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Salmon n' Bannock Bistro

1128 West Broadway, #7
Vancouver, BC V6H1G5
Tel: (604) 568-8971
Neighbourhood: West Side

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Surprising eats, good honest food, hoping for a bigger menu
By EatsFats of Vancouver (321 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, April 16, 2010 - 11:59pm [Dine in]

They did a good job inside here. Nothing fancy, but they have a clean, fresh look inside. Not too cramped, just right.
The server was very friendly, but not terribly on top of his game, but we'll give him a break for all his enthusiasm and effort.

The menu looks ... tiny. Blah. We just ended up picking a salmon burger, soup + bannock and some "candy salmon" plate.
Well, the plate came out. The salmon mousse, very good. 3 kinds of bannock, all good. The candy salmon? Very generous portions. In fact, the only complaint is that maybe they should have chopped up the candy salmon in smaller pieces.
Next up, the salmon burger. I was expecting the usual. I was disappointed in that regard, because it turned out really, really good. Salmon was near perfectly done, not overcooked. Very moist, tender and fresh. They took care not to overwhelm the salmon, which remained the highlight of the dish. A rare feat for a salmon burger! Of course they did not use the usual bun, but their own bannock.
Last up was soup and bannock. Very simple concoction, very inexpensive, and done quite well. Soup was tasty, not too salty, you can tell it's just the plain taste of all the ingredients, no MSG, nothing fake here.

It was a nice eye-opener here. Be prepared to take your time, because they made virtually EVERYTHING from scratch when we ordered it (except the candied salmon). But it was worth it. Well made food here, you can tell the kitchen cares. My only wish is that they expand their menu, otherwise I think a couple of trips here would easily exhaust the menu.

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Great Night Out
By junedunford of Vancouver (downtown) (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, October 13, 2010 - 3:21pm [Dine in]

A friend and I visited a small but very cosy restaurant after the theatre..”Salmon and Bannock”. We were pleasantly surprised with a warm greeting by Inez the owner/server/hostess. Impressive First Nations décor of art on the walls and were told they were done by a local First Nations artist. Appetizer of salmon mousse and bannock was delicious and well presented. Hesitated to order the bison on bannock burger by past experience of dryness but this was moist and yummy. My friend had salmon and said it was very tasty. Could see other people in restaurant were enjoying their food as well. Sweet potato fries great. Generous portions so that we may enjoy the take home for lunch the next day. Impressed by paper take out packages. Will go back again and recommend to friends and visitors to Vancouver.

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Unique and intimate
By rgm of Richmond , BC (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, March 6, 2010 - 1:48pm [Dine in]

My wife and I recently dined at this little oasis on West Broadway, and we were very impressed! The ambiance is cozy and art house cool with just the right music, and native art work featured on the walls. The owners are very pleasant and proud of what they have created. And when we tasted the food, we soon realized why. Delicious dishes with a native theme, prepared with care and high quality organically grown ingredients. I had the buffalo chili and loved it, accompanied by 3 Beaver's local beer and a salad with bannock on the side. Everything first class! I can't wait to order it again, except that I want to sample the rest of the menu. My wife ordered an Indian taco with buffalo meat which she found very tasty. Next time we'll explore the wine list.

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Should be called Potatoes and Bannock
By lyndawitha_y of Surrey, BC (13 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, January 27, 2011 - 9:37pm [Dine in]

Came here last night with the boyfriend for dine out vancouver, and I had a wonderful experience. The restaurant is a little difficult to spot on the street at night, but it's across from Tojo's and under Tomakazu on West Broadway close to Oak. When we entered we were instantly greeted by smiling faces and seated.

The place was contemporarily traditional. Dim lights, blood red walls, and abstract Aboriginal paintings, set both a contemporary and traditional tone. Quaint, and comfortable.

To start, I had the BBQ Smoked Salmon mousse with Bannock and their signature "salmon crisp." It was delicious, but painfully small. I wouldn't say mousse is the right word for the dish though, more like pate. The salmon crisp added a nice touch of texture. My boyfriend had the Navajo smoked pork and corn chowder, which was full in taste and equally delicious. My cornish hen was good, but nothing special. I'm usually not a fan of mashed potatoes, but I was crazy about theirs! They were awesomely fluffy, sweetened with honey, and was topped with roasted honey glazed nuts. Mmm! My boyfriend's salmon sounded delicious in writing, but it was dry and I couldn't really taste the butter it was "infused" with.

Oh yes, and the bannock is awesome.

Their wine selection is limited as they only serve four grapes from Nk'Mip Cellars (an aboriginal winery from Osoyoos). We chose the Chardonnay, but found its acidity to overpowering for our dishes which tend to be more subtle in its flavours. Oh, and they don't serve their wines in wine glasses either.

The only thing I have to say is that they did not refill our wineglasses, but maybe as a server I'm being a little too anal. Aside from that, no complaints. One of the friendliest staff you'll meet.

I am planning to come back here after dine out vancouver to try their regular menu.

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True West Coast Food Done Right!!!!
By funkybumpkin of Vancouver (14 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, March 13, 2010 - 10:42am [Dine in]

We decided to try something totally new and visited this cozy restaurant last night. It had a really warm west coast vibe - clean, modern, but with gorgeous native art and sounds of water around.

More impressive was the menu, which was simple, but filled with really yummy tasting dishes (exactly how I like it!). My fiance and I had the indian platter dish, which had salmon mousse, indian candy, bannock, and clam fritters. LOVED it! We also shared some indian tacos, which were fresh and more than enough for two to share. Very generous portions for the latter dish.

Can't wait to go back to try the deer stew and buffalo chili. Or go for breakfast, which also had some great and interesting egg dishes.

I'm bored of chains, most white places are overpriced and pretentious, and I love asian fare, but sometimes it's enough, so this was a pleasant change.

I'd highly recommend going for both the interesting and delicious dishes and the cool cozy atmosphere.

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Well worth a visit!
By KK05 of PoCo (3 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, June 12, 2012 - 1:02pm [Dine in]

My boyfriend and I were out for a walk one day and just happened to walk past this restaurant. I grew up in a small town where native cuisine was abundant so definitely wanted to check this place out. We went back a couple of weeks later and it did not disappoint. I had the wild sockeye salmon with creamy dill sauce which included roasted potatoes, cauliflower and carrots as well as a fresh bannock. My boyfriend had the bison cheese burger on bannock with sweet potato wedges. The service was very attentive and the food fresh and well made. I would highly recommend checking this restaurant out. My only regret was that we were too full to try the bannock bread pudding!

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Cozy, friendly and good food.
By Sara-Sara of Marpole, Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, November 4, 2011 - 10:59am [Dine in]

We dropped in with-out a reservation for a quick light dinner and the staff was very accommodating.
I promised my friend something different, and we where very happy with the results!
My daughter the picky eater had a great time eating the salmon burger, the seafood soup was great and everything was fresh!

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Delectible delight, a tasteful niche, a place to go back to
By Lifensmiles of East kootenay, bc (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, May 31, 2010 - 8:35pm [Dine in]

I drove to Vancouver to take courses related to my job. I walked down broadway looking for something different n boy was I hungry. I was met at the door by a very approachable, proffessional and welcoming host which right away made me feel comfy! The paintings on the wall were unlike anything I had ever seen, and art is not something I am naive about. The options for alcohol beverages were unique, non typical, but not unfamaliar and refreshing to choose from, there own, unique! I will end this review with YES Clam Fritters YES My New Love, I Shall Return And Be Together With You Once Again! Thank u guys, food n company was great. I will tell all my friends.

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Something Diffrent
By Anna Bananna of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, May 23, 2010 - 11:13am [Dine in]

Read about it, so we had to try it.. the place is quite small, seating up to 30 people at most, but still found the atmosphere to be quite cozy.

Their menu is small, but good none the less. Price is alright due to the fact that some of the ingredients are not of the typical variety found in everyday restaurants ( Deer Stew for example )

We had 3 people (all of us girls) and found the serving size to be quite filling. We started off with the Candied Salmon Platter and the Salmon Mousse was super, the clam fritters hot, and the bannock tasty.. served fried and baked. We shared the Deer stew and the Buffalo Tacos...the Stew was bland and it was more of a soup than a thick stew... but other than that, just add some salt and pepper to it and its fine. The taco were tasty it was on bannock rather than your usual pita or taco shell. The service staff were attentive, and speedy with your requests.

If you want to try something out of the ordinary i would recommend to give this place a try

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Change from the Chains
By goingout of Coal Harbour, Vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, March 11, 2010 - 9:55am [Dine in]

Great little place on Broadway, simple tasty food, good service in a relaxed ambiance. I tried the salmon burger with a salad, it was enough but I could have had two. A nice change from the chains, and hey now I know what Bannock is.. and it is kinda of good!

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Modern twist on a traditional theme.
By capriblue of North Burnaby (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, March 4, 2010 - 12:38pm [Dine in]

It's a hidden treasure! I went there with a few friends for dinner and drinks. Not only did we leave stuffed, we left with a new take on Native Indian Cuisine. When people from around the world ask what our indigenous food here on the West Coast of Canada is, you can answer "Salmon 'n' Bannock. Better yet just take them to this quaint new restaurant. The atmosphere is warm and very cosy. It is tastefully decorated in original native artwork, which all has a story to it. The owners, are huge supporters of local organic products, explaining that the concept is to keep everything Canadian based and linked to the traditional ingredients of Native cooking. Bannock is served and prepared in creative ways as a side to most dishes and is scrumptious! The candied salmon is the best I've had. We also tried the Buffalo Chili, Salmon Mousse and both Salmon and Buffalo Burgers. My only complaint is that they wouldn't give us the recipe for the chili!

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A Delightful Surprise
By jat6 of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, February 27, 2010 - 11:15pm [Dine in]

My girlfriend and I recently noticed the new restaurant that had taken over Mona's Broadway location, and we decided to give it a try. We were delighted with the dark and romantic atmosphere, beautiful aboriginal artwork lining the walls, and the traditional native Canadian food. The server was probably the owner, and was a little "hover-y", but meant well, and was very attentive. We had the Wild Buffalo Burger on Bannock, the Wild Buffalo Chilli (with a side of Bannock), and some wild berry bread (Bannock) pudding for dessert. The food was excellent, and the buffalo was very flavourful, but just a forewarning: if you don't appreciate carbs, then you may be put-off by the presence of Bannock Bread in almost all of the dishes. One appetizer, two entrees, and a dessert for less than $40.

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Class Field Trip Experience
By Our_class of Vancouver Fairview (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, December 10, 2012 - 2:40pm [Dine in]

Last week, our class went to the only Aboriginal restaurant, Salmon n' Bannock, in Vancouver. It's conveniently located on West Broadway, which is in a run-down area. When we stepped in, the ambiance was unique; however, the layout didn't fulfill our expectations, because we expected to see more aboriginal decoration. We saw First Nations' paintings and hand crafts which were attractive, but not enough to make us feel more curious about their culture. Some of us found the traditional music appropriate, while others considered it nerve wracking. The food was reasonably priced, but the taste of the food wasn't extraordinary. For instance, the bison was too thick and the lox was too thin. The service was attentive; unfortunately the restaurant was understaffed, so we had to wait a long time for our food. For one visit we would recommend it, but only once.

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Okay food, not worth the price.
By cnqacv of Vancouver (east) (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, May 20, 2010 - 3:22pm [Dine in]

My girlfriend and I wanted to try something new and we decided to go here. This was a bad choice. The service was okay, but the food was not worth the price was had to pay. They gave tiny portions and the menu was small. The menu was quite repetitive and I would not recommend coming here if you are hungry.

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