We spent the holidays over on Vancouver Island this year. There didn’t seem to be too many fine dining choices in the Comox Valley area, but it was recommended we go to Locals Restaurant in Courtenay, so for my official birthday dinner celebration with Hitman that’s where we went. They’re known for sourcing their food locally whenever they can (hence their name).
It had a very warm and inviting atmosphere. There was even a fully decorated Christmas tree at the entrance with stools for you to take pictures on.
However, some parts of the service left much to be desired. Read on to find out!
We were promptly seated as we had already made reservations. While we were looking through the menu we were offered an amuse bouche of Bison Tartare on Asian Salad. It was a bit tart, and I thought that covered any hint of gaminess the bison might have. The salad portion was an interpretation of an “Asian” slaw.
For the complimentary bread, it was multigrain bread from the local bakery Grains. Alongside was Locals Restaurant’s house-made chickpea spread. I wasn’t too fond of the spread as it was too bland for my liking. Hitman really enjoyed it though and he even tasted hints of cumin in it.