Food Philosophy

We believe in choosing local ingredients first, our menu changes depending on what’s available for the season. We might not have that same amazing dish from the spring when you stop by in the fall, but we’re certain that you’ll find something decadently delicious every time you visit.

Chef Ito with award medals

Meet Takashi Ito

Our Executive Chef who oversees all food served in the hotel including banquet cuisine, Inn-Room dining and of course AURA waterfront restaurant + patio.

“My culinary philosophy is to create a unique Pacific Rim inspired menu, while respecting the character of the food ingredients. Our menu is thoughtfully designed, innovative and original. Equally important is mentorship and collaboration. We strive to create a fun loving kitchen, with noise, laughter and some seriousness. I am a strong proponent of the Culinary Apprentice programs and love to see young colleagues push themselves to be the best they can be.”

Chef Takashi Ito releases a new menu seasonally to take advantage of the beautiful local ingredients available from Vancouver Island.

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