Last night we joined some friends for dinner at the QUALICUM BEACH INN. it was our second time for dinner here. The hotel was totally renovated a couple of years ago and the result is very nice space. A bonus in the summer would be dining outside to enjoy the water view, But in November inside is the only option.
The dining room was very busy last night, capacity I would say. As a result we found it very noisy. No quiet tables here .
The menu is broad and there is always a Specials Sheet. My favourite girl opted for a scallop appetizer and a spicy Chicken Entree. I chose Moules Frittes, Saltspring Island mussels and Kenebeck fries. The fries were outstanding but the mussels were small and not hot enough. Because the place was so busy I suspect the mussels languished in the kitchen for too long before they made their way to the table. Very good though and served with a spicy aioli. We shared a chocolaty Creme Brûlée which was OK. I prefer a transitional Brûlée. Two of our friends enjoyed Ribs and the other entrees included a seafood pasta dish.
Service was good and our waiter was very charming and knew his stuff. The wine list is extensive and we chose an Arborlea Pinot Grigio from Duncan. It was delicious but at $35 was the cheapest white available.
The Qualicum Beach Inn is a nice place to dine but for the money I would choose BISTRO 694 in Qualicum Beach every time.