We were at “Kingfisher Resort and Spa” for dinner, here thanks to a handful of recommendations. But what sold it for us was the promise of the “best patio view” in Comox Valley. And I was not disappointed, especially as we got the table right by the water.
The restaurant sits behind the resort. Guests staying overnight only have to stroll across the courtyard for a night cap. As visiting diners, you walk through the entrance and the bar greets you. Past it is either their fine dining room on the left, or their cement block patio on the right. On the patio, golf umbrellas offer shade for clustered tables. In the distance, a boat sails on calm waters, a bald eagle soars over head, and snow cap mountains offer much to take in on this warm night.
But what set them apart for me, was the cat that has made this property her home. She roamed freely and rested where she liked. Today it was the lounging on the concrete, amongst the diners. And taking a peak in the kitchen, only to be lured back out with cat treats.
As for the actual dinner, I started with their “Fizzle my swizzle” cocktail, enticed by my curiosity over cachaca. “Cachaca” is a distilled spirit made from fermented sugarcane juice. The result, a tropical punch with fig reduction, coconut, lime, and orange. A very tropical drink, like a pina colada. Good, but I didn’t taste any of the promised fig, which would have elevated this to more than just an island punch.
To eat, I ordered the “Marinated Yellowfin Tuna Tacos”, after a strong suggestion from our server. A white corn tortilla filled with avocado, marinated cabbage, black and white sesame, scallion, and a chilli vinaigrette. The tuna was absolutely the best part of this meal, but there was not enough of it. A small chunk of tuna with every bite, but not enough to taste it past the generous amount of julienne vegetables; with the combined texture of coarse slaw. Red cabbage, nappa cabbage, red and yellow peppers, chives, carrot, and guacamole with spice. Be warned this is quick to fall apart, but I was quicker to grab a fork and eat it like a salad.
With them, you get the choice of sides between the pommes frites or organic green salad. I upgraded them to the “Aqua Pommes Frites” seasoned with rosemary, Grana Padano, and truffle aioli. There was plenty of truffle, so rich that I wanted some ketchup to cut the taste, and offer with it a refreshing tang. Although the fries were already pretty salty and the truffle’s oily and buttery nature was hard to mask when in excess.
My partner got the “Bistro Burger” with ground chuck, smoked cheddar, honey cured bacon, roasted garlic aioli, and grainy mustard; all between a pretzel bun. This too comes with your choice of pommes frites or organic green salad. He got the former. The menu didn’t list pickle being in the burger, so he was upset that it “contaminated” his dinner. He removed it and the two slices of tomato. But I found the density of the juicy patty and the heavy pretzel dough in need of those vegetables for freshness and balance, like the sweet cherry tomato.
Would I come back? – Yes.
Would I line up for it? – Yes.
Would I recommend it? – Yes.
Would I suggest this to someone visiting from out of town? – Yes.
Overall a good enough meal, but what you will remember is the view, and the reason I will return is for this view. But next time around I will be visiting their fine dining property. It too has the same view, but just behind glass.
Don’t deny your cravings.
330 Island Hwy S, Courtenay BC, V9N 9R9