Last night old friends from the BC Interior arrived for an overnight visit and insisted that they take us out for dinner. So we decided to try the Beach House Cafe on the waterfront in Qualicum Beach.
This restaurant changed hands earlier this year and has been open under its reincarnation since August. The interior has had a very nice face lift and is quite inviting. It’s not big but in the summer it offers the addition of a lovely Oceanside patio.
The menu looked tempting, not extensive but good. We all opted for their special sheet which for $25 each offered the 3 course Grand Opening dinner. Soup or Salad, choice of 5 entrees and desert. The Tomato Soup was very tasty and quite spicy, which I like. Two of us chose the Lamb Shank, one the Seafood Fettucini, and one Steak.
The Lamb was excellent, accompanied by some select roasted vegetables and it was nicely presented. The Fettucini was served with a generous selection of seafood and was pronounced delicious. Mr. Beefsteak was a little disappointed as the steak was sirloin and not his favourite cut. We all chose the Creme Caramel for desert and it was both refreshing and delicious.
Unfortunately for the owners, the place was not busy, so for us that meant quick and attentive service. Ken, the waiter looked after us well and the owner, Simona, came by the table for a visit. She is a very charming lady, originally from Romania, some 25 years ago and her husband is the chef. We were treated to a complimentary after dinner drink, Port for the gentlemen, Dubbonet for the ladies. Simona wanted us to know that they are really keen to make the Beach House a local favourite and a real part of Qualicum Beach and not rely on the summer tourism. She has a wonderful attitude and we really enjoyed chatting with her.
The Beach House Cafe is open for lunch and dinner and they just started breakfast too. We enjoyed our evening and will go back soon to try their lunch offerings.
If you are in the area, this place is definitely worth a visit!