So here’s the question: how can you not be intrigued by a café that goes by the name of Twisted Dishes? It certainly piqued our interest, so we wandered in one teeming-rain afternoon for lunch.
Located on a side street in Comox, Twisted Dishes Café is a small, intimate space totally lacking in any sort of pretence. There is eclectic décor on the walls that ranges from modern art to vintage mailboxes and stained glass windows. The warmth and welcome envelopes you as you step through the door, and continues as you order at the counter near the back of the café.
We didn’t arrive until after the traditional lunch hour rush, but there were still customers lingering over their meals. There was absolutely no sense that staff members were anxious about tables needing to be turned, and we liked that – a lot.
After ordering we found a table near the front window, expecting to wait a bit for our meals. We had just settled down with the local paper when the food arrived – it couldn’t have been more than 7 or 8 minutes from the time we placed the order.
We had decided to split a PBLT – a traditional BLT with the flavourful addition of pesto. The sandwich was most definitely not your average BLT – the combination of pesto and a sublime ciabatta bun bundling all the ingredients together left us licking our lips.
We had each ordered a different soup. My mushroom soup with roasted sage, garlic and oregano looked a little on the less robust side, but the burst of fungi flavour that settled on my tongue was truly rapturous.
My husband ordered the curried yam soup with broccoli, zucchini and roasted bacon integrated in to it. Gorgeous colour and a starburst of flavours combined to entrance the eye and the palate. While I loved the mushroom soup I found myself, as I often do, envying my husband’s choice.
The day we visited was the first day of independent operation for new owner Dan Locust. He had previously worked in the café as the baker, and we have assurances that little, if anything, will change. Judging by the meal we enjoyed at Twisted Dishes this is a wise move – the past three years have seen the development of a devoted following and continuing with the popular breakfasts, innovative lunch menu and casual ambiance should ensure continued success.
Further information about Twisted Dishes Café can be found at the website:
Price rating: $$
Twisted Dishes is located at 146 Port Augusta Street, Comox
GPS co-ordinates are:
Lat. 49.672533 Long. -124.925929
N 49 40.352 W 124 55.556