Warmland Eats - Go To Genoa Bay Cafe

When we find ourselves in the “Warm Land” aka the Cowichan Valley and our stomachs are saying that it is time to eat – we like Genoa Bay. This is a picture-perfect spot to enjoy some of the best food on Vancouver Island. Take the Trunk Road east from Duncan to Maple Bay, then turn right for 8 more clicks to tiny Genoa Bay. Leaving Maple Bay the road passes through bucolic farmland and is tucked under the steep treed slopes of Mt. Tzuhalem. The farms are dotted with huge chunks of rock that have obviously left their perch for greener pastures. The boats in the marina greet us as we round the last corner. At the top of the marina ramp is the Genoa Bay Cafe, a quaint, rustic looking, weathered clapboard structure at "Mile 0". The bistro style restaurant is perched at the water’s edge in a tranquil and picturesque setting. It seats 40 inside and another 30 on the deck hanging over the water.
Stacey Johnson the GM greeted us with a warm smile and escorted us to the best table where we enjoyed the view while waiting for our friends. On arrival they were greeted with hugs and handshakes from Gord Rumley the Manager. These friends introduced us to the Genoa Bay Cafe and they've been bringing guests there for a couple of years. It looked like old home week as they entered.

Stacey was our waiter and he outlined several specials of the day. We all chose dishes from the main menu, and Ron enjoyed a delicious starter of Seafood Chowder packed with a bounty of local seafood. While waiting for our meals we were treated to a plate of their signature Calamari, lightly battered, very tender and super tasty. Three of us opted for the excellent battered halibut Fish and Chips. The fries are hand-cut daily from fresh Kennebec potatoes, the very best for making fries. Linda thoroughly enjoyed her 2 Egg Breakfast and loved the maple glazed bacon. Neighbouring diners tucked into equally delicious looking food. Simple food using fresh local ingredients pleasingly presented and mouth watering leave customers happy and coming back. At the Genoa Bay Cafe you will always find top-notch cuisine served in a casual environment. You can also come by boat, but be sure to come. Otherwise you will never know what you are missing! Relax, unwind, enjoy and you will be back
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