Chef Robin Wasicuna has been making great food for the soul and not counting calories for a while in Yellowknife. After spending years working for other people, he opened his own food truck called Wise Guy’s. He offered a range of gourmet burgers, but was best known for his peanut butter and bacon jam master piece: the Numbnutts.
Wanting to do more than burgers, Chef catered pop up restaurants at people’s homes, and even in his own living room. This fine dinning experience offered fresh seasonal foods over multiple courses. Keep these evenings to a small maximum of people to guarantee quality, the demand soon exceeded what he was able to do. Then he opened Numbers at Bay Side.
This partnership with the Bayside Bed and Breakfast gave Robin his own kitchen and a chance to really expand the very limited dinning experience Yellowknife had to offer. He kept the menu to a maximum of nine items, and kept the basic idea of his successful catering business: fresh and in season for the best flavours.
Numbers at Bay Side got amazing reviews, and even catered to, now Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau. But after several months of sharing a kitchen with the B&B, a hit and miss crowd, Chef leapt at the next opportunity.
He opened his own diner. His first kitchen all to himself.
And as coincidence, or fate, would have it, the diner was in the very same motel his family first stayed at when they moved to Yellowknife decades ago, the Twin Pine Motor Hotel (now the Arnica Inn after many onwers and name changes). And that’s where he got the name Twin Pine Diner.
Not happy with regular fair, he had to put his own spin on all the regular food. His BLTs had almost a dozen slices of bacon.
Waffles started with pulled pork, and have since evolved into a peach compote with a hazel nut sauce.
His chicken wings were twice cooked, and you have never tasted anything so delicious in your life. The mashed potatoes that came with them melted like butter in your mouth. (Chef is notorious for how much butter he uses in his food, and the flavour makes it worth every extra calorie.)
Chef Robin’s menu is constantly evolving. Wether he is changing ingredients in old favourites, adding a new dish, or creating a cocktail to wash it all down with, there is always something delicious and unexpected at Twin Pine Diner.
For regular updates on hours, specials and menu items check out their facebook page: here.