Our talented team of incredible chefs create a culinary experience that leaves guests so much more than satisfied. From the hardcore foodies to the pickiest of eaters, our team, led by Executive Chef Takashi Ito, works hard to ensure that every meal served at the Inn is lick-your-plate-clean good.
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.
Dining at the Inn
Our dining room is open from 7am until 9pm for all of your breakfast, happy hour, dinner, and dessert desires. Classic dishes served with Pacific Rim-inspired twists will delight the senses before a bite even enters your mouth. And then… wait for it… Welcome to flavourtown!
It’s (arguably) the most important meal of the day. Between 7:00am and 11:00am, the dining room serves dishes that’ll give you the energy you need to brave whatever yours brings.
Start off with a cup of organic fair trade coffee, a fresh-squeezed juice, or a lovely locally blended Silk Road tea. Be surprised by the sesame ginger kale salad accompanying the quintessential options of Eggs Benny, build-your-own omelet, or our very own Point Breakfast. Enjoy a lighter meal with a classic continental spread, avo-toast, or vegetarian bowl. Or fancy it up with some steak and eggs or French toast with whipped vanilla and matcha cream cheese, topped with strawberries and, of course, maple syrup. Even the usually humble porridge will blow you away, thanks to the accompanying stone fruit compote, pistachio praline, and vanilla mascarpone. (We mentioned twists, didn’t we?)
And if you haven’t mustered up the courage to get out of bed yet, that’s okay too! Our Inn-room dining services mean a friendly staff member will deliver meals right to the comfort castle of your suite. (For our night owls or more morning-averse guests, booking a Bed & Breakfast package from the get-go will have you resting easy knowing the breakfast you spent the night dreaming about will be waiting for you once you open up those sleepy eyes.)
Our happy hour (and a half!) runs from 4:00pm to 5:30pm every day and features dishes that will leave you smiling like you mean it. Fresh BC oysters, root vegetable chips made Inn-house, and a delicious cheese selection are just some of the options to pair with a well-deserved glass of afternoon vino.
From 5:30pm to 9:00pm, guests can enjoy a sit-down dinner at the Inn. With an ever-changing menu featuring fresh ingredients that are locally sourced and ethically harvested whenever possible, we look forward to seeing your secret happy food dance as your plate approaches.
Start off the main event with a small plate of salmon poke, fresh BC oysters, or a Canadian cheese selection. Get your greens in with one of our salads or enjoy a nice bowl of our soup du jour. And then pick from a variety of enticing entrees that will leave you debating whether or not to book an extra night just so you can order your next-favourite option for dinner tomorrow.
From wild BC salmon and classic fish & chips to oven-roasted chicken breast or a burger topped with house-cured bacon, we’ve got all of the usual bases covered. But for the more sophisticated diner, we also offer a vegetarian gnocchi, a beef bavette steak, or a linguine carbonara with scallops and double-smoked bacon. (Yes, you can smoke bacon twice and yes, it is double the deliciousness – don’t say we didn’t warn you.)
Always made fresh and ready to devour, our dessert options will be just what you need to make any meal complete.
Made Inn-house by our very talented Pastry Chef, Kimberley Vy, our dessert options are to die for. We’ve got your strawberry and white chocolate cheesecake and your chocolate layer cake (shout out to the peanut butter frosting!). And, talk about a throwback, we’ve also got your warm milk and cookies, just like mom used to make. Our Inn-made vanilla or chocolate ice cream is always a nice treat, or spoil your sweet tooth with a fresh fruit or cheese plate instead.
For the kiddos
If you’re travelling with the little munchkins, we know feeding time can turn into a real frenzy. For our wee guests aged 11 and under, we’ve got special kid-friendly menus for breakfast and dinner. (Bonus activity sheet and milk or juice included!)
From dawn to dusk, the Inn’s dining room has lots of options for every guest, regardless of age, dietary restrictions, or particular flavour palate. Come down (or dine Inn-room) and enjoy a real yummy-in-your-tummy culinary experience!