Kung Pow! is a nice place to eat with friendly and attentive staff. Most of the food was well executed with some outstanding dishes including the house-made wontons in Sichuan chili oil, the fried fish balls, and many of the vegan offerings. However, the over-sized pot stickers, too much cabbage stuffing in the spring rolls, sorry mu she pancakes, and an inferior choice for the steak makes it difficult to rate this establishment above average. If you’re looking for some decent Chinese food in NW Portland, though, you could do worse than give these folks a try.
In a foodie town brimming with restaurants, The Fish Store and Oyster Bar is a standout. Located near Tofino’s docks, this establishment owns sole distribution rights to Clayoquot Sound oysters and supplies all the other local restaurants. This arrangement guarantees fresh oysters in all of Tofino’s restaurants, but none are fresher than at The Fish Store where they can be eaten only ten minutes distance by boat from their long line deep water fisheries. Whether you eat it there or take it away, the seafood at The Fish Store and Oyster Bar is exemplary in a town where local, fresh, and sustainable maritime sustenance is de rigueur.
Shelter is a typical Tofino restaurant; upscale rustic setting, way nice wait staff, and good food. Warm chevre salad composed of braised greens, Okanagan goat cheese, double smoked bacon, caramelized onion, roasted garlic, and apple cider vinaigrette was the best dish of the evening.