1441 Pacific Rim Highway
Tofino, BC V0R 2Z0
Long Beach Lodge Resort
We've stayed at the Long Beach Lodge twice now. The Lodge itself is incredible. Beautiful views from the deluxe beachfront room. The bed and pillows are divine. Spacious bathroom with a view to the ocean although the shower stall is awkward and small. The only complaint is being woken up at 6AM because a neighbour is showering and it's so loud it's as if they're showering in our room. Otherwise, truly wonderful and the reason for the four-star rating.
The cuisine, unfortunately, is mediocre at best. The high prices lead one to believe that you're in for a culinary adventure. There was no adventure here. We've sampled the continental breakfast which is the same old, same old every day and gets a bit boring for a five day stay. We've ordered off the menu at breakfast and while the poached eggs were nicely done, the bacon was overcooked and the potatos were saturated and soggy. The dinners we've had in the Great Room have been the priciest on each of our trips but certainly not the best tasting and have left us disappointed. While the ambience of the room itself is unmatched, the food does not keep up. We had the beet salad with chèvre and it was odd. The balsamic reduction was overpowering and did not compliment the beets nor the chèvre. Something lighter would have been more suitable and there needs to be another element added to really round it out. For an entree, I had the pappardelle with mushrooms in a thyme cream sauce. While the pasta, itself, was good, the thyme cream sauce had no discernible thyme flavour. With a broad noodle such as pappardelle, you need something that can power up the flavour. It was a bland and boring dish. The last time we were here, I had the tuna and scallops which were also bland and unmemorable. The sushi we sampled last time was also unremarkable. We have yet to be dazzled by anything we've tried and feel a bit ripped off when we get the bill.
There are some fantastic establishments in town that provide menus with more reasonable prices and deliver on the wow factor. The Spotted Bear makes an incredible beet and chèvre salad with roasted pumpkin seeds. They also make an outstanding duck entree. I'm not a duck person but I ordered this and could have eaten it every night we were here. They are very well known for their lamb shepard's pie and my partner thoroughly enjoyed it. We return to the Spotted Bear every year and are always dazzled. And you must try their Caesar (the drink) with horseradish. Ding!!!! Sobo is a must. We quite enjoyed the shrimp cakes, killer fish taco and a pizza with duck confit and blue cheese. So good was it for lunch, we returned for dinner the same day! Another place we enjoyed dinner was at Shelter. A livelier atmosphere and the food here was nicely done, lower priced and still better tasting than at Long Beach Lodge.
I think from here on out, we'll be not spending our culinary dollars at the Lodge although we will likely stay here again because the room is outstanding. We're content to have afternoon drinks in the Great Room and admire the view but we'll venture away from the Lodge in search of the foodie wow factor.
PS Vincente's Cafe and Tacofino are highly recommended for lunches.