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.
Six fabulous courses, each paired with an excellent wine, two superb chefs, and one amazing location. Tofino’s vibrant boat-to-table cuisine was on display at Wolf in the Fog restaurant’s recent wine pairing dinner featuring the cuisine of local chef Nicholas Nutting and Vancouver’s David Hawksworth. Their collaboration produced an all-seafood five course panoply paired with wonderful vintages from France, Luxembourg, Italy, Germany, and South Africa. Pastry chef Joel Ashmore supplied an etherial dessert to wrap up the evening’s festivities. All the seafood was very local and sustainably harvested. To top it all off service was flawless, professional yet personable in a very Tofino sort of way.