Anchored the sailboat behind the breakwater in Sooke basin last night after an 80 nautical miles ride from Effingham Bay in Barkley sound. Quickly inflated the dinghy and left it at the Government dock, and walked up the few steps to Markus’s Wharfside heavenly cottage. The welcome was amazing despite our weathered looks and sailing clothes and before we knew it, we sat down at a table overlooking the basin and Juan de Fuca Straight covered in white caps announcing what would turn out to be a dark and stormy night, with sounds out of Wuthering Heights, later at anchor in a true gale.
All the dishes we ordered were a 10 and the service was also a 10, unquestionably. In fact, everything was a 10, the room, the view, the knowledgeable staff eager to please, the linens, the produce, the herbs, the seafood, the vegetables, the presentation. A rare combination of perfection in a soothing setting, the table was by the front beds with among others, rosemary, sage and dahlias that could rival with Cougar Annie’s famous plants from the Hesquiat peninsula.
Markus’ Wharfside alone is worth a trip to Sooke! Should not wait for a sail to Barkley sound!