is a Japanese bar--very casual, mostly bar food, not sushi-type stuff. Gyoza king is a great one, specializing in Japanese dumplings.

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      Bob Mac RE: foodslut Jul 25, 2007 02:58 PM


      By "First Nation" or "Nations" food I am assuming reference is being made to local coastal "Aboriginal" or "Indian" food.

      I expect the emphasis would be regional cuisine cooked in a fashion as least similar to how the original inhabitants did. Of course that might be interpeted in a very liberal fashion.

      Smoked and barbequed salmon, etc. etc.

      There used to be one place called the Liliget Feast House which purportedly specialized in this but a quick google search informed me that it is no more.

      I am not sure if the Rain Tree is still in Vancouver or not. I remember going there years and years ago. It was not much with pretty bad service.

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      BobtheBigPig RE: mousse Jul 30, 2007 05:42 PM

      For Izakaya, we loved Hapa Izakaya on Robson—noisy, frenetic, fun and delicious. As far as Frist Nations food, the only place I know of was Liliget, which has closed as Bob Mac mentioned. Many local restaurants, though, feature some First Nations-inspired dishes: alder-planked salmon, bannock, etc.

      1. pants RE: mousse Jul 31, 2007 07:01 AM

        grouse mountain used to have a longhouse feast - it's supposed to be quite good - I would check out their website and see if they still do it.

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