Smoke ‘N Water: Grilled Food, Live Music and Craft Beer
Located in the stunning Pacific Shores Resort & Spa, Smoke ‘N Water is the home of live music in Parksville, British Columbia and overlooks breathtaking Craig Bay. Offering mouth-watering flame-grilled dishes like Smoked Baby Back Ribs and Southern Fried Chicken, as well as delicious fresh seafood including Pacific Salmon and Craig Bay Cod ‘N Chips, Smoke ‘N Water aims to satisfy every comfort food craving.
Home to a Wood Stone forno pizza oven that can hold up to eight pizzas at a time, Smoke ‘N Water has a tasty meal for everyone to indulge in. It works on natural gas fired at 565 degrees. The restaurant also has a wood-fired grill that includes a rotisserie oven and burns wood logs that creates a 100% natural smoked flavour.
Other tasty dishes you can see on the menu includes Seafood Chowder, Southern Seared Scallops, Portabella Burgers and Smoken’ Clubhouse Sandwiches.
(Above: Pan-seared salmon fillet with basil crushed potatoes, asparagus, and confit cherry tomatoes. Finished off with a pineapple vinaigrette and crispy Tabasco fried red onions.)
The restaurant is also proud to offer the best craft beer selection on central Vancouver Island, including Steamworks Jasmine IPA, Vancouver Island Brewery’s Blackberry Saison, and Mill St. Organic Lager. There is also a nice selection of ciders, wine and bottled beer.
When it comes to dessert, there are many sinful treats on the menu that offer a sweet end to your experience at Smoke ‘N Water. This fun and lively establishment provides live music during the week, as well as wing nights, paint nights, Wine Down Wednesdays and Ladies Nights. The restaurant also hosts weddings, private functions, and banquets in a beautiful oceanfront setting, with over 15 acres of extensive botanical gardens at the Pacific Shoes Resort & Spa.
Our Smoke ‘N Water Experience
We thoroughly enjoyed our dining experience at Smoke ‘N Water and loved the vibe and atmosphere. We were warmly greeted by General Manager David Jones, who told us about the restaurant and its rich history. Our server Sam was friendly, knowledgeable about all of the dishes on the menu, and she was professional in her approach.
Our three-year-old son sat in a high chair in the corner and we all faced outwards to the rest of the restaurant and stage where the band was playing. The music was fun and lighthearted, and it somewhat reminded me of a fun and laid-back Key West bar in Florida.
(Above: Calamari Salad made up of mixed greens topped with marinated tomatoes, bruniose bell peppers, shaved carrots, and flame grilled calamari.)
We were offered a set menu from the new Executive Chef on the team, Chef Robert Vandermeer, which provided us with a tasty impression of the restaurant’s new and upcoming menu. Our meal included mixed greens dressed with sherry red wine vinaigrette and topped with marinated tomatoes, bruniose bell peppers, shaved carrots, and flame grilled calamari.
I loved the way the calamari was cooked, as it wasn’t greasy or covered in batter. It was actually very light, which I believe a salad should be. The vinaigrette was very tasty as well. This salad was a hit with me and it was a nice introduction to our meal.
Up next, was honey balsamic lemon glazed salmon served with lemon cilantro quinoa, grilled asparagus, and roasted peppers. My husband and I loved the quinoa base of the fresh salmon. The salmon was cooked to perfection and we were both very happy. Our son had a yummy kid-friendly flame-grilled burger with fries, which is usually his go-to meal when out. He was very distracted by the band and spent most of the night dancing away in his high chair. That’s at least until his birthday sundae came out! (see below)
Our meal ended with a decadent New York Style Cheesecake and Crème caramel served with whipped cream and praline garnish. What a delight! Everything was tasty and served in a very colourful manner.
In a Nutshell
We were very happy with our visit and our dining experience. Everyone was very warm and friendly. We felt well taken care of by the staff and David Jones, and I would highly recommend this lively, fun restaurant to families, friends, and couples visiting Nanoose Bay, Vancouver Island, British Columbia.
Address: 1-1600 Stroulger Road, Nanoose Bay, British Columbia
Hours of Operation:
Sunday to Thursday 8:00 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Friday and Saturday 8:00 a.m. – 11 p.m.