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Keriwa Café, a new restaurant with an Aboriginal menu, to open on Queen West next month

A new restaurant focused on Aboriginal cuisine is set to open on Queen Street West this coming May. Behind Keriwa is Aaron Joseph Bear Robe, previously of Splendido, Michael Stadtländer’s Eigensinn Farm and Haisai, and the River Café in Calgary. With a strong pedigree of farm-to-table haute cuisine, Keriwa Café will bring Aboriginal recipes together with more contemporary dishes, and will focus on local, seasonal and organic ingredients. He’s also promised us fried bread.

The space on the Parkdale strip (previously home to Simone Interiors, Chong Ching Garden and Snowball Gallery and Workshop) is just steps from a growing row of local food–focused restaurants, including Local Kitchen and Cowbell. The interior, currently being redesigned by Roy Banse Design (Böhmer, Thompson Hotel Toronto),will be a modern-rustic space complete with a wood-burning grill, salvaged accent pieces and photos on display by the Aboriginal artist Jason Jenkins.

Keriwa Café, 1690 Queen St. W., 416-533-2552,

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  • huk

    Will there be Flipper Pie?

  • Adam

    Fantastic idea. European tourists in particular will lap this up.

  • Jane Kennedy

    Awesome! From Maryland, cannot wait to visit Mr. Bear Robe’s new establishment!

  • Carrie Muswaki

    I am from the Alberta and it is called Flapper Pie….FYI
    I will be there at the opening……tasted his cooking a few times and it is exceptional!! Good home cooking with an artistic flare.

  • Paul

    Bear Robe: an impecable chef with an attention to detail…..this should be great….looking forward to it!

  • heather miousse

    I can not wait to go this resturant! I am from northern ontario, I have heard great things about this chef!

  • melanie

    I will definately go there!!!!! Jus can’t wait to take my kidz there make a family affair.

  • Jenn

    This sounds amazing! Can’t wait…

  • Christine

    Finally Aboriginal cuisine! yay!

  • Cheryl

    I’d rather try flipper pie – you don’t see seal on menus here very often.

  • Basil

    Flipper is a dolphin….

  • Jennifer Rafferty

    Wonderful! Am so stoked that this is happening. Hopefully it won’t be too pricey so everyone will have access to this potentially amazing project.

  • Danny

    I really hope this can really boost Canada’s local food profile!

  • Inez Cook

    Happy it’s finally catching on!! Can’t wait to
    Check it out! When ‘in’ Vancouver check out Salmon n’Bannock
    Organic game & wild fish :)

  • axel

    went there last night for the bison burgers. special $5 each. felt like i was treated like a second class citizen. waited in line for over an hour and 15 minutes, with unused open tables inside. got the so called burgers,,,,i make meat balls bigger than these burgers…didnt taste like bison. we had 2 “burgers’ each, 1 glass of coke, 1 draft beer, and the bill came to around $38. not going back

  • renata

    I Can’t believe it, that my MAN was working on this amazing project . HI IS A WONDERFUL MAN AND AMAZING ARTIST!!!
    November24, 2012