The Lagoon Restaurant at the Painted Boat Resort & Spa is tucked in behind Madeira Park in Pender Harbour. Executive Chef Justin Yukoski (previously of Rockwater Resort) has assumed reign in the kitchen and is taking a focused long term look at making sure the restaurant is successful. His casual, elegant and minimal style heighten the flavours of the fresh ingredients used throughout his menu.
Guests have two menu options. The three-course dinner or a la carte. These three courses for $36 makes for an affordable dining experience with an excellent sampling of the restaurant’s full menu, boasting a delicious exhibit of locally sourced, fresh ingredients. Many of their options are gluten free or vegetarian friendly and they can accommodate vegan dishes when requested. The spring pea risotto is delicate and filled with fresh flavours. The country chicken with kale, grilled corn, roasted potatoes and tarragon, garlic jus is traditional and elegant. The salmon, mussels and prawns all bear the Ocean Wise symbol so while being delicious, they are also sustainable seafood options. The menu rounds out with a fennel, cherry tomato, seafood pappardelle pasta, herb crusted rack of lamb and beef striploin options providing enticing choices for all tastes. The kids menu consists of straightforward kid-friendly dishes like fried chicken, pasta and for the little connoisseurs grilled salmon which makes this a true family restaurant. A light hand makes for pleasing and not too sweet dessert options to enjoy while gazing out over the marina.
As spring turns into summer, we will see the menu change and expand. Chef Justin will include a fresh sheet to highlight limited, local, in season items. A happy hour menu offering small bites and drink specials will also be available. The Painted Boat Resort & Spa is one of the Gold Sponsors of this year’s Pender Harbour Blues Festival in June which will allow Chef Justin’s culinary team to demonstrate dining options with a “blues” theme.
Current operating hours have the restaurant open Wednesday to Sunday evenings from 5-9pm. Summer hours start June 25 with the restaurant adding one more day of service and only closing on Tuesday continuing through to September 3.
With a beautiful view, casual, elegant dining and an affordable price, The Lagoon Restaurant is sure to have a busy season ahead of them. For reservations call 604-883-2456.
– Natalie Findlay