“Japaribbean.” That’s how the owners of Lion’s Den Cafe describe their menu, a fusion of Japanese and Caribbean (mainly Jamaican) cuisines by the two owners Junko Tanabe and Ken Brooks. What you need to know is the vibes are so welcoming (the cafe’s name used to be “One Love.” Very irie.) and its hot-sweet-savory jerk chicken is so loved.

The menu is in conversation, melding cuisines effortlessly like a bowl of rice and beans.

Alongside authentic dishes representing two cultures with nearly 8,000 miles between them: Ackee salt fish, curry chicken, oxtail stew, teriyaki chicken, Jamaican patties. Back and forth, the menu is in conversation, melding cuisines effortlessly like a bowl of rice and beans.

Where to Picnic ⎸Nearby at relaxing Robson Park