5 Aboriginal Restaurants That Offer a Unique Taste of BC

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Looking to sample a taste of British Columbia’s First Nations’ communities? These five restaurants provide an introduction to the flavours and ingredients used in Indigenous dishes.

Salmon n’ Bannock Bistro This Vancouver eatery has built a sterling reputation for its authentic Aboriginal flavours. Located on Broadway in Vancouver, Salmon n’ Bannock showcases First Nations cuisine using fresh and certified organic ingredients. Staffed by members of the Nupalk, Haida Gwaii, Blackfoot, and Wet’suwet’en nations, the venue offers a modern vision of traditional fare, as well as art and music. Address: 7-1128 West Broadway, Vancouver

Salmon n' Bannock is a highly praised Aboriginal restaurant in Vancouver.

Lelem’ Arts and Cultural Cafe Located in Fort Langley, about an hour by car from Vancouver, the Lelem’ Arts and Cultural Cafe was designed to honour and reflect tradition and culture. The cafe offers local cuisine with a First Nations twist, featuring locally sourced meats, fresh breads, and produce. The establishment also hosts workshops on history, culture, and art, as well as live Aboriginal music on the first Saturday of each month.

Kekuli Café With locations in the towns of Merritt and Westbank, Kekuli Café serves food inspired by the cuisine its owners grew up loving. Bannock, Indian tacos, buffalo bannock burgers, and wild smoked salmon are among the menu favourites. The Merritt location is on Nlaka’pa’mux First Nation territory while the Westbank franchise is in the heart of the Okanagan Valley.

MerrittIndigenous World Winery’s Red Fox Club Part of the Westbank First Nation, the winery is in West Kelowna, and its restaurant is inspired by Aboriginal cuisine and ingredients from the Okanagan Valley. Among the unique choices are Native “Caesar” salad with candied salmon and bannock croutons, herb and quinoa salmon, and elk shortribs.

Indigenous World Winery is a First Nations-owned enterprise that includes a fine-dining restaurant.

Indigenous World Winery is a First Nations-owned enterprise that includes a fine-dining restaurant. Photo: Indigenous World Winery

Kitchens of Distinction Based in Victoria, Chef Shirley Lang and her team offer culinary tours of Vancouver Island, including one focused on First Nations culture. The tour’s highlights include a traditional Coast Salish feast, culminating with a dance ceremony, and a forest hike with an ethnologist who explains about edible and medicinal plants used by Aboriginal communities.