Delicious roasted flat breads a specialty featuring exotic toppings such as house made duck confit, candied pecans, onion marmalade, pickled shallots, etc. Entree choices average about $26 but many smaller plates (example $16 Wagyu beef burger) available too. Exotic bar menu along with carefully selected wine offerings, old and new worlds. Many of BC's best wines available.
On Saturday, this place was busy, and had their patio available due to the nice weather. I was greeted by a busy server, and made myself comfortable to read over the menu. I ordered their French Toast and coffee. and found the coffee to be excellent. When my french toast arrived, I got 4 thick slices of french toast with fruit and it was definately good. My brunch was really good, and noticed the servers were busy and running aound.
I will have to try it for lunch, good experience.
Dining here over the years has been mostly fine. During our latest visit, it wasn't fine, it was memorable. Every dish commanded attention. Chef Jason Harris joined Beachside Forno about a year ago and has succeeded in elevating simple dishes by adding complex finishes.
An example was the chilled fresh pea soup with a small centrepiece: a butter flaked crouton topped with smoked ham and creme fraiche. My entree was poached chicken ballotine, not itself a simple dish but a melange of barely cooked fresh vegetables and light saucing kept it from being decadent. Dining partner, who usiually thinks BBQ should be served to moonshiners, loved the ribs and sides. One was a cauliflower potato salad with creamy dressing with tiny sparks of candied bacon; the other a fresh coleslaw flavoured with fennel seeds.
One of our young guests raved about the Beef Bavette, a full flavoured skirt steak that is under-appreciated because is not readily available. The other enjoyed the Wagyu beef burger even though she had them hold the trim, being the caramelized onions, crisp pancetta and white cheddar. Something about enjoying the meat, I think. I haven't even mentioned the house baked flatbreads, specialties that you will re-order.
With knowledgeable and prompt service, the evening was quite perfect. Excellent entrees, creative desserts, fine coffee and a bottle of Joie Noble Blend, an irresistible mixing of Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Auxerrois and Schoenberger. Finally, a BC wine that is a really fine beverage and a reasonable value.
Always wanted to give this place a shot - I did last Monday, amazing service and detailed explanation of the menu. THE FOOD? .. I needed 2 pairs of glasses to find it on the huge plate that took most of my seating area!!!! I am not a big eater either but hate to find 4 pieces of green beans with a few slices of fried mushrooms sitting next to a piece of fish that was close to be sliding off the plate and non existence!!! same was for other orders at our table!!! the steak was full of fat, the pizza was the only good thing - bread and butter was not even available at the table!!