Not your average pub food at Moby’s

Water view of Ganges Harbour from Moby's Pub on Salt Spring Island, British Columbia

The view from Moby’s Pub

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.

Chicken Waldorf salad sandwich at Moby's Pub on Salt Spring Island, British Columbia

The delicious and generous chicken Waldorf salad sandwich

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.

Albacore tuna bowl at Moby's Pub on Salt Spring Island, British Columbia

The SSI Albacore tuna bowl

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.

Exterior of Moby's Pub on Salt Spring Island, British Columbia

Located on the waterfront at the end of Ganges Harbour, Moby’s offers a casual maritime ambiance

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


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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