A new east-end café makes First Nations comfort food for an aboriginal clientele.
Toronto is chock full of restaurants that serve food from all around the world, but have you sampled Canada’s own traditional recipes? A brand new east-side restaurant, Tea-N-Bannock, offers up meals that are popular in Canadian aboriginal communities. Unlike the aboriginal-French hybrid restaurant Keriwa Cafe in Parkdale, or the trendy Oliver & Bonacini’s Bannock, this food is intended primarily for aboriginal customers seeking a taste of home.
Tea-N-Bannock opened just three weeks ago at 1294 Gerrard Street East, only a few blocks west of Little India. Stepping in from the street, it feels like you’ve walked into a tranquil oasis—the room is decorated with birch tree branches and snowshoes, and a recording of birds cooing plays in the background.
The menu, posted on a stretched-out animal hide, consists of classic staples of aboriginal communities. Health food it ain’t, but it’ll keep you going if you’re trekking around in the bush. “You can’t get any more Canadian than this,” explains staffer Timothy Peltier, an aboriginal from Manitoulin Island.
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