Comox’s Twisted Dishes Cafe

Exterior sign of Twisted Dishes Cafe, Comox, Vancouver Island, British ColumbiaSo 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.

Curried yam soup at Twisted Dishes Cafe in Comox, Vancouver Island, British Columbia

Curried yam soup and a pesto BLT sandwich

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.

Twisted Dishes Cafe owner Dan Locust, Comox, Vancouver Island, British Columbia

New café owner Dan Locust, hard at work in the kitchen

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.

Interior of Twisted Dishes Cafe, Comox. Vancouver Island, British Columbia

Interior view of the café, which seems to appeal to all age groups

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.

Mushroom sage soup and pest BLT sandwich at Twisted Dishes Cafe, Comox, Vancouver Island, British Columbia

Mushroom sage soup and Pesto BLT sandwich

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


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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