We had to do a little island-hopping in the southern Gulf Islands recently and found ourselves on Salt Spring Island at lunch time. It is the largest of the southern islands and the most settled, with plenty of dining options from north end to southern terminus. The village of Ganges was teeming with activity and offered a plethora of eateries, but we ended up at Moby’s Pub, located a little bit away from the hustle and bustle of the village.
Generally speaking we are not big fans of most pub culinary offerings, but Moby’s had come highly recommended by a fellow lover of good food (my brother), so we opted to give it a try. Other experiences on Salt Spring had been less than stellar despite high ratings on travel sites so we weren’t feeling overly enthusiastic about any recommendations from those quarters.
It was a steaming hot day, so we asked for a seat on the patio, which offers pretty views of Ganges harbour and all the activity that goes on there. Moby’s is located just a couple of minutes drive from the village – close enough to be convenient, but far enough away to be peaceful.
Service was quick, efficient and friendly. We were delighted to find the menu contained a lot of ‘not your average pub food’. Bacon broccoli mac and cheese, a spicy tofu noodle bowl, gluten-free options, truffle aioli, warm Korean beef salad – 10 minutes considering the varied options had our mouths watering and our tummies rumbling.
I settled on the daily special sandwich, a generous chicken Waldorf salad creation tumbling out of a beautiful, fresh and ‘bready’ ciabatta bun. It arrived with a generous serving of hand-cut fries and was more than enough to satisfy.
My husband ordered the SSI Albacore Tuna Bowl – a beautifully presented combination of sashimi grade B.C. albacore tuna, cucumbers, bean sprout kimchi, avocado, green onion, nori, sesame seeds, wasabi aioli and sriracha. The flavour combinations were sublime, transcending any expectations anyone could ever harbour when it comes to ‘pub food.’ The dish would have fit quite admirably on any high-end restaurant menu.
Although Moby’s seems to have a lot going on, most of the time – many special activities dominate their website – it will, hands down, be the food that takes us back there. What a great and delightful surprise to find this caliber of culinary creativity in a pub setting.
Further information on Moby’s Pub can be found at the website:
Price rating: $$
Moby’s Pub is located at 124A Upper Ganges Road, Ganges, Salt Spring Island
GPS co-ordinates are:
Lat. 48.859201 Long. -123.501084
N 48 51.552 -123.501084