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Jun 12, 2012 10:50 AM

Thoughts on First Nations' restaurants?

We're headed to Kelowna/ Vancouver again... 6 years after we got married in Kelowna and honeymooned in BC! :-) I received an e-mail today from the Canadian Tourism Commission (which I take any tourism e-mail with a grain of salt) about "Contemporary twists on First Nations food". Does anyone have any thoughts on the places recommended in Vancouver and they say Kelowna, even though the address is Westbank? Or any thoughts on other restaurants with First Nations food?

Kekuli Cafe, #505-3041 Louie Dr., Westbank, BC V4T 3E2

Salmon n' Bannock Bistro, 7-1128 W. Broadway, Vancouver, BC V6H 1G5

Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre Cafe, 4584 Blackcomb Way, Whistler, BC V0N 1B4

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  1. Perhaps add VCC's Wild Salmon to the list ( It is part of their culinary program, so be aware that it is run primarily by students and has its ensuing quirks. I've enjoyed it the few times I've been for lunch.

    1. Chowtimes gave quite a good review of Salmon and Bannock a couple of years ago:

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      1. re: kinnickinnik

        I was just at VCC yesterday and checked oyt Wild Salmon's menu. More sophisticated in some respects than in 2011. Salmonberry ice cream sounds interesting.

      2. Kekuli is in West Kelowna and it is great. They deep fry their bannock and it is like a more delicious donut. They have baked bannock too but I haven't tried it yet. I usually go for lunch and get an Indian taco, which is a bannock topped with chilli and taco fixings. I've heard their bannock burgers are delicious as well

        1. Thanks for the feedback! I've add VCC to my Pinterest page for our trip planning! It's so hard to narrow down all the restaurant options! :-)

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          1. re: Katie Nell

            Wild Salmon at VCC is kind of confusing -- yes, it is currently open for lunch (til some date in July) --- but when you get there, they say that they are not serving the "First Nations" menu at lunch. that said, it is still decent food served by young servers (sparkle water turns out to be tonic water - little details like that) --- but the food and presentation is fantastic and it is fun to be part of the learning process. Give and take kind of thing.