The abundant Comox valley does not let down, especially with this bistro.
I took my parents and partner there for Father's Day and was blown away. On first inspection, the menu doesn't offer anything extraordinary, the delivery will do away with those expectations.
We started with a standard plate of mussels to share in a, as described, "Belgian style" sauce consisting of white wine, cream and leeks. Very well balanced. We also split the tiger prawns prepared in a surprisingly subtle jalapeno aioli.
Then the mains: my girl went with the seared Ahi Tuna, a standard for her. It was beautiful. One of the best cuts either of us had tasted. She'd asked the server to ask the chef to decide on the sauce and he chose a lovely lemon caper beurre blanc which was, again, very well balanced and complemented the fish nicely. The tomato risotto served as the side was stunning - easily the creamiest risotto I've ever tried and full of flavour. My father had a lovely piece of snapper served with the same. Mom went with a curried fettuccine, which I did not try, unfortunately, but she said she quite enjoyed it. I had one of the most buttery, in texture, pieces of beef tenderloin I've had the pleasure of eating with a blue cheese butter I'd love to approximate at home. The desserts were also outstanding - creme brulee, strawberry tart, and a chocolate mousse.
While this seems like standard fare, I assure you, it's anything but. Absolutely perfectly prepared food is, in fact, a rarity and the quality of ingredients served here, and at very reasonable prices, is far rarer. My only quibble is a rather pedestrian wine list, but there are a few gems on it.
Oh yeah, the patio overlooks the harbour and mountains a few hundred paces from the dock.
Martine's Bistro In Comox
1754 Beaufort Ave, Comox, BC V9M1R6, CA