As the winner of our Most Awesome Award for travel in 2014 (HERE), Tofino is a destination we’ve more than introduced you to the awesomeness of. Not only is it a wonderful place to explore and to relax but they’ve got some of the best food in British Columbia due to 2 key factors: the first that they’re able to attract incredible talent and the second is since it’s not exactly easy to get outside ingredients to the edge of the world they tend to use as many local ones as possible. This means freshness, and it means seafood, and it’s a big part of what draws me onto the Duke Point ferry every few months.
For my most recent trip there with my small family I decided to expose 5 of the best dishes from a range of different spots. Some of them required reservations, some we simply dropped in on, and at all of them I asked for them to serve me either their most popular seafood dish or their chef’s favourite. As there’s no seafood variety I dislike, this proved to be the winning formula for tracking down the best ones!
Seafood Chowder at The Fish Store and Oyster Bar
This recently-opened spot in a new building adjacent to the water has a bit of a leg up when it comes to ingredients; their owner also has a hand in a local fish processing plant, promising only the freshest stock with which to make their meals. Up until this trip my favourite seafood chowder was Ned Bell’s at Yew Seafood + Bar in Vancouver but upon my return I had to break it to Ned that this one is my new favourite. Partly due to the insane amount of seafood, and that freshness just takes it completely over the top. This is bar-none the best thing I ate on my trip, and I’ll be back for more when I return!
– Visit fb.com/fishstoreandoysterbar
Charred Sturgeon at The Pointe Restaurant
If you’re planning to go for one high end meal when you’re in Tofino, The Pointe at the Wickaninnish Inn is your spot. This sturgeon – which came from a sustainable, closed containment farm on the Sunshine Coast – was a part of a rotating tasting menu and isn’t regularly available, but ask for it if you’re there. If it’s not on the arctic char will be, and that dish is also worthy of recommendation.
– Visit wickinn.com/pointe-restaurant