Canadian chef Makoto Ono’s highly anticipated PiDGiN (350 Carrall Street) opened this week in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. The restaurant, which was originally planned for a 2012 opening, brings together Japanese, Korean, and French flavours, with a focus on seafood and shared plates.
Ono received his culinary training at the Art Institute of Vancouver’s Dubrelle Culinary School. He won the Canadian Culinary Championships in 2007, and helmed the kitchen at Winnipeg’s Gluttons Bistro, Beijing’s Makoto, and Hong Kong’s Liberty Private Works, before returning home to Winnipeg to guest chef at his father’s Edohei Japanese restaurant before it closed in February 2012.
Rounding out the team at PiDGiN is pastry chef Amanda Cheng, who was born and raised in Vancouver and graduated from the Culinary Institute of America, and bar manager Robyn Gray, who previously worked at Revel Room, Calabash Bistro, and the Rosewood Hotel Georgia.
PiDGiN is the first Vancouver restaurant to offer sake on tap from Granville Island’s Artisan Sake Maker. Menu items are priced between $6 and $26.