Last summer I finally got chance to explore Tofino. I spent a couple of days enjoying the peace and quiet…and the food. There aren’t enough words to describe how beautiful it is. Here are a few photos. Aside from the spectacular scenery, there was also allergy safe food…
Schooner Cove: Star fish and anemones. Exploring the tidal pools.
Middle Beach: Catching the last bit of sun for the day.
Hiking in the rainforest with the banana slugs.
Wild Pacific Trail: Endless blue. View out to sea.
Now on to the food….
Miso soup and udon at Soba
Sobo – Dropped in for a late afternoon bite after exploring. I’ll keep it short. I had THE best miso soup. Ever. It was just delicious. I ordered udon noodles with my soup and it was perfect. There were no allergy issues at all with the miso soup. If you don’t have the opportunity to go all the way to Tofino to try it, the recipe is in the Sobo cookbook. Its actually pretty simple to make, and I was successful.
The rest of the Sobo lunch menu included sandwiches, salads, soups, wraps and a lot of other options. Since I wasn’t very hungry, I didn’t ask if any of the other items might have been allergy safe.
Mussels & Clams
Wolf in the Fog – A very famous place that people have been raving about. We managed to get a reservation for an early dinner, and it was already packed. The menu isn’t huge, but its very interesting. There were a lot of seafood of course. I found that inquiring about allergy issues was difficult. I felt that our Server didn’t seem to be paying attention. The place was SO busy, that they couldn’t or wouldn’t take the time to really listen.
Of the entire menu, only two options could be adjusted for dairy-egg-nut. So I chose those two options. The Bamfield seaweed salad (with daikon cubes, wild rice and shitake mushrooms), didn’t have any dairy-egg or nut. The other option was the mussels and clams in tomato broth. I don’t know if the mussels and clams are still on the menu. I would not dine here. if you have any issues with food allergies. It would probably be safer to go to Kuma Tofino or Sobo.
Kuma Tofino – Another winner. This was probably my favourite place we dined in Tofino. The food was just amazing. We had the chicken karaage, tuna tataki, veggie udon, and seaweed salad. The chicken karaage was unbelievably good. Perfect crispy skin, juicy meat. I’m craving it again, just thinking about it. I usually prefer my udon with some sort of meat, but this veggie udon was so tasty I didn’t miss the meat. It had tofu, green onions, shitake mushrooms, some ginger and a yummy broth. The tuna tataki was also a nice treat.
Delicious meal at Kuma Tofino
It was so good, that we went there twice on this trip. We ordered their take out rice bowls for dinner after a long day hiking in Ucluelet. And as expected it was delicious. Kuma Tofino offers a couple of take out rice bowl options. I tried the chicken karaage bowl. The only allergy adjustment they had to make was to exclude the spicy mayo.
Although I didn’t ask about all the items on their menu, most of them are likely adjustable for dairy-egg-nut allergies. There were some sesame seeds in the salad. If you’re in Tofino and want some Japanese food. This is the place! Kuma Tofino is not a sushi restaurant.
Tough City Sushi – Sushi in Tofino. Not completely unexpected to find a sushi restaurant in Tofino, but I honestly wasn’t expecting much, but was craving sushi. I ordered what I would usually order. Negitoro maki, salmon nigiri, toro nigiri, hotate (scallop), and ikura (salmon roe). Super fresh seafood without question. All of the sushi was very good. And I didn’t have to worry about allergies.
The Point at The Wickaninnish Inn – We decided that we wanted to checkout the famous hotel. Its probably the most well known hotel in the area for tourists. The breakfast menu here was the standard breakfast offerings. I had to have hashbrowns and bacon of course! I asked them about their breakfast potato options and the Server was awesome in making sure that they could accommodate my allergies. They included some fruit an grilled veggies to go with my bacon and hashbrowns. The hashbrowns were perfectly crispy an seasoned with shallots and a bit of spicy salt.
Black Rock Oceanside Resort – After exploring the Wild Pacific Trail, we were hungry. We couldn’t decide were to eat so ended up at the Black Rock Resort. Its a beautiful location, right on the seaside. The restaurant was pretty empty when we dined, because it was mid-afternoon. I had the steak frites. The only allergy adjustment that they had to make was the butter sauce that accompanied the steak. Other than that, the steak was done to a medium rare and the fries were crispy and hot.
At the end of the trip, I was a bit sad to leave Tofino. We didn’t have time to visit Mearse Island. I would have loved to hike the Big Tree Trail. Tofino is an amazing place. If you love nature and exploring amazing and spectacular places, you need to visit. On the food front. I loved just about all of the places we dined in Tofino. My allergy trifecta was not an issue (for the most part). I would love to go back to Tofino again. Its worth the ferry ride and the really LONG drive.