Two of Vancouver Island's Best Restaurants are in Sooke

by Vancouver Magazine

Best of Vancouver Island: Sooke Harbour House

CATEGORY WINNERS:

Sooke Harbour House
1528 Whiffen Spit
Sooke
250-642-3421

Sobo
311 Neill St.
Tofino
250-725-2341

Pointe at
the Wickaninnish Inn
500 Osprey Lane
Tofino
250-725-3100

The Wesley Street
1–321 Wesley St.
Nanaimo
250-753-6057

Marcus’ Wharfside
1831 Maple Ave. South
Sooke
250-642-3596


Sooke Harbour House (Gold) offers tours of its wine cellar before the dinner hour. And chef Edward Tuson, ais one judge, “cooks as if channelling from another plane.” Polished service complements creative and thoughtful meals.

Sobo (Silver) features Southwestern flavours and West Coast ingredients corralled by chef Lisa Ahier. Try the smoky and wintry seafood chowder. Ahier’s husband Artie works the front of the house with “smooth expertise and superb wine knowledge.”

The Pointe at the Wickaninnish Inn (Bronze) is an elevated room supplied with elevated cuisine. “The cooking is accomplished,” says a judge, “from crisp sweetbreads with a foie gras torchon to simple steamed crabs.”

The Wesley Street (Honourable Mention) is comfortable but confident: “Refreshingly free of that West Coast anonymity where everyone seems to have the same menu.”

At out-of-the-way gem Marcus’ Wharfside (Honourable Mention) “the cooking is consistent, restrained, cleverly blending Mediterranean flavours with local touches, Mexican caliente, and German comfort foods. The foragers drop by with trumpet mushrooms, the crab is off the dock, and much is gleaned from Marcus and his wife Tatum’s garden on the grounds.”

 


 

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