Best Resort Dining 2012
May 1, 2012
Silver: Sooke Harbour House | Bronze: King Pacific Lodge
The Pointe at the Wickaninnish Inn (Gold) has dominated this category for years. And while the dramatic clifftop location brings them in, it’s the staff’s fanatical attention to detail—perfect linens, phenomenal wine list, flawless service—that ensures it remains one of the premier resort dining destinations on the continent. As one judge put it, “It’s the restaurant I wish we had in Vancouver.” On the other hand, Silver winner Sooke Harbour House could only exist where it is, tethered to the famous garden that helped launch its worldwide reputation 30 years ago. These days the room is like an aging all-star—its joints are starting to ache, but it’s still prone to moments of life-affirming brilliance. Rounding out the list is the Native-influenced dishes with Japanese notes found at the remote King Pacific Lodge, whose exclusive clientele enjoy the finest floating cuisine in B.C.