Take a culinary tour around the world while staying in Kamloops
One of the best parts of travelling is experiencing different cultures through cuisine.
However, with all the COVID-19 regulations in place, no one will be jetting off and tasting the best that places like Seoul or Montego Bay have to offer, anytime soon. The good news is that Kamloops is full of great local restaurants specializing in authentic cuisine from other countries. Check out this list of restaurants featuring foods from around the world and take a pretend vacation without leaving town.
Your stomach will thank you later.
Maurya's is located downtown on Victoria Street. You can order on their website for take-out or delivery.
They serve popular favourites like butter chicken, samosas and vindaloos, with some specialty items like Gulab Jamun, sweet deep-fried milk balls with cardamom syrup.
Vegetarians will find over a dozen items on their menu to choose from too.
If you want to try something new, check out Madras Masala and Grill on 3 Avenue, where Passeks Classics Café was located.
They serve authentic cuisine from North and South India, and their specialty is house made South Indian dosas.
When it comes to authentic Asian cuisine, there are a lot of options in Kamloops from many different regions.
If you want a fried chicken with a Korean twist, pay a visit to Tongdak Fried at 340 Victoria Street. New to Kamloops this year, Tongdak specializes in KFC— Korean fried chicken.
You'll get an assortment of flavours to choose from, different from what we're used to seeing in Western Pubs. They have Yang-Neom, a sweet and spicy sauce, Go-Ma, a mix of hot peppers and garlic, and much more.
To experience a classic Japanese dish, you won't have to look far— when it comes to sushi, Kamloops has a lot to choose from. If you want to try the two newest sushi restaurants in town, head over to the North Shore to Blue Fish Sushi or up in Sahali to Jay's Sushi & Tempura House. They both have rave reviews from devoted customers.
For your authentic noodle fix, a long-time local favourite is Tiger Ramen at the Columbia Place Shopping Centre in Sahali. They have miso, barbecue, curry and spicy broths, with all the fixings for a loaded, delicious and almost overflowing bowl of ramen.
Senior Froggy Restaurant is a local favourite, with locations downtown and on the North Shore.
They serve traditional Mexican cuisine like enchiladas, burritos, taco salad and
Many of their key ingredients, like their refried beans, Mexican rice and nacho chips, are made fresh in-house.
Another great spot for traditional Mexican food is Casa Azul, located on Victoria Street. Their decor will make visitors feel like they've travelled to Mexico, and their food completes the illusion.
They serve enchiladas, chimichangas, and traditional soups like Caldo de Pollo, a broth with shredded chicken, rice, avocado and pico de gallo. You can also order alcoholic treats like tequila shots, home-made margaritas and Mexican cocktails.
Jamaican Kitchen has everything when it comes to traditional cuisine.
Caribbean-born owner Kamau lived in Kamloops from age 8 until age 19 before returning to the Caribbean where he owned and operated a restaurant for over 10 years as a Red Seal Chef.
On their menu you'll find dishes prepared jerk style, which is a signature mix of Caribbean spices with a sweet and spicy flavour.
If you're feeling adventurous, you can try their curried goat, served with coconut rice and Caribbean style vegetables.
Jamaican Kitchen is located at 451 Tranquille Road, and they're open for take-out and delivery through Skip the Dishes.
Sometimes, there's nothing better than a big bowl of pasta after a long day of work.
Peter's Pasta has all the Italian classics, and they're located at 149 Victoria Street. Get your comfort food favourites like lasagna, home-made garlic bread, tortellini and risotto.
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