Beautiful food in a beautiful setting. Can anyone ask for more?
Vancouver Island is blessed with a lot of restaurants with waterfront views, but sometimes the location outshines the food. So often we have been told of restaurants that offer great dining experiences, only to be disappointed. We can only assume that the folks who tell us about these places are overwhelmed by the beauty of their surroundings and forget that the whole point of being there is to enjoy an outstanding meal. It’s easy, too, I think, for some chefs and eatery owners to get a little lackadaisical when they have the advantage of prime waterfront. This is most definitely not the case at the Page Point Bistro near Ladysmith, where the varied menu offers diners splendid culinary adventures combined with a peaceful vantage point from which to take in the activity of a variety of wildlife.
Opened in July, 2010, the Page Point Bistro has gathered a loyal following. It offers a casual, friendly ambiance in both its very comfortable rustic indoor facilities, or outdoors on the patio – a great spot to linger on a warm summer evening. Service is efficient but unhurried, encouraging patrons to take their time over the mouth-watering food that arrives at their table.
Owners Robert and Sandy Wilkinson are striving to make Page Point a reasonably-priced venue that offers a warm, casual atmosphere and excellent food. Judging by our recent experience there, they are well on their way. The outdoor patio was packed during our early summer evening visit, while the indoors hosted at least one large family gathering, as well as many smaller groups.
The Wilkinsons are dedicated to supporting as many local suppliers as possible, and their seasonal menus and daily fresh sheets reflect that. On any given day you may find anything from house-made charcuterie to Island-raised chicken, wild halibut or Salt Spring Island mussels on offer. The innovative additions and side-dishes and the use of not-so-common herbs and spices makes dining at Page Point Bistro an adventure – always a delicious one.
The bistro’s menu isn’t huge, but what it lacks in size it more than compensates for in quality and interest. We enjoyed a luscious duck pate studded with pistachios as a starter, followed by a couple of main courses that could, in the wrong hands, have been pretty pedestrian. The crispy-skinned roast chicken arrived atop a tumble of gnocchi and fresh mushrooms, perched on locally-grown asparagus. The mushroom linguine also featured a generous measure of fresh mushrooms and arrived swimming in a flavourful olive oil/garlic sauce. Apple tatin with home-made vanilla ice-cream rounded out the meal on a delicious note.
It’s pretty easy to understand why the Page Point Bistro has become one of the Island’s favourite dining destinations. Its’ friendly atmosphere, great location perched on a rocky outcrop above a marina and dedication to flavourful slow food combine to keep folks coming back – us included! The bistro is open on a limited basis, so best to check its website before planning a meal there. Reservations are recommended.
Further information can be obtained by going to the bistro’s website at:
GPS co-ordinates are:
Lat. 49.01154201165001 Long. -123.8221406936645
N 49 00.693 W 123 49.328
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