Walking into Keriwa, a smokey fragrance welcomes. Immediately, one’s drawn back to summer campfires and the outdoors and good memories. In reality, it’s their wood-burning grill like the one at Calgary’s River Café but it just smells so good.
Keriwa epitomizes Canadian food. It draws inspiration from both the Aboriginal heritage of the owner/Chef Aaron Joesph Bear Robe and ingredients that the region/season has to offer.
Before opening Keriwa Café, Chef Bear Robe worked at Food Day restaurants River Café and Splendido. He apprenticed under Michael Stadtlander. It seemed a natural progression then for the talented supremely-focused chef to open his own restaurant combining his culinary background with his cultural one. Like Aaron, Sous Chef Dennis Tay is both widely experienced and deeply dedicated to hospitality and the philosophy of the hearth.
The ideology at Keriwa centres around honour: honouring the ingredients, the land that they come from, and the people that grow them. “Without them we are nowhere and to them we are indebted for the bounty of our hearth,” reads their website.
The short but sweet menu reads exactly like what one would expect if having to conjure up a definition of “Canadian food.” There’re wild mushrooms, Saskatoon berries, whitefish from Lake Huron, fabulous bread made with Red Fife flour to be spread with whipped Berkshire pork fat and sprinkled with sea salt. Keriwa exemplifies the bounty of ingredients Canada has to offer.
Having only opened last year, they have already made a huge splash in the Toronto culinary scene and they couldn’t be more deserving.
Keriwa Café is one of about 250 restaurants that celebrate Food Day Canada. Contact them at the number below to reserve a table.
Keriwa Café est l’un des 250 restaurants à travers tout le Canada qui participent au Journée des terroirs. Contactez Keriwa Café directement, au numéro ci-dessous, afin de faire votre réservation.
1690 Queen Street West
Toronto, ON M6R 1B3