It’s no secret that Tofino is home to an incredible food scene, from the award-winning Pointe at the Wickaninnish Inn and vibrant Sobo, to local institution/food truck, Tacofino (their crispy fish tacos are a must). During a recent stay at Chesterman Beach, we were utterly charmed by Wolf in the Fog, Chef Nicholas Nutting’s ode to inventive and approachable West Coast fare. The Victoria-raised chef is dedicated to sourcing the very best seafood, meat and produce from regional fishermen, farmers and growers, along with locally foraged mushrooms and seaweed. Located in ‘downtown’ Tofino, Wolf in the Fog boasts a hip vibe that draws and equally hip crowd.

Into the Fog

Upstairs, guests gather around communal tables over punch bowls and expertly executed share plates such as the Block Party (complete with fried chicken and ribs) and the Spanish Picnic (brimming with seafood and romesco sauce); downstairs in ‘the den,’ guests saddle up to the bar for artisan sandwiches (think Spot Prawn Bahn Mi and Smoked Tofino Brisket). A must-try dish? The Bamfield Seaweed Salad with shitakes, wild rice and daikon (pictured above). ‘Sleek surf lodge’ characterizes the decor, thanks to high ceilings, exposed wood beams, stunning cedar light fixtures, vintage dishes, a surfboard installation, a glowing bar and a lounge section equipped with luxe sofas and low tables. Après surf, anyone?