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Japanese

Hot Dining: Cute Creperie

Owners Phil Salazar and Candy Lam. Photo by Ian McCausland

Owners Phil Salazar and Candy Lam. Photo by Ian McCausland

Entrepreneur Candy Lam first encountered Japanese-style crepes while making buying trips to Asia for her clothing store. With the help of her husband, Phil Salazar, Lam re-imagined the crispy, cone-shaped versions of the beloved French pancake for Winnipeg. With unique sweet and savoury fillings and names like “Pump Up the Yam” and “It’s-A-Smore”, Kawaii Crepe shows how fun and food go hand in hand. 201-99 Osborne St, 204‑415‑2833; Unit D-1220 St Mary’s Rd, 204‑691‑3700

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner: Kamloops, British Columbia

Victoria Street, Kamloops. Photo by Spatial Mongrel

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner is our series highlighting the best local restaurants across Canada. Today we are featuring top restaurant picks in Kamloops, British Columbia, situated in the dry Thompson Valley, a hub for golf and outdoorsy endeavors.

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By Waheeda Harris

Breakfast

Make it a sweet start to the day with a cup of fair trade java and a cinnamon Danish roll from Romann’s Swiss Pastries and Chocolates. A mainstay of downtown, this Swiss bakery offers many delights, all made in house daily. And if you’re more of a savoury type, fresh from the oven bread will be another lure – the multigrain Sovital bread will help fuel up for a day of exploring.

Romann’s Swiss Pastries & Chocolates, 359 Victoria Street, Kamloops BC 250-372-2625

Lunch

Whether you’ve conquered the trails of Kenna Cartwright Park or the shopping areas of Columbia Street and Summit Drive, the tasty offerings from Taka Japanese will fit the bill. Plenty of locally-inspired options include freshly-made seaweed salad, BC roll with salmon skin or the Aurora roll (a California roll with salmon, tuna, shrimp or red snapper), or make life easy – order a combination bento box.

Taka Japanese Restaurant, #270-1210 Summit Drive, Kamloops BC 250-828-0806

Dinner

This contemporary boite will encourage switching from Mountain Co-op gear to a new outfit from one of the Victoria Street boutiques. With a nice little wine list and starters and entrees influenced by the cuisines of Spain, France and Italy, diners will have all their senses easily satisfied. Reward yourself with a post-meal stroll to see 400 rose varieties in the Peter Wing Rotary Rose Garden in nearby Riverside Park.

Felix on Fourth Street, 260 Fourth Avenue Kamloops, BC 250-434-4766

Hot Dining: Editor’s Choice

Every year, the editors of Where magazines across Canada present a series of awards honouring the country’s Best New Restaurants. This year’s pick for Halifax is the latest in the wave of Japanese restaurants. Fujiyama’s intimate subterranean dining room on Blowers Street was the home of the legendary nightspot La Cave but a graveyard for new restaurants since. Fujiyama is breaking the curse, though, thanks to a rich menu (specializing in sushi and hibachi—but the oft-overlooked sashimi and teriyaki are sure things too), cool setting and hot vibe.

Hot Dining: Engaging Import

Guu's deep-fried tofu (photo by Andrew John Virtue Dobson)

Who knew Torontonians were so starved for udon noodles and fried octopus balls? Apparently the owners of Guu! Since opening, the no-reservations Japanese-style izakaya’s communal tables have been crowded with boisterous diners. The energy emanates from the kitchen as cooks shout their greetings upon your arrival, and is sure to continue through the meal, too—you’ll be hard-pressed to restrain enthusiasm for tasty, eminently affordable fare like grilled pork cheek with yuzu pepper ($6.30), deep-fried tofu ($5) and salmon natto yukke ($8.30), which combines salmon sashimi with a variety of complementary nibbles. Wash it down with a glass of warm sake or authentic plum wine.