Eat Here: Keriwa Cafe, Toronto

August 16, 2012 by

Committed to using only the freshest ingredients to create dishes inspired by native Canadian recipes, Keriwa Cafe is a diamond in the rough in Toronto’s dining scene.

Many restaurants claim to be sustainable or use local ingredients, but Keriwa Cafe sticks rigidly to this standard. Each ingredient is said to have a purpose, with the menu changing often to reflect both the season and the Canadian landscape.

Head chef and owner Aaron Joseph Bear Robe, who is of Blackfoot and Scottish-Nova Scotian decent, has created an atmosphere and a menu that is traditionally Canadian in a way that is neither pretentious nor kitsch.

The happy medium lies in skillfully crafted plates that draw on the chef’s diverse culinary background and the use of local ingredients. Diners are greeted by friendly staff, the smell of woodsmoke, and the aroma of Aboriginal dishes.

The decor is homey but clever, and native Torontonians and visitors alike seem to be delighted at this restaurant’s recent opening. Must-try items on Keriwa’s menu include the Duck or Pork Confit, the Lamb Saddle and the Whitefish, which is ever-present on the menu, yet prepared differently depending on season. Keriwa Cafe also serves a delectable brunch.

Photo source: Keriwa Cafe

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  1. Julie C. says:

    Toronto is a big city – where is this located? Which dish would you recommend?

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