Not only is Canada a beautiful country full of unique cities and culture, it also offers up some incredible gastronomic experiences.

According to enRoute magazine, the Japanese-Italian fusion restaurant, Kissa Tanto, was named Canada’s best restaurant of 2016. Located in Vancouver’s Chinatown, the restaurant is styled on 1960’s Tokyo Jazz cafés with a modern mid-century modern twist. Tannis Ling and chefs Joël Watanabe and Alain Chow are the masters behind the creation of this upstairs lounge.


So what makes this restaurant so unique?

Joël Watanabe, chef-owner of the restaurant, grew up a multicultural cuisine influence — French Canadian from his mother, Japanese from his father and Corsican from his grandfather.

Watanabe navigates an Italian-Japanese course, a concept which seemed a bit strange at first, but with his sixth-sense of harmony and balance he proved the two cuisines can be perfectly combined to unfold the delicate flavors of Japan with the warmth of Italian cooking.


One of the chef’s newest creations includes a lamb dish topped with tosaka seaweed and olive oil, accompanied by the Sardinian pasta fregula.

For those traveling to Canada, be sure to check out this restaurant if you’re looking for an interesting culinary experience.

Kissa Tanto website


*Source: article written by LOIS ABRAHAM at The Globe and Mail newspaper on October 26th, 2016.