For the month of May, Feast Tofino took place. Dave and I were lucky enough to get tickets to one of the evenings, at Kuma. Hiroshi and Miju Kawai from Basho Cafe took over Kuma for one night, which included a delicious four-course meal including sushi and Basho sweets. We were celebrating Dave's 'Birthday Week' so he opted for the selected sake pairings with each course, while I enjoyed hot green tea. After tasting the amazing dishes served up by Hiroshi and Miju Kawai, I can't wait to try Basho Cafe in Vancouver next time I'm visiting. Basho is a family run Japanese Cafe in Vancouver. Known for their creative confections, their cafe is meant for enjoying good food and company, something we definitely got a glimpse of at the Feast Tofino event.
Each course was carefully selected to give the customer a taste of something new and tantalizing. Although it was a four-course meal, it was more like a six-course meal because there were two courses with two separate parts to the course. The first course was an Oden Daikon with Yuzu Miso Glaze paired with a Chijimi Vegetable Pancake with Ponzu. While the daikon was crunchy and a unique texture, the sauce on top paired with the asparagus was unique and delicious and I wish their had been two! The vegetable pancake was equally scrumptious with a spicy ponzu sauce on the side to add another element to the dish. Next came the second course which was Braised Pork with Butter Lettuce and Fresh Vegetables. It was served in a bowl and before the server let us know we were to make our own lettuce wraps I thought it was just a salad with some pulled pork on the side. The lettuce wraps were just what we needed to cleanse our palette before the next course, which was easily my favourite aside from the dessert. For our third course we had Aburi Salmon Oshi Sushi, Spicy Scallop Roll and Tuna Sushi paired with a Mini Chirashi. The mini chirashi was like a deconstructed sushi roll in a bowl form. It was topped with a prawn, had edamame, ginger, lotus fruit, egg and nori sheets throughout and the rice had the best flavour imaginable. This was something I will always dream about eating until I have it again, it was that good. The sushi that came after the bowl was mouth watering. The salmon sushi was done so that the one side of the salmon was grilled and the other side was slightly raw, which reminded us of tuna tataki. Finally came the plate of Basho sweets, two mini miso brownies, two matcha profiteroles and one cheese mochi. I love anything matcha so that dessert was my favourite, while Dave's was the miso brownies which were so deliciously gooey.
I can't wait to go to Basho Cafe in Vancouver and to Feast Tofino next year when it's back! Check out Basho's Instagram to see their beautifully curated foods: @bashocafe