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Sunday, April 11, 2010

Salmon n' Bannock-Hmm...interesting

EU and I were surfing on Urbanspoon few days ago, and we found this interesting First Nation restaurant. I have heard of Bannock (pronounced as Ban-nik) before but have never really got the chance to try it. So...First Nation cuisine here we go!
Salmon n' Bannock
1128 West Broadway, Vancouver BC

Ratings
1:Yucks! 2:Improvement needed 3:So-So~ 4:Good 5:Very good 6:Heavenly

Food: 4.5
Price: 4.5
Service: 6
Ambiance: 3
Overall: 4.5
  • Authentic First Nation cuisine
  • Decorated with different First Nation paintings and arts
  • I think they just opened few months ago, so the original name of the restarant is still there. If you see "Mona's" restaurant next to a tanning salon, bang! Then you will see Salmon n' Bannock's banner next to it :)
We arrived at 6:05pm and it was really quiet. We stood there and took a look at their menu (I know its weird because that's out purpose to be there!) Then we went in and was guided to a table on the right. There were three customers when we entered, but I was guessing there would be more people coming because that's the biggest table they were sitting!

The interior was pretty simple, with colourful First Nation paintings on the wall and was decorated with black, red and white colours. Every table has a small vase with two beautiful flowers.

Both EU and I had actually taken a look at their menu online so we ordered quickly after seated.

Wild Smoked Salmon Platter-
  • $10
  • Served with bannock, capers, Spanish onions, mix greens
  • Mix Green Salad-n/a (it's salad...nothing to shout about)
  • The greens were crunchy, especially the zucchini.
  • Ok, I was NOT surprised by the salad; but the dressing was really good and refreshing! It didn't taste oily and heavy like the normal ones.
  • I think they made the dressing freshly with berries (raspberries maybe?). If you take a closer look at it, you will actually find tiny bits of berries in it. Nice!
  • Smoked Salmon-n/a (again, they are SMOKED salmon)
  • Bannock-4.5/6

  • Served with capers, onions and bannock
  • It was interesting to see they served two kinds of bannock for this dish. The circular ones with some burnt colour on the top and bottom were warm. On the other hand, the long ones were cold.
  • The warm bannock was pan-fried. Overall, it was soft, but the inside was even softer and chewier. I like that chewiness ;)
  • The crust long bannock was a bit too hard for me. Also because it's long in shape, I had to either eat the crust first or eat the softer part first. Unlike the warm bannock, which I could eat both layers together. Overall, it was chewy, but I will prefer the warm ones.
Three Sisters' Soup n' Bannock-n/a (I didn't try this)
  • $6 (+$2 add mix organic greens)
  • Three Sisters: Butternut squash, potatoes and corn, and green beans
    The server was very nice and friendly. He thought we were doing a project on First Nation, so he told us the story of the Three Sisters :)

  • Unlike the Smoker Salmon Platter I had, EU's bannock were both served warm. She likes the texture as well but finds them nothing special.
They gave us the bill in a black box with two toffee candies.
It was an easy meal; the flavour of the food were not very strong, which is a good choice to end my day after having those wonderful chocolates after lunch ;D

Salmon n' Bannock on Urbanspoon

4 comments:

  1. Grrr~~ Seems that you've got some nice pictures here! :D I think I like Salmon n' Bannock. Tho honestly, food is bland! Haha, but I take that as "healthy"! Hmm, what should we try on our next visit? Also, the owner (?) was really nice! I really he can sustain the business. :)

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  2. Yes, the food is not really flavourful compare to other cuisines. Instead of taking it as "healthy", I will take it as a characteristic of First Nation cuisine ;)
    I sure will give them another chance (mainly because I hope he can sustain the business as well). I think I will try that raisin bannock next time; it sounds pretty good to me (raisins anyone?).
    I like the service as well, especially I didn't expect him to tell us that interesting story! His service definitely deserves a 6 :)

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  3. mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm...... gooooooooood food<3

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