Best Resort Dining

May 1, 2011

Wickaninnish Inn

500 Osprey Lane
Chesterman Beach
Tofino, 250-725-3100

Cuisine that evokes oohs and ahs in the dim glow of a fine-dining room can seem overwrought in the harsh light of the breakfast buffet. Kudos, then, to places like the Wickaninnish Inn (Gold), where chef Nicholas Nutting delivers just the right amount of fireworks, be it a perfectly marinated octopus salad with chickpeas or jumbo-flake oatmeal with organic sugar. At Silver-winning Black Rock Resort (596 Marine Dr., Ucluelet, 250-726-4800. it's no surprise chef Andrew Springett achieves the same consistency-he helmed the Wickaninnish dining room for several years. Meanwhile, in the Okanagan, the new Wine Bar at Watermark Resort (15 Park Pl., Osoyoos, 250-495-5500. scored Bronze for catering to visitors as keen on the food as they are on the wine. (Natasha Schooten's legendary meatloaf—with pork, sirloin, and fresh herbs—is the very definition of elevated comfort food.)


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