Ocean 7 – Courtenay, BC

On the second evening of our adventures, we gussied up a bit and joined the darling Neil and Jayne to meet the delightful Craig and Diane at the Kingfisher Oceanside Resort and Spa for a celebratory dinner for birthdays, an anniversary, and the sheer joy of getting to hang out with cool people.

Kingfisher is a beautiful location, with a view of the water, and nearby Comox. We headed to the dining room Ocean 7. This is a white tablecloth kinda place do don’t bust out your jeans and a ballcap for dinner, although there was one gentleman with a very, very loud Hawaiian-style shirt, so you do you.

This is where I had my first oysters of the trip. Damn I love oysters. Ate them smoked like they were going out of style as a kid, but these days I’m very refined and prefer them raw. There was a bit of an oyster scare on the island awhile back but that didn’t stop this gastrophile.

First, cocktails. Obvs. I had a pisco sour, which was indeed, sour, but in a good way. Also this one had a great egg froth and I would definitely try this elsewhere. Siddall had the Pink Lady (vanilla vodka, Giffard Creme de Rose, lavender syrup, lemon juice and egg white). The Pink Lady always holds a special place in my heart as it was a favourite of my great-grandmother who lived to be 100 (must of been the Pink Lady’s?)

At $18/half dozen, these “local oysters” were on the small side, but damn were they delicious. For some oysters are an acquired taste, but that fresh, briney wonder makes me see stars. No wonder they’re considered an aphrodisiac. The addition of the fresh horseradish, lemon and a wonderful cucumber champagne mignonette, were delightful.

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Hey, you tasty little fellas

I also tried the Caprese Salad with Heirloom tomato three ways, organic olive oil, Natural Pastures buffalo mozzarella, balsamic vinegar and basil ($15). This salad was hella fresh, the mozza flavourful and the presentation lovely. And although they were pretty, I could of done without the dried tomatoes on top.

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Siddall went with the Seared Sea Scallops and the way she polished them off, they were clearly a hit. I did get to try a bite, and they were tender, and flavourful. Always tricky with those little gaffers.

For dessert, the creme brulee with almond biscotti. The sugar sear on the brulee was awesome, as per usual, but the custard itself was a bit heavier than I like. The biscotti had a coconutty taste to it, and was light and pleasant.

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Disclaimer: Our lovely dinner dates footed the bill for this. Bless yo faces!

Atmosphere: 3.5
Service: 4.5
Food: 4

Kingfisher Oceanfront Resort & Spa Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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