Salmon n’ Bannock n’ Elk, oh my!

In October, I travelled to Vancouver, BC to participate in the Ch'nook Scholars gathering at UBC. While there, I visited Aboriginal Tourism BC (AtBC) to learn more about their work in the hope that we will be able to write a case study on some of the important initiatives they are leading on the West Coast. Following a very productive meeting, I asked for recommendations of "must see" attractions in the area. One of those "must see" attractions was actually a "must taste" attraction — Salmon n' Bannock Bistro.

Given the rave reviews from my contact at AtBC, I decided that no matter the location, I would find my way to Salmon n' Bannock. Imagine my surprise when I discovered it was just 2 blocks away from my hotel on West Broadway! Tamara (an MBA student who co-presented with me at Ch'nook) and I decided to have lunch there on a Friday. The bistro had a pleasant atmosphere and was very comfortable. We sat at a table by the window, surrounded by Aboriginal art.

We started with BBQ salmon mousse with bannock crackers. It was absolutely delicious!

Then, while Tamara enjoyed a BBQ pulled boar sandwich with smoked cheddar and caramelized onions, I tried the Elk burger, topped with mushrooms, alder smoked bacon, and smoked cheddar. There is only one word that can capture the experience of this burger: heaven. It was seriously THE BEST burger I have ever had in my life.

My only regret is that we were so full following this feast, that we didn't have room to try one of the desserts!

Salmon n' Bannock is currently in the running for a Small Business BC Award. On that site, you can watch a video profile of the restaurant.

If you're headed to Vancouver, this is truly a "must taste" experience!