South African visiting Toronto on Friday - need authentic Canadian food experience
We are visiting Toronto this Friday, and need an authentically Canada-only food experience. One gets pretty much anything in South Africa in terms of styles of food (french, italian, portuguese, greek, japanese etc) - so we are looking for a lunch and a dinner that you would only be able to obtain in Toronto / Canada.
Which restaurants serve something a little out of the ordinary? (for instance, indigenous-style food or moose or bear etc. etc.)
Cheers from sunny South Africa!
Keriwa Cafe on Roncesvalles is exactly what your looking for. It's quite new and I haven't been yet but the reviews have been extremely positive.
Be aware that it is generally illegal to sell meat from hunted wild animals so the meat you will get in such a circumstance is from species that can be farmed, elk, caribou, deer, bison etc. Moose cannot be farmed.
The braised bison tail is pretty good - filling and substantial - but really doesn't taste much different than oxtail! But the accompaniments are good too - and it's on Queen (near, rather than on Roncesvalles) as you probably know if you found the website.
They are only open for dinner - so you've still not found anything for lunch (yet).
If your heart is set on a 'grander' experience (again for dinner), then consider a trip to Burlington to Blacktree (although traffic can be bad on a Friday evening). They have probably (?) the widest selection of game - their website (which I hate) is deliberately 'mysterious' about their menu. Nevertheless they almost always have about 3 venison-type dishes, depending on availability, and their dishes have MANY more components than is apparent from the menu. And a very creative chef - if you can get a reservation this late, may be worth consideration.
3029 New St, Burlington, ON L7N, CA
Realize you found the link for Keriwa, but here it is for others: http://keriwacafe.ca/about/
This thread also might be helpful: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/731162
You're visiting at the height of our harvest. I'd also recommend restaurants focused on local ingredients and produce (Beast- which is focused on ON raised meats, Enoteca Sociale-which is a Torontonian approach to modern Italian, Globe Bistro, Nota Bene, Marben, Union, Woodlot, Black Hoof). Ontario pickerel, whitefish and Lake Erie yellow perch can be found on some menus. Our sweet corn, tomatoes, blueberries and peaches are usually very good this time of year.
Moose tends to be lean and dry, and usually needs to be cut with pork to turn it into anything tasty, in my experience. If you only have a couple meals in Canada, I wouldn't bother with eating our moose. There are much tastier Canadian foods to eat than moose.
If you're interested in other food made/sold by some local First Nations people, you could try to find Andrew Akiwenzie's smoked whitefish at a farmer's market when you visit. It is sold at Brickworks Farmer's Market on Saturdays- not sure if you're staying that long.
124 Danforth Avenue, Toronto, ON M4K1N1, CA
488 Wellington Street West, Toronto, ON M5V 1E5, CA
55 Mill St, Toronto, ON M5A, CA
180 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON M5V 2A1, CA
96 Tecumseth St, Toronto, ON M6J, CA
1288 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6J, CA