Thursday, May 08, 2014


May 8, 2014

Tuna poke, avocado, crispy shallots - 2

J's comment > not bad; tuna and avocado fresh; loved the nori chips - really crisp and doesn't melt under moisture; shallots not very crispy though

Chili beef tartar w a root chip - 2

J's comment > again, loved the nori chips; beef also fresh, but chunks a bit bigger than expected of a tartar, which should be diced really finely, as is, the beef was really hard to chew through as it was a leaner cut; not spicy

Spam lettuce cups, pickled carrot & daikon, herbs - 2

J's comment > the 'spam' was actually shredded ham hock, which whilst interesting, didn't really shine through all the veggies in the lettuce cup; mini rant:

see, now here's a situation where I don't know if I am the one who assumes too much, or if it's something else that's going on that I just don't get; you see the description 'spam' on the menu at a 'tiki bar', and knowing the Hawaiians' love for the real canned Spam, wouldn't you totally expect the actual canned Spam? So now I'm wondering if I should have asked the server to clarify if I was getting spam from the dish that lists 'spam lettuce cups'. Should I start questioning everything now? Thoughts?

Sweet and spicy fried chicken, sesame and green onions - 2

J's comment > chicken borderline dry; not much of a crunch to this fried chicken


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Extra Comment
FYI, Kanaka is affiliated with and share kitchen space w Blacktail Florist. Kanaka is below street level, and Blacktail Florist is above. After having found the entrance on Water Street to Blacktail Florist previously, it was much easier locating Kanaka. If you haven't been to either before, it is literally 'hidden in plain sight'.

Other than the decor, I'm not exactly convinced the food is 'tiki' as advertised (I imagined something more Polynesian / Hawaiian as tiki's origins are Polynesian), but then again, tiki bars aren't known for food, but for their drinks.
(couldn't find the Kanaka website, but I'm sure the Blacktail Florist peeps will be able to assist in Q's re Kanaka)

Labels: gastown, pacific northwest, tapas, tiki

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