I recently moved to Tofino and have had breakfast and lunch at The Blue Room. I really liked the place so googled it to see what was said about it. I saw the comment above and felt I should put down my positive review for the record. Being a new business in a small town is challenging and the above just isn't accurate on the quality of the food or the place itself. I thought the portions were a good size, and the price was pretty good. I'm a bit of a coffee snob and I thought the coffee was great. I just had the drip, but it was nice and strong and hot. Both meals I have had there were really really good. The breakfast was big and better than most places and the wrap I had for lunch was nice and fresh and filling. I saw food on other tables around me and it looked really good too! Big portions, good visual appeal.
I personally didn't like the radio station playing b/c it there were a few songs that came on that aren't my style and not what I want to listen to when I eat (ie 80's style rock) but the place is quaint and clean and cozy otherwise.
So that's my 2 cents. I love small town diners and Ucluelet is lucky to have this one! I will eat there every time I am in town. I would recommend this place for sure.
Thanks for reading.
We came here during the September long weekend for a quick breakfast. Ucluelet is a small town and it doesn't appear to have very many places to grab breakfast, so when we saw this place, we felt like we lucked out.
The "bistro" is quite small, and when full, quite loud. It was difficult to hear each other. And because it's small, there was a distinct lack of tables, so we were seated at the "bar" area, which was jammed between the front door and the espresso machine (making it doubly hard to hear each other). We were told that it was that, or we would have to wait 20 minutes. Except that 5 minutes later, we saw two tables get up and leave. A little annoying, but overall not a big deal.
My boyfriend ordered a breakfast with "surf" in the name. Basically it consisted of eggs, bacon and pancakes. His order was slightly off - he ordered scrambled eggs, not the sunny side up - but aside from the small portion and odd-tasting bacon (likely that we're not used to the brand of bacon they use), his breakfast was fine.
I wasn't in a breakfast-y mood, and usually never am, but I was happy to see poutine on the menu. It's fries, gravy and cheese curds, and normally a pretty safe bet unless there's something wrong with the fries. I also decided to try to at least pretend to be eating something healthy-ish in the morning, so I ordered that with a Greek salad.
The minor quibbles we had with his breakfast certainly escalated into serious misgivings about mine. The fries in the poutine were fine, but the gravy was thin and weak, disproportionate to the rest of the dish (read: there wasn't enough to properly cover the fries and cheese curds), and lukewarm. When it's lukewarm, the cheese curds don't melt.
I guess I shouldn't complain about the cheese curds not melting though, because they certainly did not taste like cheese curds. More like mozza.
The Greek salad was a disappointment. It consisted of mostly peppers and onions, with a little bit of cucumber, tomato and olives. The portion was teeny tiny, looking as though it was exactly one dry cup's worth of salad, all wrapped in an absurdly large lettuce leaf for presentation. The dressing was okay, but it likely came from a bottle, as it had that bottle consistency.
I was still hungry after my meal, as I really didn't want to eat the rest of it, but there was coffee on the menu and I was tired. Generally speaking, coffee is pretty hard to mess up, and if you have an espresso machine in your restaurant it's assumed that there's at least one person who knows how to use it. So I ordered a mocha to go. There was about a 2 minute period where I was happy with the mocha - it was the time between receiving it, and tasting it in the car. The mocha was weak. I'm not even sure that there was actually coffee in it. The soy milk tasted thin (I drink soy because I am lactose intolerant - all soy milks I've tasted are quite rich) and the coffee and chocolate were non-existent. They weren't even flavours. If there was anything added to the soy milk, it was probably a shot of hot water, followed by a light sprinkling of cocoa.
By then I had had it with The Blue Room's "food" and threw out the "coffee" at the gas station. It was a spectacularly disappointing experience from start to finish and I would urge anyone considering it to go elsewhere.
Overall, our meal came up to about $45, excluding tip and HST.