Quick Bites 

It's all about balance

Text and photo by Maureen Provencal

Quick bites with

Ingo Fanslau, co-owner, Pepe & Gringo’s


PQ: What’s your food/wine philosophy?

IF: Made to order, fresh, innovative and good value


PQ: What’s the most important principle in cooking?

IF: Balance and uncomplicated flavours. Enhancing the natural flavours of food instead of covering them up.


PQ: One food you can’t live without?

IF: Steak.


PQ: One ingredient you can’t live without?

IF: Garlic.


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

IF: Tequila; there are so many great brands of tequila.   (Maybe that won’t remind you of high school.) For food, people should try more exotic meats.


PQ: One food you avoided as a child and now…?

IF: Vegetables, and I still avoid them.


PQ: Weirdest thing you’ve eaten?

IF: A live lobster.   The tail meat was sliced before me and served sashimi style. It’s eyes and feelers were still moving.


PQ: Most memorable meal you have ever served?

IF: Abalonie sashimi in Tofino. I think it was legal.


PQ: Most interesting environment you’ve ever worked in?

IF: In Australia I had to work in a costume at Bobby McGee’s. I was Sergeant Lorne Order.   My accent was perfect for the red serge. I got to work with Superman and Wonderwoman.


PQ: Greatest professional moment?

IF: Opening Pepe & Gringo’s with Richard.


PQ: Do you dream of opening your own restaurant again?

IF: I think I’m pretty content with one for the moment.


PQ: How would you describe what it is to be a restaurant owner?

IF: Nerve wracking, tense and unbelievably fulfilling when it works.


PQ: What brought you to Squamish?

IF: Affordability, opportunity and a lot of great people we knew here.


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

IF: Mountain Burger.


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

IF: My late father. He always drove me to work for myself and not to depend on others.


PQ: What would you advise anyone wanting to come into this industry?

IF: Sleeping pills.

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