Quick bites with 

Naomi Irie

Owner, Amami

Photos and questions by Maureen Provençal

PQ: What’s your food/wine philosophy?

NI: We are a Chinese/Asian restaurant. We believe in combining common Asian food dishes to create unique ones.

PQ: One food you can’t live without?

NI: Ramen (noodle soup).

PQ: One ingredient you can’t live without?

NI: Soy sauce.

PQ: What food should people be more open to trying?

NI: Hiyashi-chuka (cold noodle salad).

PQ: Weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten?

NI: Alligator.

PQ: Exact moment you decided to become involved in the restaurant industry?

NI: My husband and I wanted to own and operate a business in Whistler. My husband loves ramen and no one was serving it in town, so we opened Amami.

PQ: What’s your solution for a last minute meal?

NI: Ramen.

PQ: Best trend in food/restaurants?

NI: A good-sized portion of food, and quality.

PQ: Worst trend in food/restaurants?

NI: Packaged and instant foods.

PQ: Greatest professional moment?

NI: The millennium, the whole year.

PQ: Where would you go to eat, if you could go anywhere in the world?

NI: Turkey.

PQ: Where would you go for your last meal in Whistler?

NI: Amami.

PQ: What brought you to Whistler?

NI: We came for the business.

PQ: Who has been the most influential person on your cooking/career?

NI: My husband.

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