The word ‘Miijidaa’ is from the Ojibway language. It literally means “let’s eat.” We thought there couldn’t be a better word for a restaurant. (Still can’t!) For us it’s an inspiration to celebrate the cuisines and foods around us. A chance to show off our northern bounty.
There are many influences in what has come to define Canadian cuisine. Starting with the First Nations, followed by the influences of the French, English, there are many ideas and traditions that have motivated us to create something special. In a way, we’ve gone ‘back to the future’ – our menu is a very modern take on, and mélange of, our northern gastronomic history. We’ve even given a nod to the Vikings and the Portuguese who visited our shores before the early explorers. And, to be clear, we consider no cuisine superior to the other… each is equally inspirational.
For us, renowned Aboriginal Canadian artist Norval Morrisseau best articulates the spirit of Miijidaa:
“My art speaks and will continue to speak transcending barriers of nationality, of language and of other forces that may be divisive.”