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Sep 10, 2008 03:57 PM

Piegon or Squab in Western Canadian Restaurants?

Hi all,

I'm looking for a restaurant, preferably a fine dining place, that is currently serving pigeon a.k. squab. It seems to be a difficult bird to find these days. Any leads would be appreciated anywhere in Western Canada. Jennifer

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  1. EPJ:

    I have "struck out" trying my favourites that I thought might feature squab. If I encounter one I will post.

    It was not too long ago that I remarked to my "significantly better half" that so many places were featuring squab but now for the life of me I cannot remember where we were. Victoria perhaps, maybe Vancouver.

    I thought maybe Hardware or Normand's here in Edmonton or Divino or River in Calgary but not according to their current menus...or at least the ones which are currently on their web-sites.

    Any particular reason for this penchant for pigeon?

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    1. re: Bob Mac

      HI Bob,
      Well, I just noticed that it was on the cutting edge and fine dining menus in the UK this summer, and I too remember seeing it on menus around Edmonton and Calgary, but now that I'm looking for it, it seems to have evaporated. I know that a couple of the main suppliers have closed down.

      Just testing our foodie culture against "their" foodie culture in the UK I guess.

    2. If Chinese fine dining is acceptable, Sun Siu Wah is known for their squab.

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      1. re: fmed

        Pine Lake Restaurant on 5th ave.

        1. re: hornvixen

          In the meantime, I spoke to Scott P at River Cafe and he used to serve it. It seems to be an item that chefs will put on their menu when they can find a good supplier, but apparently raising squab is a precarious enterprise:) There are a few places in Ontario that seem to serve it because they have a local supplier. Thanks all!

          1. re: pigeon pete

            Hi Pigeon Pete. I am looking for some squab meat in Ontario. Can you please let me know where I can buy some. Thanks! Christine

      2. Generally I only usually see Chinese places serving it. You might have better luck for higher end in Vancouver/Richmond like Zen or Hakkasan.

        In Edmonton I know Jumbo has it on their menu but that's probably not the kind of restaurant you're looking for.

        1. When I was at Eden in Banff in December, they had it on the menu. Might not be a regular item though.

          1. Lumiere in Vancouver has it on their menu, smoked and served with lentils, foie gras, confit turnips, radish, and I think peanut butter (?).

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            1. re: superhunk

              Yeah, I was there on Friday and had it. It was good as was everything else. We got the 9 course tasting and they gave me and my wife different courses so we got to try 20 different dishes (each ate half and swapped plates) and there was only one that we didn't like (the crab lettuce rolls).