Advertisement
Food & Drink

What’s on the menu at NishDish, Toronto’s new Anishinabe café

By Caroline Aksich| Photography by Caroline Aksich

Chef Johl Whiteduck Ringuette’s Anishinabe catering company, NishDish, moved into the old Tacos El Asador space earlier this month. Since then, the all-day weekend brunch menu has had people lining up along Bloor West, waiting patiently for braised bison short ribs with eggs and cedar tea. During the week, there’s no à la carte menu. Instead, Whiteduck Ringuette serves a rotating selection of dishes informed by his catering gigs: dandelion-cranberry salad, elk with cranberries, roasted buffalo, thyme- and sage-spiced pheasant and a variety of stews. “My father was a hunter, fisher and trapper, and he taught us how to snare and clean rabbits at a young age, but I never learned about indigenous cooking,” says Whiteduck Ringuette. “I talked to all the kokums [grandmothers] to find out what traditional food is.” Using this knowledge, he closes the store every Monday to teach a culinary class to a group of indigenous youth.

What's on the menu at NishDish, Toronto's new Anishinabe café
A bowl of Three Sisters Stew (green beans, butternut squash and corn). $6.

 

What's on the menu at NishDish, Toronto's new Anishinabe café
Carrot, sweet potato and ginger soup with a hit of maple vinaigrette. $6.

 

What's on the menu at NishDish, Toronto's new Anishinabe café
Roast venison and a fig balsamic reduction served with maple flake-topped butternut squash and shimeji mushrooms. $16.

 

What's on the menu at NishDish, Toronto's new Anishinabe café
Chef Johl Whiteduck Ringuette.

 

What's on the menu at NishDish, Toronto's new Anishinabe café
Many of the products on the menu are sourced from First Peoples producers. The Moccasin-Jo coffee beans, for example, are roasted in Kanehsatake, Quebec. They’re available for sale by the pound, along with maple syrup and some non-edible items like moccasins and earrings.

 

What's on the menu at NishDish, Toronto's new Anishinabe café
Ren Lonechild painted the front of the building and this 13 moon calendar.

 

What's on the menu at NishDish, Toronto's new Anishinabe café
Outside Nish Dish’s Koreatown restaurant Photo by Caroline Aksich

690 Bloor St. W., 416-855-4085, nishdish.com, @nishdishmarketeria

NEVER MISS A TORONTO LIFE STORY

Sign up for Table Talk, our free newsletter with essential food and drink stories.

By signing up, you agree to our terms of use and privacy policy.
You may unsubscribe at any time.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Advertisement
Advertisement

More New Restaurants

What's on the menu at Edna and Vita, a splashy new Italian restaurant in the old Reds Wine Tavern space
Food & Drink

What’s on the menu at Edna and Vita, a splashy new Italian restaurant in the old Reds Wine Tavern space