The Inn at Tough City has got to be one of the most interesting places to visit in Tofino. Last week Dave and I went for a date night at their Sushi Bar before heading to a Monday night movie at the local theatre. When you walk into the restaurant you are surrounded by vintage toys wherever you look. The restaurant overlooks the Clayoquot Sound and if you're able to get a table on the patio if the weather is nice because the view is amazing. The restaurant serves top quality sushi using fresh fish from the waters around Tofino. The eclectic dining room houses artifacts from around the world, including vintage Japanese memorabilia, hand-crafter war-era model planes, comic books, rescued stain glass windows and wood beams from Vancouver's Old Town. The menu is both classic and modern, with unique sushi rolls inspired by the town of Tofino.
Dave and I both were very excited to eat some fresh sushi from a local spot. We ordered a Goma-ae salad to share, which is a spinach salad with a tahini sauce with sesames on top. After eating it quite quickly we realized we had forgotten to take a photo but trust me it was absolutely delicious. Next side we ordered was the Tuna Kara-age, which is a different take on the Japanese deep-fried chicken dish. In came with the perfect sweet teriyaki dipping sauce which made the perfect pairing. Once again we forgot to take a photo, whoops! Finally our three rolls came out. We went with the classic Yam Tempura Roll, the modern Tofino Roll and the High Tide Roll. The Yam Tempura Roll came with so much more than just yam tempura, it had spinach, shitake mushroom, avocado and yam on top (this was my favourite that we ordered.) The Tofino Roll was freshly cracked dungeness crab, salmon, prawn, avocado, tamago and tobiko and was a delicious taste of local seafood all rolled up together. Finally the High Tide Roll came with smoked tuna (something I had never tried before,) shrimp, avocado and tobiko, the smoked flavour of the tuna gave the roll a really unique flavour. Next time you're in Tofino definitely give Tough City Sushi a try, it will definitely be one of my go to restaurants in town from now on!