Wednesday just before noon, we set sail for Comox aboard the Salish Orca. I am glad that we have ways of naming our vessels other than Queen of this or that.
This class of ferry is run by natural gas with diesel backup which is maybe a tiny step forward for the environment. I assume that we are a few years away from full electric but that would be a worthy goal!
I was very excited about a fully plant based restaurant in Courtenay called Rawthentic! There was a little bit of conflicting info on the internet (big surprise) but Google assured us that it was open until 6 or whatever, so we rushed right over! Nope...closed...and not just for the day.
Fortunately, Courtenay offered us a very good back up plan.
Mudshark Coffee, just a short walk away from the former location of Rawthentic, offered an impressive menu of plant based menu items including mains, baked goods and smoothies!
We happily lined up in this busy place, placed our order and it was soon delivered to our table. We started with the Dal Soup, a concoction of lentils with mild Indian spices and recommended by our counter person. It was an excellent recommendation as the soup was rich and warming!
Not the first time that we have had vegan Chili but this was quite good. Again, a good choice for a cool day.
The most unique item on the vegan menu was the carrot lox. We've experienced the carrot to salmon thing before and this was not bad. It was served on a bagel with vegan cream cheese and a crunchy side salad. Very nice.
There was more veggie chili with our Mexican Bowl. Served with Basmati rice and all the stuff you'd expect for a Mexican bowl, it was also decent.
This was really a nice community kind of place and we were happy to find it. Service was cheerful and our food arrived pretty quickly. After fueling up, we pushed on to Nanaimo.
Food 4 out of 5
Vegan options 4 out of 5
Comfort 4 out of 5
Service 4 out of 5
Value 4 out of 5
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