We skipped Sobo last year on our stay in Tofino as the menu didn't really appeal to us. This year, we gave it a chance. Lucky for us! What were we thinking? Our recent lunch there was so inspiring, we returned for dinner that same night. For lunch, we started with the shrimp cakes. Wildly fresh, perfectly flavoured, great texture and served with a nice dipping sauce. They had our attention. For an entree, I ordered the duck confit pizza with blue cheese. Snaps in a circle on this creation. My partner had the killer fish taco and a bison taco. He was thrilled with both. Quite enjoyed the fruit salsa topping. While we lunched, there was a woman who did nothing but juice limes. Lime after lime after lime. We had to know and, as it turns out, they make fresh key lime margaritas of the 3 ounce variety (limit of 2...I'm not making this up). Sold!! We'll be back for dinner and made a reservation on the spot.
We arrived for dinner and immediately ordered a key lime margarita each. I can see why there's a two margarita minimum LOL. I remember wondering where I could get a sombrero after my first one. My dinner appetizer was the shrimp with cayenne tequila sauce, blue cheese and blue claire dipping sauce. I nearly wept it was so good. High five! My partner had the tuna spring roll with peanut sauce and we both thought it was excellent. For an entree, I had the linguine carbonara and while I thought it was good overall, I would have preferred that the parsley be left out to really bring out the creaminess of the egg, bacon and cheese. My partner had a salami pizza cause Sobo has got it going on with that wood stone oven. Even better, there were a few slices leftover for midnight snacking. Finished the meal with a slice of their key lime pie and there was no surprise at how well done it was. The whipped cream it was served with was top notch.
Treat yourself to a meal here when in Tofino. You won't be disappointed. Thanks to the entire Sobo team for the renewed inspiration and for two very memorable culinary adventures!
SoBo is my favourite restaurant on the island - and if it were on the mainland, it still would be.
Their fish and chicken tacos are to die for (really, to DIE for), filled with complementary flavours that are hard to describe. It's like a mouthful of every great taste you can imagine (from mangoes and rosemary to lavander and basil). They even make cilantro taste good (and I can't stand cilantro).
Their Ahi tuna is seared to perfection and their chowders and soups are hearty and absolutely scrumptious; (you can eat them with a fork.) The way they fuse spices and ingredients together is simply a product of the miraculous.
It's the best place to relish in the flavours of the *true* Westcoast cuisine.
I was introduced to SoBo back in the day when its location was in the Botanical Gardens. I must admit I preferred that location because it was in the midst of nature (which is why most people visit Tofino); however, the new location's floor-to-ceiling windows do the trick, too.
SoBo stands for "Sophisticated Bohemian", so after all, the new location is just as fitting, really.
(And the sea cucumber on the men's bathroom door is a testament to their undying bohemianism!)
I recommend going there for lunch - unless you're a wine-o!