Brunchers rejoice! BigHeart Bannock Cultural Cafe, a delicious Indigenous restaurant formerly located on Commercial Drive, is now serving up weekend brunch out of Skwachàys Lodge Aboriginal Hotel and Gallery. Driven by a passion for Indigenous ingredients and flavours, BigHeart Bannock's chef and owner Lauraleigh Paul Yuxweluputun’aat has partnered with chef Larissa Grieves to revive the palate for wild foods in an Indigenous urbanized setting while advocating for the bounty of Mother Earth.
Located in Vancouver's historic downtown, Skwachàys Lodge is an 18 room boutique Indigenous arts and culture hotel, which funds an Artist in Residence program and stunning art gallery, featuring artwork and jewellery by Indigenous artists. Just beyond the gallery, BigHeart Bannock serves brunch from 10 am to 2 pm on weekends, where Lodge guests and non-guests can dig into dishes like baked or fried bannock with a choice of house-made jam (featuring flavours like sage-smoked woodland berry and sweetgrass strawberry), baked bannock French toast, bison sausage hash, or a wild boar sausage patty with elderberry barbecue aioli, among other offerings. Guests can also sip on tea by local Indigenous company Raven and Hummingbird Tea Co. and coffee from Spirit Bear Coffee Company.
Can't make it to brunch? BigHeart Bannock hopes to eventually offer lunch and dinner. In the meantime, make sure to check out their catering services and their soon-to-be-launched open-mic night.
Read more about BigHeart Bannock here. Interested in connecting more with Indigenous cultures in Vancouver and British Columbia? Visit Indigenous Tourism BC's website.