Twin Pine Diner, Yellowknife, NT
With food trucks trending all over the continent, it would make sense that someone with chutzpah would drive one onto the culinary scene of Yellowknife. The Wiseguy Food Truck was very successful so in 2015 Chef/Owner Robin Wasicuna moved his operation into the Arnica Hotel and dubbed his new restaurant, The Twin Pine Diner.
In an interview with the Ottawa Citizen, Twin Pine Chef/Owner Robin Wasicuna commented: “Being local and sustainable in Yellowknife can be challenging. I’ve just started working with local foragers who provide me with wild mushrooms, wild onions, berries, different wild greens like myrtle, dandelion, chicory, and we’re able to incorporate them into interesting side dishes, salads and garnishes.”
When he’s not in the kitchen, Robin volunteers with Food First NWT, a group that works to promote healthy food options for kids in schools. He was the NWT representative at the Canadian Chefs Congress in Nova Scotia September , 2012 and at Northern Scene in Ottawa May 2013.
His meaty menu varies from beefy burgers with some pretty neat toppings like kimchee to pulled pork tacos. A spicy sausage and pepper burger is pictured at the right.
For Food Day Canada 2013 he served: “Chicken n waffles w fireweed infused birch syrup, candied spruce tips, & fireweed flowers, garnished with local made bacon. The waffles will be made with local eggs too!” In 2014 he the special was ling cod sausage with spruce tip capers and fireweed tartar sauce!
The Twin Pine Diner is one of about 250 restaurants that celebrate Food Day across Canada.
The Twin Pine Diners est l’un des 250 restaurants à travers tout le Canada qui participent au Journée des terroirs.
The Twin Pine Diner
4115 Franklin Avenue
P.O. Box 596
Yellowknife, NT X1A 2N4