Wolf Howls in Tofino

Wolf in the Fog opened its doors in the Vancouver Island coastal town of Tofino June 26, but you’ll hear this cub howling as far away as Vancouver and Seattle as it sets out to put a unique paw print on West Coast cooking.

Led by Chef Nick Nutting, formerly Executive Chef at The Pointe, the signature restaurant at Tofino’s Wickaninnish Inn, has created an opening menu focusing on fresh, wild food that pays homage to Tofino’s fishermen and foragers.

The 150-seat restaurant features a 14-ft fir communal table and a patio with an ocean view. On the ground floor, the Den is open for fresh sandwiches, hand-made artisan breads and pastries.

“Wolf in the Fog was born out of our love of fishing in the oceans and foraging in the forests of our backyard,” says Nutting. “Ingredients come first. We know and respect where everything has come from and we honour the produce enough to let it speak for itself.”

Wolf in the Fog’s team includes business manager Andre McGillivray – a veteran of the Vancouver restaurant scene and front of house manager, “wine guy” and avid surfer Jorge Barandiaran.

Bar Manager Hailey Pasemko’s cocktail program features home grown and foraged ingredients such as native berries, while the taps feature a custom selection of craft beers from Tofino Brewing Co. and other local breweries.

The restaurant’s design features artisan touches in everything from custom carved wooden beer tap handles to bespoke metalwork created by local craftsmen. Larger art pieces reflect Tofino’s dramatic spirit from a driftwood wolf by Guthrie Gloag, to a broken surfboard sculpture by local artist Tammy Shymko and a charcoal wave drawing by New York artist Robert Longo.

Check this video by Vancouver filmmaker Tim Lawrence to get the full effect.

Photo Credit: 
Tim Lawrence