Whenever a truly Canadian culinary story flashes by me online, I generally take particular notice; the Canadian food scene has always been very prominent however rarely is it truly groundbreaking. When I read the news that Chef Joseph Shawana, of Odawa heritage, had recently opened a Canadian Indigenous restaurant in Toronto, I knew the very next article I wrote would have to be about this wonderful, and yes groundbreaking culinary adventure called KuKum.
Featuring such intriguing dishes as Pine Needle and Citrus Sorbet, or Seal Tartare with Bannock Crostini topped with Quail Egg, I am at once in awe and also craving a visit in person to try everything Chef Shawana’s menu has to offer. Somehow I don’t feel truly Canadian until I’ve had the honour of trying Three Sister Soup, or some Elk with Roasted Parsnips.
More impressive still is the knowledge that ingredients are obtained ethically with respect for tradition and sustainability, which is always music to my ears. Sincerely looking forward to a visit one day, and if you beat me to it be sure to let me know about your experience!
Visit the KuKum website here for more details.