If you’re a food lover in Kelowna, get ready for an exciting new addition to the culinary scene. Humo Izakaya is a contemporary dining concept that combines the best of Asia and Latin America in a modern and thoughtful way. The restaurant’s executive chef, Kai Koroll, is passionate about creating a unique and ingredient-driven menu that showcases the bounty of the Okanagan and beyond.

At Humo Izakaya, Chef Koroll draws on his extensive culinary experience to craft a menu that’s both innovative and delicious. He sources heirloom corn varieties from the Oaxacan highlands, which he nixtamalizes, grinds, and forms into handcrafted tortillas in-house. He also slow-smokes and charcoal grills artisanal proteins over open flame, infusing them with bold and complex flavors.

But Chef Koroll doesn’t just rely on global influences to create his dishes. He also works closely with local producers to showcase the best of the Okanagan’s food and drink scene. From fresh produce to local meats and wines, Humo Izakaya’s menu is a curated showcase of the region’s culinary bounty.

What’s more, Humo Izakaya is committed to fostering a healthy work-life balance for its employees. The restaurant’s owners and operators are lifelong veterans of the hospitality industry, and they know firsthand the challenges that come with working in the restaurant world. That’s why they emphasize craft, community, and fair compensation for their staff. And yes, they are hiring.

Foodies, mark your calendars for the grand opening of Humo Izakaya. With an opening date set for mid-April, you can look forward to an exciting and savoury summer on the Kelowna waterfront.

Chef Kai Koroll captured gold at the 2019 Kitchen Party in Kelowna.