Ucluelet’s Blue Room serves up fresh food and casual comfort

 

Blue room sign

‘Come hungry. GET STUFFED. Leave happy’ –  tag line of The Blue Room Bistro

The small fishing village of Ucluelet is full of pleasant surprises, not the least among them one of the best all-day breakfast joints on the Island. The Blue Room bills itself as a west coast bistro and to a great degree that description fits. It is a casual, comfortable place and the food is fresh, plentiful and reasonably priced.

We blew in to The Blue Room for breakfast on a sopping wet February morning and were quickly seated by our friendly waitress. Coffee arrived promptly and we spent a few minutes perusing the drool-inducing menu amidst the cheerful Saturday morning patter of a small, slow-paced village.

Smoked salmon Eggs Benny

Smoked salmon Eggs Benny

With our orders placed we had an opportunity to take in our surroundings – basically a large room (painted blue, of course) with big windows that offered 200-degree views of the harbour.  The décor is very simple, with clean lines and a lack of pretension dominating. Large windows ensure the place is bright, even on the dreariest of days. As I noted earlier, casual and comfortable.

It took a while for breakfast to arrive – the place filled up quickly shortly after we walked in the door. The wait for our meals wasn’t excessively long though, and we were happy to just relax and visit with our friends.

The Breakfast Scrambler can feature pretty much anything your heart desires

The Breakfast Scrambler can feature pretty much anything your heart desires

It turned out that the wait was worth it, as it usually is when food is being prepared fresh and ‘from scratch’. My husband had ordered the smoked salmon Eggs Benedict, which he proclaimed some of the best he had ever enjoyed.  They arrived with a generous serving of The Blue Room’s signature hash browns (no pre-frozen pulpy stuff here, you can rest assured!). My order of the ‘build your-own’ breakfast scrambler featured three eggs and fresh spinach and mushrooms, accompanied by lovely, dense multi-grain toast.

The Blue Room also serves lunch, which receives good reviews too. The lunch menu offers everything from the ubiquitous fish and chips to salads, wraps, sandwiches and burgers.  There is a kids menu as well, which features whale-shaped pancakes for breakfast.

Clean, simple lines, water views and a lot of blue are the hallmarks here

Clean, simple lines, water views and a lot of blue are the hallmarks here

During the warm weather months there is a pretty patio that offers sweeping views of the harbour. Which has me thinking that we have a perfect excuse to return to one of our very favourite communities and The Blue Room to enjoy the patio and try out the lunch menu.  It doesn’t get much happier than that.

            Further information on The Blue Room Bistro and its offerings can be found at the website:

http://www.theblueroombistro.com/Home.html

wheelchair-lThe Blue Room is located at 1627 Peninsula Road, on the main drag into the village

GPS co-ordinates are:

Lat. 48.94212482490295  Long. -125.54698062796183

N 48 56.527 W 125 32.819

 Price rating: $ – $$

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Shirley

About Shirley

More years ago than I like to remember, I completed the Journalism program at Vancouver Community College and launched straight into a career as a newspaper reporter (thanks to my journalism professor Nick Russell and an opening at the venerable daily Alberni Valley Times.) My work as a news reporter/feature writer/columnist and ultimately, newspaper and magazine editor, took me to many interesting places and introduced me to hundreds of interesting characters over the years. I loved every minute of it, but burnout caught up with me while I was trying to juggle the simultaneous editing of five trade magazines, and for 27 years I abandoned my keyboard (on a professional basis, at least) and followed my heart in a variety of other careers.
In 2010 I returned to the journalistic fold, thanks to the encouragement (nay – nagging!) of my husband. I feel no regret – only great joy to be back at the keyboard, and to be spending time interviewing interesting folks and discovering great places.

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